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Sat, Jun 28th - 4:22AM

Evangelist Symbols

Four Evangelists by Pieter Aertsen 1559 Doctor of the Church, Saint Jerome assigned four symbols to the authors of the Gospels in the 4th century. These symbols have frequently been used in artistic depictions since.

Saint Matthew has the symbol of man as his gospel starts with a detailed description of Jesus' human lineage.

Saint Mark was assigned the symbol of a lion because his gospel begins with a description of John the Baptist as the roarer in the desert.

Saint Luke opens his gospel with the sacrifice of the aged Zechariah in the Temple, which is typified by a bull.

Saint John's symbol of an eagle is because the patterns of thought in his gospel can be described as flights of spirituality.

The symbols can also be seen as symbols for Jesus' incarnation, sacrificial death, Resurrection and Ascension.

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Sun, Jun 22nd - 5:11AM

Martyrs of Uganda

The Uganda Martyrs were a group of 22 Africans, including 12 boy pages, put to death from 1885 to 1887 by King Mwanga of Uganda for refusing to renounce Christianity. They were canonized as saints of the Roman Catholic Church in 1964.

After refusing to deny their faith, Charles Lwanga and the court pages he supervised were marched to Namugongo, where they were beaten, wrapped in reed mats and burnt alive. Their feast day is a public holiday in Uganda.

Shown left is the Martys Monument at Namugongo in Uganda, which commemorates the 3 June 1886 martyrdom.

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Sun, Jun 15th - 3:05AM

Morning Prayer

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Mon, Jun 9th - 4:24AM

Holy House of Loreto

Santa Casa in Loreto in central Italy is said to be the house in which the Virgin Mary lived in Nazareth and where an angel told her she would be the mother of Jesus. According to tradition, the brick house was borne by angels from Galilee first to Fiume (now Rijeka, Croatia), in 1291, and then to Loreto, in 1294.

It is more likely that the transport of the Santa Casa happened by sea by monks and crusaders. Archaeological evidence and documents uncovered in 1962 suggest that the house may indeed derive from the region of Nazareth as its limestone and cedar construction materials are not available in the area of Loreto.

It is now enclosed by the Santuario della Santa Casa, a church begun in 1468 and later adorned with notable artwork. Today Loreto is one of the most visited pilgrimage sites in Europe with an estimated 4 million annual visitors.

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Mon, Jun 2nd - 4:35AM

The Sunday School teacher had just finished recounting how angels rescued Lot and his family from Sodom but how Lot's wife looked back and turned into a pillar of salt.

Fascinated little Billy excitedly announced, "My Mommy looked back once while she was driving and she turned into a telephone pole!"

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