Tag: Stained glass

The Piercing of the Messiah (Zechariah 12:10-14)

The Piercing of the Messiah (Zechariah 12:10-14)

The Prophet Zechariah served God at a critical time, when the Jews had just returned from exile in Babylon (around 520 BC). He was from a priestly family and lived at the same time as the prophet Haggai (Nehemiah 12:1,12,16). The two of them supported the high priest Joshua and the governor Zerubbabel in the … Continue reading The Piercing of the Messiah (Zechariah 12:10-14)

The Visitation (Luke 1:39-45)

The Visitation (Luke 1:39-45)

‘The Visitation’ is the formal name for the visit of the Virgin Mary to her elderly relative, St Elizabeth. The episode is described only in St Luke’s gospel. It took place straight after the angel Gabriel told Mary that she was pregnant. Mary’s first thought on receiving this news was for her elderly relative Elizabeth, … Continue reading The Visitation (Luke 1:39-45)

St Peter’s rescue from prison (Acts 12:1-19)

St Peter’s rescue from prison (Acts 12:1-19)

After the execution of St James Major, King Herod had St Peter thrown into prison. As it was Passover, he ordered a very strict guard to be kept over him until the festival was over, when he would stand trial. In the meantime, the whole Church prayed for his deliverance. The night before his trial, … Continue reading St Peter’s rescue from prison (Acts 12:1-19)

King David’s affair with Bathsheba (2 Samuel 11:1-12:15)

King David’s affair with Bathsheba (2 Samuel 11:1-12:15)

Towards the beginning of his reign, the previously prayerful King David dramatically fell from grace. He had an affair with Bathsheba, the wife of Uriah the Hittite, who was one of his most loyal soldiers. To cover up the scandal, he then had Uriah killed. It all began when King David was walking on his … Continue reading King David’s affair with Bathsheba (2 Samuel 11:1-12:15)

The Trial of Susanna (Daniel 13:1-64)

The Trial of Susanna (Daniel 13:1-64)

Towards the end of the book of Daniel is a dramatic tale about how the prophet saved an innocent woman named Susanna from the death penalty. It’s a story about attempted rape, the abuse of power and the right to a fair trial. It’s set in Babylon, where the Jews where living in exile. It … Continue reading The Trial of Susanna (Daniel 13:1-64)

The First Gospel (Genesis 3:14-19)

The First Gospel (Genesis 3:14-19)

After the Fall of Adam and Eve, Genesis says that God spoke to each of those involved (the snake, the woman and the man) about the consequences of their sin. While explaining the punishment they would each receive, he also provided reassurance to Adam and Eve that all was not lost. God said to the … Continue reading The First Gospel (Genesis 3:14-19)

The Temptation of Christ (Luke 4:1-13)

The Temptation of Christ (Luke 4:1-13)

The gospels say that after his baptism, the Holy Spirit led Christ into the desert for a spiritual retreat (Matthew 4:1-11; Mark 1:12-13; Luke 4:1-13). Although there were wild animals in the desert, the angels looked after him. After he had fasted for forty days and forty nights, the Devil arrived to tempt him. Pope … Continue reading The Temptation of Christ (Luke 4:1-13)

The Benedictus (Luke 1:67-80)

The Benedictus (Luke 1:67-80)

The Benedictus is the name of a poetic speech given by St Zechariah, the father of St John the Baptist. It’s named after the first word of the poem – ‘Benedictus’ - which is the Latin word for ‘Blessed’. He uttered these words after regaining his faith and the power of speech. Pope St John … Continue reading The Benedictus (Luke 1:67-80)

The Council of Jerusalem (Acts 15:1-29)

The Council of Jerusalem (Acts 15:1-29)

In the Church’s early days, in the city of Antioch, there was a disagreement over the subject of circumcision. Some Jewish Christians insisted that new converts to the faith should be circumcised, in keeping with the Law of Moses. However, St Paul and St Barnabas, who were visiting the city, argued for the opposite view. … Continue reading The Council of Jerusalem (Acts 15:1-29)

The Temptation & Fall (Genesis 3:1-24)

The Temptation & Fall (Genesis 3:1-24)

The famous story of the Temptation of Adam and Eve touches on several themes. This includes the nature of temptation, the power of free will and what later became known as the teaching of ‘Original Sin’. While describing a real event, the story contains a number of symbols. While living in the Garden of Eden, … Continue reading The Temptation & Fall (Genesis 3:1-24)