Christ, our Paschal Lamb, has been sacrificed. Therefore, let us celebrate the feast, not with the old yeast, the yeast of depravity and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
This mosaic tells the story of the Prophet Jonah, who – like Christ – was from Galilee. Jonah lived during the reign of King Jeroboam II of Israel, in the 8th century BC (2 Kings 14:25). His ministry, which is described in the book named after him, reflects several themes – reluctance to serve God, … Continue reading Jonah and the Whale (Jonah 2:1-10)
The ninth station visualises Christ’s third painful fall in the city street. The message of this station is that even when we feel that is impossible to go on, God is our refuge and our help.
The 13th station is known as the Deposition of Christ. It pictures the body of Jesus being taken down from the cross. Pontius Pilate permitted St Joseph of Arimathaea to remove Christ’s body from the cross.
The Third Glorious Mystery of the Rosary is the Descent of the Holy Spirit. It's a meditation on when Christ sent the Holy Spirit upon the apostles and his mother, following his Ascension.
The Fifth Sorrowful Mystery of the Rosary is the Crucifixion. It's a meditation on Christ's death, including being nailed to the cross and his last words to his mother.
The Third Luminous Mystery of the Rosary is the Proclamation of the Kingdom. It's a meditation on Christ's preaching about the arrival of the kingdom of God.
20th December “But from you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, among the tiniest of the clans of Judah, from you will come forth for me one who is to be a ruler in Israel, one whose origins are from the distant past, from ancient times.” (Micah 5:1) Micah was one of the Twelve Minor Prophets and possibly … Continue reading The Prophet Micah speaks of the Messiah’s birth
15th December "The virgin will be with child, and she will give birth to a son, and she will name him Immanuel." (Isaiah 7:14) Having learned more about Christ’s ancestors, we now turn to the Old Testament prophets who spoke of his coming. Isaiah was the first of the Four Major Prophets and he lived … Continue reading The Prophet Isaiah speaks of a royal child
After being sentenced to death, Christ was ordered to carry his cross to the hill outside Jerusalem where he was to be crucified. At the time, this was standard practice for criminals. Christ probably only carried the heavy cross-beam, rather than the entire cross. The beam would then have been fixed onto an upright stake … Continue reading Christ carries his cross (John 19:16-17)