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)
On the night he was betrayed, Christ gathered his twelve apostles together for a evening meal that we know as the ‘Last Supper’. This meal was a celebration of the Jewish Passover, but it was also much more than that. St Luke tells us that once the group was gathered in the upper room of … Continue reading The Last Supper (Luke 22:7-38)
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)
Just before Christ ascended to heaven, he promised his apostles that after he was gone, he would empower them with the Holy Spirit. They were to wait in Jerusalem for this to happen (Acts 1:1-4). This event took place ten days later, on the feast day of Pentecost. They were all gathered together in the Upper Room … Continue reading The Descent of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:1-11)