Tag: Icon

St Matthew, Apostle & Evangelist (Matthew 9:9-13)

St Matthew, Apostle & Evangelist (Matthew 9:9-13)

St. Matthew was one of the Twelve Apostles and is traditionally considered the author of the gospel that bears his name. Pope Benedict XVI explained: “His name in Hebrew means "gift of God". The first canonical Gospel, which goes under his name, presents him to us in the list of the Twelve, labelled very precisely: … Continue reading St Matthew, Apostle & Evangelist (Matthew 9:9-13)

The Hospitality of Abraham (Genesis 18:1-15)

The Hospitality of Abraham (Genesis 18:1-15)

This painting by the Benedictine nun and artist Sister Petra Clare is based on the famous Russian icon by Andrei Rublev, known as the Trinity or the Hospitality of Abraham. The story of Abraham's warm welcome of three strangers contains a number of messages - the foretelling of a miraculous birth, as well as the importance of … Continue reading The Hospitality of Abraham (Genesis 18:1-15)

The Ascension of Christ (Acts 1:1-11)

The Ascension of Christ (Acts 1:1-11)

After rising from the dead, Christ continued to appear to his followers for forty days. Once this time was up, he then returned to heaven. According to St Luke, the eleven remaining apostles - and those with them - were witnesses of this event, which is known as the 'Ascension' of Christ (cf Luke 24:33). … Continue reading The Ascension of Christ (Acts 1:1-11)