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Thu, Nov 26th - 10:41AM

Dream of Saint Joseph

Dream of Saint Joseph by ChampaigneChapter 1 of St Matthew's Gospel describes how the Angel of the Lord appears to Joseph in a dream to tell him that Mary has conceived of the Holy Ghost, and that she shall give birth to a son, Jesus.

Shown is The Dream of Saint Joseph painted in 1638 by Phillipe de Champaigne (1602-1674). The picture comes from the Chapel of Saint Joseph of the now demolished church of the Convent of Minims, Paris. It was purchased by the National Gallery, London in 1957.

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Thu, Nov 19th - 10:48AM

New International Version Bible

New International Version BibleAccording to the publisher of the New International Version Bible, it has become the most popular modern English translation of the Bible, having sold more than 215 million copies worldwide. It is especially popular among American Evangelicals.

The translation took ten years and involved a team of up to 100 people from the USA, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. The translators came from twenty different denominations and their intent was to produce an accurate and readable translation that would fall between formal and functional equivalence.

The New Testament was released in 1973 and the full Bible in 1978.

New International Version of Psalm 77 is the translation of the supplication and lament recited by an individual seeking deliverance in times of personal crisis.

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Sat, Nov 7th - 7:56AM

Saint Mark

Saint Mark the EvangelistBorn John Mark, he is frequently identified with Mark the son of Mary, a householder of Jerusalem, at whose home the early Christians held meetings in the days of persecution (Acts 12:12). His Roman surname (Marcus) and his relationship to Saint Barnabas, a Cyprian (Colossians 4:10) suggest that he was a Gentile. Saint Peter called him "son" (1 Peter 5:13), an appellation indicating the strong personal bond between them.

Mark was probably converted to Christianity under Peter's ministry in Jerusalem and thereafter acted as Peter's interpreter because the apostle had little knowledge of Greek. He went with his cousin Barnabas and Saint Paul to Antioch in Pisidia from Jerusalem, but he left them at Perga in southern Asia Minor and returned to Jerusalem (Acts 12:25, 13:5). He accompanied Barnabas to Cyprus in about ad50, but Paul was unwilling to take him on another journey. Nothing is known about Mark's activities during the next ten years, but during Paul's first Roman captivity, about ad60, Mark was in Rome preparing to leave for Asia Minor. They became reconciled, so that five years later Paul wrote to Saint Timothy, who was probably then at Ephesus, asking that he bring Mark to him (2 Timothy 4:11).

According to tradition, Mark wrote his Gospel in Rome, basing it on Peter's teachings. It is supposed that he last worked at Alexandria. Mark is a patron saint of notaries.

St Mark's-by-the-Lake Anglican Church, Tecumseh, Ontario is one of many churches named after St Mark. His feast day is April 25.

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Tue, Nov 3rd - 4:33PM

Little Johnny and his family were having Sunday dinner at his Grandmother's house. Everyone was seated around the table as the food was being served. When Little Johnny received his plate, he started eating right away.

"Johnny! Please wait until we say our prayer," said his mother.

"I don't need to," the boy replied.

"Of course, you do," his mother insisted. "We always say a prayer before eating at our house."

"That's at our house." Johnny explained. "But this is Grandma's house and she knows how to cook."

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