Tag: Hardmans

Queen Esther protects the Jews (Esther 8:1-8)

Queen Esther protects the Jews (Esther 8:1-8)

The book of Esther tells the story of how Esther, the queen of Persia, bravely saved her fellow-Jews from certain death. It’s a tense political drama with a young woman as its central character. The book begins by explaining how the king of Persia, Ahasuerus, divorced his first wife. Afterwards, he ordered that a search … Continue reading Queen Esther protects the Jews (Esther 8:1-8)

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 Road to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-35)

The Road to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-35)

This very human story of how Christ talked anonymously with two mourning disciples is found in St Luke’s gospel, although it’s briefly mentioned in St Mark’s too (16:12-13). Pope Benedict XVI once summarised it very well. He said: “It tells the tale of two followers of Christ who, on the day after the Sabbath or … Continue reading The Road to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-35)

Joseph’s Life in Egypt (Genesis 39:1 – 41:57)

Joseph’s Life in Egypt (Genesis 39:1 – 41:57)

This remarkable ‘Joseph’ window tells almost the entire story of the lives of both Joseph and St Joseph, the foster-father of Christ. Various events from the life of Joseph are paired with similar events in the later life of St Joseph. This is because one was understood to foreshadow the other. The window, which is by Hardmans, dates to 1882 and is found within the rosary shrine of Our Lady & St Dominic, London.

The Covenant with Noah (Genesis 8:20 – 9:17)

The Covenant with Noah (Genesis 8:20 – 9:17)

Following the Great Flood, the book of Genesis says that one of the first things that Noah did on reaching dry land was to thank God by offering him sacrifices. This pleased God, who then made a covenant - a pact - with Noah and indeed with all of creation. This covenant involved a promise that … Continue reading The Covenant with Noah (Genesis 8:20 – 9:17)

The Resurrection of the Messiah (Psalm 16:8-11)

The Resurrection of the Messiah (Psalm 16:8-11)

In his preaching to the crowds, St Peter interpreted Psalm 16 as a prophecy that Christ (in Hebrew, Messiah) would rise from the dead. After quoting the Psalm, he said: "David spoke of the resurrection of the Messiah, saying, “He was not abandoned to Hades, nor did his flesh experience corruption.” (Acts 2:22-31) St Paul referred to the Psalm in a similar … Continue reading The Resurrection of the Messiah (Psalm 16:8-11)

The Death of Joseph (Genesis 50:22-26)

The Death of Joseph (Genesis 50:22-26)

This stained glass scene is of the death of Joseph in Egypt, surrounded by his eleven brothers. Joseph had led a successful life there with his family, after arriving as a slave many years earlier. Now on his deathbed, he had some last instructions for them. Joseph told his brothers (as per the Latin scroll … Continue reading The Death of Joseph (Genesis 50:22-26)

Daniel in the Lion’s Den (Daniel 6:1-25)

Daniel in the Lion’s Den (Daniel 6:1-25)

This beautiful image tells the famous story of Daniel in the lion's den. Daniel was one of the four major prophets of the Old Testament. According to the story, he was an important politician within the court of the Persian king, Darius. Due to the jealousy of his rivals, however, he was found guilty of praying to … Continue reading Daniel in the Lion’s Den (Daniel 6:1-25)

Judith slays Holofernes (Judith 13:1-10)

Judith slays Holofernes (Judith 13:1-10)

Judith is the main character of the book in the Old Testament that bears her name. The story is of how she saved Israel from destruction by beheading the sleeping Assyrian general, Holofernes (Judith 13:1-10). This stained glass window depicting Judith was produced by the Hardmans firm in 1901 and is found in the Blessed Sacrament … Continue reading Judith slays Holofernes (Judith 13:1-10)