The book of Malachi was written in the 5th century BC, after the reconstruction of the Temple of Jerusalem by Zerubbabel. Malachi was the last of the Twelve Minor Prophets and his name means ‘messenger’. In his book, he wrote about acceptable worship, faithfulness in marriage, the coming of the Messiah and the Day of … Continue reading Malachi foretells the Mass (Malachi 1:10-11)
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Solomon was the son of King David, the musical monarch of Israel. When his father died, he succeeded him as king. At the beginning of his reign, Solomon was a man of great faith. Naturally, therefore, he turned to God for guidance as to how he should rule. As Pope Benedict XVI observed: “Solomon inherited … Continue reading King Solomon asks for wisdom (1 Kings 3:1-15)
The third station pictures Christ losing his strength and falling to the ground under the heavy weight of the cross. This was due to his earlier ordeals, which had left him wounded, weak and covered in blood.
This station tells the story of Simon of Cyrene, who was plucked from the crowd to help Christ to carry the cross, who was clearly struggling with its weight.
Christ went out through the city gate to the hill of Golgotha, which we know in English as ‘Calvary’. When he reached the summit, the soldiers stripped him of his clothes, leaving him naked and defenceless.
The First Joyful Mystery of the Rosary is the Annunciation. It's a meditation on the visit of the angel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary, to share the news that she was pregnant with the Christ Child.
According to the Book of Acts, shortly after St Peter’s first great sermon and the conversion of three thousand people, a miracle occurred that underlined Christ’s continued power to both relieve suffering and transform lives. Pope Francis begins the story: “Peter and John go to pray at the Temple, the centre of Israel’s experience of … Continue reading St Peter heals a disabled beggar (Acts 3:1-10)
13th December“A son will be born to the house of David by the name of Josiah.” (1 Kings 13:2) Josiah may not be that widely known, but along with Hezekiah, he was one of Judah’s most saintly kings. Like Christ, his birth was prophesied hundreds of years beforehand (1 Kings 13:1-2). He brought religious reform … Continue reading King Josiah, the religious reformer
12th December “I tell you, many prophets and kings desired to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.” (Luke 10:24) King Hezekiah was another of Christ’s royal ancestors. He ruled Judah during the time of the prophets Isaiah and Micah, at the … Continue reading King Hezekiah, the messenger of mercy
11th December “Solomon, the son of David, strengthened his hold on the kingdom, for the Lord his God was with him and made him exceedingly powerful.” (2 Chronicles 1:1) When King David died, his son Solomon succeeded him as ruler of Israel. When he was young, Solomon was a faithful king and his nation was … Continue reading King Solomon, the peacemaker