March 07, 2012

Returning in January, 2017 ... With a Few Additions!

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses*, let us rid ourselves of every burden and sin that clings to us and persevere in running the race that lies before us ...                       ~ Hebrews 12:1a

In 2017, I will be adding a few more touches to Bible Saints! 

The time has come to put the last touch on this scrapbook blog. Each saint of the Bible has been included in at least two postings ... and so I'm feeling that it's time to bring this project to a close.  To those who have followed along - thanks for your company!   To those visiting for the first time, please take a look at the names/labels to the right and click on the name of a saint or two that catches your interest! 

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* “cloud of witnesses” - those who are already in heaven (CCC 2683)

March 04, 2012

Go Down Moses

Moses and Aaron Speaking to Pharaoh
by James Jacques Joseph Tissot
c. 1896-1902
Fun song ... A good one to teach a CCD class, or just to listen to!

Go Down Moses

Go down Moses
Way down in Egypt land
Tell old Pharaoh to Let My People Go!
Now when Israel was in Egypt land ... Let My People Go!
Oppressed so hard they could not stand ... Let My People Go!

So the Lord said: “Go down, Moses, way down in Egypt land;
tell old Pharaoh to Let My People Go!”
So Moses went to Egypt land ... Let My People Go!
He made old Pharaoh understand ... Let My People Go!

Yes, the Lord said, “God down, Moses, way down in Egypt land;
tell old Pharaoh to Let My People Go!”
Thus spoke the Lord, bold Moses said, “Let My People Go!
If not I’ll smite your firstborn dead, Let My People Go!”

'Cause the Lord said, “Go down, Moses, way down in Egypt land;
tell old Pharaoh to Let My People Go!”
“Tell old Pharaoh to Let My People Go!”

St. Moses is honored on September 4.
St. Aaron is honored on July 1. 

March 01, 2012

Saint Simon of Jerusalem & Pella

St. Simon of Jerusalem

Most information on St. Simon of Jerusalem comes from resources other than the Bible.  His name is recorded in the Bible just once … in Matthew 13:55, as a relative of Jesus.  Other historical documents have let us know that he was the second Bishop of Jerusalem, brought the early Jewish-Christian community of Jerusalem to Pella (across the Jordan River) to avoid the dangers associated with the destruction of the Temple in A.D. 70, and then safely brought the community back to Jerusalem when the time of threat was over.  Sadly, St. Simon of Jerusalem was ultimately martyred for his Faith. 

You can find both Jerusalem and Pella on this map.
Jerusalem is just northwest of the Dead Sea.
Pella is along the Jordan River, north of R. Jabbok.

Ruins of Pella, Jordan

 The Feast of Saint Simon of Jerusalem is April 27.

February 27, 2012

Biblical Illuminations - And A Fun CCD Lesson

An Illuminated Letter "P"
followed by "etrus,"
creating the name
"Peter" in Latin.

This Illuminated manuscript
comes from a 1407 AD hand-copied 
and illuminated Bible.

I love the old medieval and prayerful art of Illuminated Manuscripts.  Creating illuminated Bible verses can be a fun CCD lesson … Have your students copy a Bible verse (maybe the Responsorial Psalm from Sunday’s mass) and make the first letter of the verse extra-large.  Then have them make colorful doodles and designs around the first letter.  If there is extra time, have the students decorate (or for the more artistic kids, draw relevant images) along the borders.

X  X  X

February 24, 2012

Highlighting the Galilean Women

Accompanying Him were the Twelve and some women who had been cured of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out, Joanna, the wife of Herod’s steward Chuza, Susanna, and many others who provided for them out of their resources.

Luke 8:1b-3

These Galilean women (sometimes called The Holy Myrrhbearers) really did a lot for Jesus and his ministry.  Not only did they accompany Him and the Twelve, but they also helped to “provide for them.”  They were also present at the Crucifixion, burial, and some of the first witnesses of the resurrection.  Except for Mary Magdalene, they sometimes get lost in the shuffle.  Their introduction, found in Luke’s Gospel, is an optional part of one Sunday reading during the three-year cycle of readings:

Luke 7:36—8:3

(or Luke 7:36-50)
Year C
11th Sunday
in Ordinary Time

(typically in June)

Feast Days of the Galilean Women:
The Holy Myrrhbearers - The Third Sunday of Easter
Mary of Clopas - April 24
Salome - April 24 
Joanna - May 24
Mary Magdalene - July 22

February 21, 2012

Saints In The Stations Of The Cross

This Lent, if you participate in praying the Stations of the Cross, try to take a closer look and see if you can find the following Bible Saints:

4th Station:
Jesus Meets his mother, Mary

6th Station
St. Veronica Cleans the Face of Jesus

12th Station:
Jesus Dies on the Cross
Mary the Blessed Mother, The Apostle John,
Mary Magdalene, Mary of Clopas, Salome, 
some Un-Named Galilean Women, and Longinus are there. 
Although he is not in the depiction above, 
Dismas was also present.

13th Station:
The Body of Jesus is Taken Down From the Cross
Joseph of Arimathea, Nicodemus,
Mary the Blessed Mother,
Mary Magdalene, Mary of Clopas,
and some Un-Named Women of Galilee were present.

14th Station
Jesus is Laid in His Tomb
Joseph of Arimathea, Nicodemus,
Mary Magdalene, Mary of Clopas,
and some Un-Named Women of Galilee are there.

Stations of the Cross

Jesus' Passion in Scripture:
Matthew 27
Mark 15
Luke 23
John 19

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February 19, 2012

St. James the Greater ~ The First Apostle to be Martyred

A Bas Relief of
St. James the Greater
Along the Camino
de Santiago de Compostela
in Spain
Intriguingly, St. James the Greater disappears from Scripture following the first Christian Pentecost (Acts 1-2) and then reappears ten chapters later, when we learn that he was the first of the apostles to be martyred …

About that time King Herod laid hands upon some members of the church to harm them.  He had James, the brother of John, killed by the sword, and when he saw that this was pleasing to the Jews he proceeded to arrest Peter also.
-      Acts 12:1-3

Novena to St. James the Greater
Saint James,
Son of Zebedee,
Apostle of Christ,
Pray for us.
- Our Father, Glory Be, Hail Mary -


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