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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)

Christ comforts the women of Jerusalem (Luke 23:27-31)

Christ comforts the women of Jerusalem (Luke 23:27-31)

As Christ carried the cross-beam through the streets of Jerusalem, he was accompanied by a great crowd of people, among whom were women in mourning for him. The episode is only mentioned in St Luke’s gospel, which is often described as the ‘gospel of women’ because of its strong female focus. St Luke’s tells us … Continue reading Christ comforts the women of Jerusalem (Luke 23:27-31)

Abraham sacrifices Isaac (Genesis 22:1-19)

Abraham sacrifices Isaac (Genesis 22:1-19)

The moving story of the sacrifice of Isaac is rich in significance. The book of Genesis tells us that God told Abraham to sacrifice his beloved son Isaac to him, on Mount Moriah. Abraham set out to do just that, taking the boy Isaac up the mountain and building an altar for the sacrifice. Only at … Continue reading Abraham sacrifices Isaac (Genesis 22:1-19)

The Seven Penitential Psalms (Psalms 6; 32; 38; 51; 102; 130 and 143)

The Seven Penitential Psalms (Psalms 6; 32; 38; 51; 102; 130 and 143)

The Seven Penitential Psalms are seven prayers of repentance that are found throughout the book of Psalms. They were traditionally considered to have been written by King David, who repented of the sin of adultery and was therefore viewed as a model penitent. In the medieval Church in particular, the Seven Penitential Psalms were often used … Continue reading The Seven Penitential Psalms (Psalms 6; 32; 38; 51; 102; 130 and 143)