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Today's Gospel in Art - Let the little children come to me

Christ Blessing the Children, by Lucas Cranach the Elder, 1537 © Wawel Royal Castle, Kraków, Poland

Gospel of 17th August 2019 - Matthew 19: 13-15 People brought little children to Jesus, for him to lay his hands on them and say a prayer. The disciples turned them away, but Jesus said, 'Let the little children alone, and do not stop them coming to me; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs.' Then he laid his hands on them and went on his way. ...

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Today's Gospel in Art - What God has united, man must not divide

18 Carat gold wedding rings

Gospel of 16th August 2019 - Matthew 19: 3-12

Some Pharisees approached Jesus, and to test him they said, 'Is it against the Law for a man to divorce his wife on any pretext whatever?' He answered, 'Have you not read that the creator from the beginning made them male and female and that he said: This is why a man must leave father and mother, and cling to his wife, and the two become one ...

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Hidden images revealed under da Vinci painting

Detail from Virgin of the Rocks

New scientific research by the National Gallery into Leonardo da Vinci's The Virgin of the Rocks (about 1491/2-9 and 1506-8) has expanded our knowledge of the composition he began before abandoning it for the version we see today. The drawings, underneath one of the Gallery's most popular paintings, have been revealed ahead of a new immersive experience featuring the work - created by 59 Produc...

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Today's Gospel in Art - Feast of the Assumption of Mary

The Assumption of the Virgin Mary, by Peter Paul Rubens, 1626 © Cathedral of our Lady, Antwerp, Belgium

Gospel of 15th August 2019 - Luke 1: 39-56 Mary set out and went as quickly as she could to a town in the hill country of Judah. She went into Zechariah's house and greeted Elizabeth. Now as soon as Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the child leapt in her womb and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. She gave a loud cry and said, 'Of all women you are the most blessed, and bless...

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Today's Gospel in Art - Become like little children

Parents and Children in frozen landscape before an Industrial Town, by Brian Shields 'Braaq' FBA, 1978 © Private Collection, London

Gospel of 13th August 2019 - Matthew 18:1-5,10,12-14 The disciples came to Jesus and said, 'Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?' So he called a little child to him and set the child in front of them. Then he said, 'I tell you solemnly, unless you change and become like little children you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. And so, the one who makes himself as little as...

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Today's Gospel in Art - The Son of Man is going to be handed over

Caravaggio Tableaux Vivants, Performed by Ludovica Rambelli Teatro Company in 2018 © Ludovica Rambelli Teatro

Gospel of 12th August 2019 - Matthew 17: 22-27

One day when they were together in Galilee, Jesus said to his disciples, 'The Son of Man is going to be handed over into the power of men; they will put him to death, and on the third day he will be raised to life again.' And a great sadness came over them.

When they reached Capernaum, the collectors of the half-shekel came to Pet...

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Today's Gospel in Art - You too must stand ready

Sound II,  Antony Gormley, 1986, © Winchester Cathedral, UK

Gospel on 11 August 2019 - Luke 12: 35-40 Jesus said to his disciples:

'See that you are dressed for action and have your lamps lit. Be like men waiting for their master to return from the wedding feast, ready to open the door as soon as he comes and knocks. Happy those servants whom the master finds awake when he comes. I tell you solemnly, he will put on an apron, sit them do...

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Today's Gospel in Art - If a wheat grain dies, it yields a rich harvest

Sunflower seeds,  by Ai WeiWei , 100 million painted porcelain seeds, 2008-2010, © Ai WeiWei, Tate Modern, London

Gospel of 10th August 2019 - John 12: 24-2

Jesus said to his disciples: 'I tell you, most solemnly, unless a wheat grain falls on the ground and dies, it remains only a single grain; but if it dies, it yields a rich harvest. Anyone who loves his life loses it; anyone who hates his life in this world will keep it for the eternal life.

If a man serves me, he must follow me, wherever I...

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Today's Gospel in Art - The Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins

The Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins, by William Blake, 1799, © Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Gospel of 9th August 2019 - Matthew 25: 1-13

Jesus told this parable to his disciples: 'The kingdom of heaven will be like this: Ten bridesmaids took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five were sensible: the foolish ones did take their lamps, but they brought no oil, whereas the sensible ones took flasks of oil as well as their lamps. The bridegroo...

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Historic cross installed at St Catherine of Siena church, Salt Lake City

Image: Dc Lynn Johnson

On the eve of the Feast of St Dominic, St Catherine of Siena Catholic Newman Centre in Salt Lake City, Utah, yesterday installed as their main cross above the altar, a replica of the original Cross of the Stigmata, in front of which their patron saint mystically received the wounds of Christ on her hands and feet. This faithful replica, is the only known copy in the world of this crucifix, pai...

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Today's Gospel in Art - You are Peter and on this rock I will build my Church

Study for Velazquez Pope II, by Francis Bacon, 1961, © Vatican Museum

Gospel of 8th August 2019 - Matthew 16:13-23

When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi he put this question to his disciples, 'Who do people say the Son of Man is?' And they said, 'Some say he is John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.' 'But you,' he said 'who do you say I am?' Then Simon Peter spoke up, 'You are the Christ,' he said, 'the...

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Today's Gospel in Art - The Canaanite woman

The Canaanite Woman, by Jean Colombe  from Les Très Riches Heures du duc de Berry, 1485-89, © Musée de Condé, Chantilly, France

Gospel of 7th August 2019 - Matthew 15: 21-28

Jesus left Gennesaret and withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon. Then out came a Canaanite woman from that district and started shouting, 'Sir, Son of David, take pity on me. My daughter is tormented by a devil.' But he answered her not a word. And his disciples went and pleaded with him. 'Give her what she wants,' they said 'because she is...

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Today's Gospel in Art: The Transfiguration of Christ

The Transfiguration of Christ, Giovanni Bellini, 1480, © Museum of Capodimonte, Naples, Italy

Gospel of 6th August 2019 - Luke 9: 28-36 Jesus took with him Peter and John and James and went up the mountain to pray. As he prayed, the aspect of his face was changed and his clothing became brilliant as lightning.

Suddenly there were two men there talking to him; they were Moses and Elijah appearing in glory, and they were speaking of his passing which he was to accomplish ...

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Today's Gospel in Art - The feeding of the five thousand

Feeding of the 5,000 by Coenraed van Norenberch, Part of s-Hertogenbosch choir screen,1600-1613, © Victoria & Albert Museum, London

Gospel of 5th August 2019 - Matthew 14: 13-21

When Jesus received the news of John the Baptist's death he withdrew by boat to a lonely place where they could be by themselves. But the people heard of this and, leaving the towns, went after him on foot. So as he stepped ashore he saw a large crowd; and he took pity on them and healed their sick.

When evening came, the disciples went ...

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