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Today's Gospel in Art - The Blind Beggar

Begging Jesus, Timothy Schmaltz, 2017, © Timothy Schmaltz, all rights reserved

Gospel of 18th November 2019 - Luke 18:35-43 As Jesus drew near to Jericho there was a blind man sitting at the side of the road begging. When he heard the crowd going past he asked what it was all about, and they told him that Jesus the Nazarene was passing by. So he called out, 'Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me.' The people in front scolded him and to...

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Today's Gospel in Art - Destruction of the Temple foretold

Destruction of the Temple of Jerusalem,  by Francesco Hayez,  1867,  © Gallerie dell'Accademia, Venice

Gospel of 17th November 2019 - Luke 21:5-19 When some were talking about the Temple, remarking how it was adorned with fine stonework and votive offerings, Jesus said: "All these things you are staring at now - the time will come when not a single stone will be left on another: everything will be destroyed.' And they put to him this question: 'Master,' they ...

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Today's Gospel in Art - Pray continually and never lose heart

Aston Martin DB5, 1963, DB series named after Sir David Brown (owner of Aston Martin 1947 to 1972). The best-known James Bond car, first appeared in Goldfinger © Photo courtesy Petrolicious

Gospel of 16th November 2019 - Luke 18:1-8 Jesus told his disciples a parable about the need to pray continually and never lose heart. 'There was a judge in a certain town' he said 'who had neither fear of God nor respect for man. In the same town there was a widow who kept on coming to him and saying, "I want justice from you against my enemy!" For a long t...

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Today's Gospel in Art - As it was in Noah's day

Noah in Front of the Ark, Book illustration cover, 1968 © James E McConnell, all rights reserved

Gospel of 15th November 2019 - Luke 17:26-37 Jesus said to the disciples:

'As it was in Noah's day, so will it also be in the days of the Son of Man. People were eating and drinking, marrying wives and husbands, right up to the day Noah went into the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all. It will be the same as it was in Lot's day: people were...

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Sto Lat - Polish centenary concert now on-line

Presenters Kasia Madera and Grazyna Torbicka

One year ago, a sensational concert took place at the Royal Albert Hall to celebrate the centenary of the return of Poland to the map of Europe. An audience of more than 5,000 attended the long-awaited 'Sto Lat' which featured an outstanding once in a lifetime line-up of famous Polish musicians, singers, and stars of stage and screen, flown in for the night, as well performances from well-estab...

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Today's Gospel in Art - The kingdom of God is among you

Hand of God,  Lorenzo Quinn 2011 © Lorenzo Quinn, all rights reserved

Gospel of 14th November 2019 Asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God was to come, Jesus gave them this answer, 'The coming of the kingdom of God does not admit of observation and there will be no one to say, "Look here! Look there!" For, you must know, the kingdom of God is among you.'

He said to the disciples, 'A time will come when you will lo...

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Today's Gospel in Art - Along the border between Samaria and Galilee

Fleeing Mosul, by Diane Hanna, Iraq  2018 © Diane Hanna

Gospel of 13th November 2019 - Luke 17:11-19 On the way to Jerusalem Jesus travelled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he entered one of the villages, ten lepers came to meet him. They stood some way off and called to him, 'Jesus! Master! Take pity on us.' When he saw them he said, 'Go and show yourselves to the priests.' Now as they were goin...

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Today's Gospel in Art - We are merely servants

Heads of Six of Hogarth's Servants, William Hogarth 1750 © Tate Britain, London

Gospel of 12th November 2019 - Luke 17:7-10 Jesus said to his disciples: 'Which of you, with a servant ploughing or minding sheep, would say to him when he returned from the fields, "Come and have your meal immediately"? Would he not be more likely to say, "Get my supper laid; make yourself tidy and wait on me while I eat and drink. You can eat and drink you...

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National Gallery launches public appeal to save Orazio Gentileschi's The Finding of Moses

The Finding of Moses by Orazio Gentileschi

The National Gallery is asking for the public's help to raise the last £2 million it needs to buy a painting of outstanding importance for the national heritage - The Finding of Moses by Orazio Gentileschi (early 1630's) - and enable the work to stay on free public display in Trafalgar Square and continue to inspire future generations.

The Finding of Moses has a remarkable place in Bri...

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Today's Gospel in Art - If your brother does something wrong, reprove him

Ghent Altarpiece, Jan Van Eyck & Hubert Van Eyck, 1432, © St Bavo's Cathedral, Ghent, Belgium

Gospel of 11th November 2019 - Luke 17:1-6 Jesus said to his disciples: 'Obstacles are sure to come, but alas for the one who provides them! It would be better for him to be thrown into the Sea with a millstone put round his neck than that he should lead astray a single one of these little ones. Watch yourselves!

If your brother does something wrong, r...

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Today's Gospel in Art - God, not of the dead, but of the living

The Hand of God,  © Kim Yongsung, 2008,  all rights reserved

Gospel of 10th November 2019 - Luke 20: 27-38 Some Sadducees - those who say that there is no resurrection - approached Jesus and they put this question to him, 'Master, we have it from Moses in writing, that if a man's married brother dies childless, the man must marry the widow to raise up children for his brother. Well then, there were seven brothers. The...

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St Agatha in Osterley Park

St Agatha  by Carlo Dolci

A painting of the early Christian martyr Saint Agatha, by Italian artist Carlo Dolci (1616-1687), has been acquired by the National Trust for Osterley Park and House in Middlesex thanks to a grant from Art Fund.

The return of Saint Agatha to Osterley has prompted the team at Osterley Park to stage a special winter exhibition for visitors, beginning this month, which will explore the r...

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Today's Gospel in Art - Jesus cleanses the Temple

Jesus Driving the Merchants from the Temple, by Jacob Jordaens  1640, © Louvre, Paris

Gospel of 9th November 2019 0 John 2: 13-22 Just before the Jewish Passover Jesus went up to Jerusalem, and in the Temple he found people selling cattle and sheep and pigeons, and the money changers sitting at their counters there. Making a whip out of some cord, he drove them all out of the Temple, cattle and sheep as well, scattered the money changers' coins, knocked their tables o...

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Lancaster: Moon landing at church draws huge crowds

For the next two weeks there is just one place to land in Lancashire when you're looking for somewhere to go. That's Lancaster Priory ... where 'The Moon' is currently drawing huge crowds. The historic church is hosting one of the world's most awe-inspiring artworks - a massive replica of the moon - suspended from the Priory's ancient rafters. The event launched at the beginning of the month an...

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