May 24, 2017

St. Manaen - A Friend of Herod Antipas!

Besides being one of the very early Christians, a teacher, a prophet, and one of those who prayed over and sent Paul away on to his First Missionary Journey, St. Manaen was, very intriguingly, also a friend of Herod the Tetrarch (Herod Antipas) - the same Herod who had John the Baptist beheaded!

Herod Antipas - Friend of St. Manaen

Learn More About St. Manaen

Saint Joanna, the Wife of Chuza

The Holy Galilean Women
by Peter Paul Rubens circa 1613

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

After witnessing Jesus' horrific crucifixion, and then obeying God's command to rest for the Sabbath, the Holy Women of Galilee returned to the tomb to anoint the body of Jesus.  They were puzzled when when they did not see Jesus, however, two angels reminded them that Jesus would rise on the third day.

The women were Mary Magdalene, Joanna, and Mary, the mother of James; the others who accompanied them also told this to the apostles.    - Luke 24:10

May 20, 2017

Saint Lydia .. The First to Embrace Christianity in Europe

St. Lydia Church
In The Village of Lydia In Greece
What a pleasure it would be to visit this church in Greece named after St. Lydia.  She doesn't have a lot of churches names after her, yet she was quite instrumental in letting Christianity flow into Europe!  Of course, it was God who opened her heart to Paul's words during his earliest missionary visit in Europe, but Lydia let God's influence move her and she became a believer.  And, because she was a business woman of some influence, besides being baptized herself, she had "her household" baptized as well, thus beginning the spread of Christianity into ancient Macedonia and beyond.  

This Early Church Saint is known as ...

St. Lydia of Thyatira 
(she is from Thyatira in modern Turkey)

St. Lydia Purpuraria
(purpuraria means purple-dealer - Acts 16:14)

St. Lydia of Philippi
(Where she was converted by Paul)

... or simply St. Lydia.

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St. Lydia In The Bible
Acts 16:11-15, 40

Learn More About St. Lydia

A Few Ministries Named After St. Lydia

St. Lydia Block

St. Lydia Prayer Card

May 20 - Martyrologium Romanum (2004)
Many sources list August 3 as the Feast Day of St. Lydia, 
however, the 2004 Roman Martyrology has her listed on May 20.

Perhaps the date was changed in order to align it with St. Lydia's Feast Day in the Eastern Orthodox Church.

But, truly, it doesn't matter which day you chose to read about, 
ponder, or reflect upon this inspiring New Testament saint.
St. Lydia is inspiring any day of the year!

May 14, 2017

A Bit of Saint Matthias Trivia

St. Matthias

Today is the feast of St. Matthias ... a saint from the Bible.  See how many of these trivia questions you can answer about St. Matthias:
1)  Is he a New Testament or Old Testament Saint?
2) What was his title in the Bible?
3) What was his relationship to St. Joseph of Barsabbas?
4) St. Matthias received his calling just before what feast?
5) Where can you find St. Matthias in the Bible?

1) New Testament
2) Apostle (he replaced Judas Iscariot)
3) Joseph of Barsabbas was also a contender to replace Judas Iscariot, but it was Matthias who was chosen using the system of lots.
4) Pentecost
5) Acts:1:15-26

St. Matthias
by The Apostleship of Prayer

May 11, 2017

Summer Reading Give-Away ...

Take a "Look Inside" Saints in Scripture

Would you like to spend some time this summer with some saints from the Bible?

If so, consider trying for a free copy of Saints in Scripture by following these 4 3 steps:

1) Send me an e-mail at:
2) Put ... Saints in Scripture Drawing ... in the Subject Box.
3) Include your name and mailing address.  Never Mind ... I'll get this later!!!
4) Send your e-mail by June 15.

Thanks for your interest!!!  I'll put all entries into a hat and have my husband pick one on June 16!

May 10, 2017

A Novena to St. Job

Job Learning of His Misfortunes
Studying the life of St. Job can help us to remember that there are no easy explanations for our times of suffering.  It happens.  And ... we must put our faith in God and endure the trying phases as best as we can.  Job's story is also a good reminder to be careful when our friends are going through difficult times; to be cautious and considerate about advice-giving and judgment-making.  Job's friends tried to be helpful, but really made things harder for him.

St. Job
A Miniature from a Book of Hours - 1490

St. Job Novena
Day 1 ~ Job 1:1-12
Day 2 ~ Job 1:13-22
Day 3 ~ Job 2: 1-13
Day 4 ~ Job 3:1-26
Day 5 ~ Job 4:1-9
Day 6 ~ Job 16:1-4
Day 7 ~ Job 38:1-13
Day 8 ~ Job 42:1-6
Day 9 ~ Job 42:7-17

Job's Friends Giving Careless Advice
Job Chapters 4 - 27
How empty the consolation you offer me!
Your arguments remain a fraud.

St. Job & A Stunning Illuminated Manuscript (Bible Journaling)

How beautiful is this?  
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