Rebekah is a central figure in one of the great family dramas of the Bible. She was the wife of Isaac and the mother of twin boys - Esau and Jacob. She was also a distant ancestor of Christ. Her story is found in the book of Genesis, which explains how Abraham sent his servant … Continue reading Rebekah at the well (Genesis 24:1-67)
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Rachel was one of the great women of the Old Testament. She was the daughter of Laban and worked as a shepherdess, caring for her father’s flock. Rachel and her family lived in the land of the east, where Abraham had grown up. She met her husband Jacob at a well while watering her sheep … Continue reading Rachel the Shepherdess (Genesis 29:1-30)
This remarkable ‘Joseph’ window tells almost the entire story of the lives of both Joseph and St Joseph, the foster-father of Christ. Various events from the life of Joseph are paired with similar events in the later life of St Joseph. This is because one was understood to foreshadow the other. The window, which is by Hardmans, dates to 1882 and is found within the rosary shrine of Our Lady & St Dominic, London.
St James Major was one of the twelve apostles called by Christ to share in his mission. Along with his brother St John (who also became an apostle), he was a fisherman. Christ met him when he was mending nets with his brother at the sea of Galilee and invited him to become a disciple. … Continue reading The Martyrdom of St James (Acts 12:1-3)
During the time of the Judges - the first rulers of Israel - the land was often invaded by the Midianites. These raiders from the south regularly stole livestock and destroyed crops. To deal with this situation, God sent an angel to visit Gideon the son of Joash. Greeting him as a “mighty warrior”, the … Continue reading Gideon and his fleece (Judges 6:1-40)
This stained glass scene is of Hannah encouraging her son Samuel – who was to later become a great prophet - to read the Scriptures. Hannah was married to Elkanah but had been unable to have children, which was something that caused her great pain. During the yearly family pilgrimage to the Temple, in tears … Continue reading Hannah commits Samuel to God (1 Samuel 1:1-28; 2:18-21)
Good King Hezekiah - or ‘Ezekias’ - was an ancestor of Christ who lived at the same time as the prophets Isaiah and Hosea. He was king of Judah, which had previously been part of Israel. Compared to other rulers of Judah, Hezekiah was one of the good guys: “He trusted in the LORD the … Continue reading King Hezekiah’s recovery (Isaiah 38:1-20)