Tag: Gothic Revival

St Michael the Archangel (Revelation 12:7-12)

St Michael the Archangel (Revelation 12:7-12)

St Michael is one of the seven archangels, or “seven spirits”, who stand before the throne of God (Revelation 1:4). His name means “Who is like God?” and he is traditionally considered to be the military leader of the angels. In one of his sermons, Pope Benedict XVI unpacked the biblical figure of St Michael … Continue reading St Michael the Archangel (Revelation 12:7-12)

Joel foretells the Holy Spirit (Joel 2:28-29)

Joel foretells the Holy Spirit (Joel 2:28-29)

Joel, the son of Pethuel, is listed second among the minor prophets. He prophesied to the people of the Kingdom of Judah, which had previously been part of Israel. He seems to have lived at the same time as the prophet Hosea, and to have written his prophecies after the destruction of the kingdom of … Continue reading Joel foretells the Holy Spirit (Joel 2:28-29)

Christ stills the Tempest (Mark 4:35-41)

Christ stills the Tempest (Mark 4:35-41)

The story of Christ calming the storm on Lake Galilee is found in three of the gospels (Matthew 8:18-27; Mark 4:35-41; Luke 8:22-25). St Mark’s account is the most graphic. Its attention to detail (such as Christ asleep on a ‘cushion’) suggests that it originally came from someone who was there - probably St Peter. … Continue reading Christ stills the Tempest (Mark 4:35-41)

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 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)