Category: Gothic Revival

The Healing Ministry of Christ (Mark 1:32-34)

The Healing Ministry of Christ (Mark 1:32-34)

According to the gospels, Christ was well-known for his ability to heal. Crowds of afflicted people flocked to him, and “he cured many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons” (Mark 1:32-34). He is also described as having raised three people from the dead. These miraculous accounts are presented as proof … Continue reading The Healing Ministry of Christ (Mark 1:32-34)

Rizpah mourns her crucified sons (2 Samuel 21:1-14)

Rizpah mourns her crucified sons (2 Samuel 21:1-14)

The story of Rizpah’s faithful vigil for her dead sons is a disturbing yet touching episode recorded in the Second Book of Samuel. Rizpah had been a concubine, or ‘official mistress’ of King Saul, before he killed himself after losing the battle of Mount Gilboa. She had two sons by him, Armoni and Meshibosheph. After … Continue reading Rizpah mourns her crucified sons (2 Samuel 21:1-14)

The Adoration of the Magi (Matthew 2:1-12)

The Adoration of the Magi (Matthew 2:1-12)

The visit of the wise men to the newborn Christ is one of the more intriguing aspects of the Christmas story. The story is described only in St Matthew’s gospel. He tells us that a group of wise men, or ‘Magi’, came from the east to worship the infant king of the Jews. It was … Continue reading The Adoration of the Magi (Matthew 2:1-12)

The Birth of St John the Baptist (Luke 1:57-66)

The Birth of St John the Baptist (Luke 1:57-66)

The story of the birth of St John the Baptist is found only in St Luke’s gospel. The event is only described very briefly, but from these nine verses a number of interesting details emerge. These include clues as to why Zechariah may have been unable to speak and of the importance of the name … Continue reading The Birth of St John the Baptist (Luke 1:57-66)

The Magnificat (Luke 1:46-56)

The Magnificat (Luke 1:46-56)

The Magnificat is a song of praise uttered by the Virgin Mary, found within the pages of St Luke’s gospel. The words of the song are based on a dramatic speech Mary made in the house of her elderly relative, St Elizabeth. Mary had just arrived there to share the news that she too was … Continue reading The Magnificat (Luke 1:46-56)

Aaron is appointed high priest (Sirach 45:6-22)

Aaron is appointed high priest (Sirach 45:6-22)

Aaron was the older brother of Moses and Israel’s first high priest. He served as Moses’ spokesperson and played a key role in leading the Israelites out of Egypt. God himself told Moses to appoint Aaron as the first high priest. This special role involved acting as mediator between the people and God. Once a … Continue reading Aaron is appointed high priest (Sirach 45:6-22)

Christ comforts the women of Jerusalem (Luke 23:27-31)

Christ comforts the women of Jerusalem (Luke 23:27-31)

As Christ carried the cross-beam through the streets of Jerusalem, he was accompanied by a great crowd of people, among whom were women in mourning for him. The episode is only mentioned in St Luke’s gospel, which is often described as the ‘gospel of women’ because of its strong female focus. St Luke’s tells us … Continue reading Christ comforts the women of Jerusalem (Luke 23:27-31)