2021-2022 Prayer Cards
December—The The Stoning of St. Stephen by Rembrandt (1625) oil on oak panel; Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon, Lyon, France
“The proposal was acceptable to the whole community, so they chose Stephen, a man filled with faith and the Holy Spirit…” (Acts 6:1-5). As they were stoning Stephen, he called out,
‘Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.’ …‘Lord, do not hold this sin against them’ me!"
— St. Stephen, Deacon and Martyr
January—The Adoration of the Magi
Edward Burne-Jones (1904) Tapestry
Musée d’Orsay, Paris, France
“On entering the house they saw the child with Mary his mother. They prostrated themselves and did him homage. Then they opened their treasures and offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.” — Matthew 2:11
February—The Presentation of the Temple
Philippe de Champagne (1648) Painting
Musées Royaux des Beaux Arts de Belgique, Brussels "Lord, now let your servant depart in peace, according to your word; for my eyes have seen your salvation which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to your people Israel."
— Luke 2:29
Leonardo da Vinci (c. 1472–1475) — Oil Painting
Uffizi Museum, Firenze, Italy
"And in the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God into a city of Galilee, called Nazareth, to a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary."
— Luke 1: 26-27
Peter Paul Rubens (c. 1611) — Oil Painting
Museo del Prado, Madrid
Now that Judas had betrayed his ministry, it was necessary, Peter said, to fulfill the scriptural recommendation that another should take his office. “Therefore, it is necessary that one of the men who accompanied us the whole time the Lord Jesus came and went among us, beginning from the baptism of John until the day on which he was taken up from us, become with us a witness to his resurrection”
— Acts 1:21-22
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