"Christianity is a religion founded on the mystery of the cross of Christ." --Leo the Great At the center of Christianity sits the cross of Christ. From the beginning, Christ's followers celebrated the cross as a symbol of their faith. It was honored in church worship, carved into rough tombstones, pressed onto loaves of bread and set out as a sign of sanctuary. The cross represented what Christians believed, who they hoped for and how they approached life. In this thoughtful book Judith Couchman takes up forty images of the cross from early Christianity. As we discover the meaning and significance of each of these uses, we learn a little more about the early church. More than that, she helps us focus on the meaning of the cross and the Savior's sacrifice. Ideal for Lenten devotional reading and appropriate for any season of the church calendar, this book includes original illustrations of each cross image. The Mystery of the Cross will enrich your understanding of Christian tradition and draw you into Christ's presence.
“This book is a little masterpiece: it informs and it explores, it recounts history and it provokes a religious quest. It is a personal book, yet it explores the great questions of theology; it is full of learning, but not ponderous; it is written from the perspective of faith, but is not off-putting to the inquirer.” -Thomas O’Loughlin, Professor of Historical Theology University of Wales Lampeter “Andreopoulos explains the gesture and meaning and history of why Christianity has needed symbols and signs through the ages. Throughout, his writing is as inspiriting as a restorative benediction.” -ALA Booklist “The book succeeds at translating the significance of the sign of the Cross into something personal and immediate.” -Publishers Weekly “The Christian of today grows quickly from the innocent child into adulthood and demands understanding of any simple behavior. ‘Why to sign with the crossing? Where did this practice begin? When and how?’ Andreas Andreopoulos, with his book, helps to answer these questions.... [H]e immerses us into the illuminating obscurity of the Holy Tradition.” -Protopresbyter Kyrillos Leret-Aldir, Orthodox Christian Comment
As a Christian, why do you wear a cross? That single question sparked a fire in Mike Beecham to understand why the dominant symbol of Christianity was the instrument of Jesus's death. His passion led him to a lifelong pursuit to better understand the deeper meanings, symbolisms, and complexities of the cross. In Understanding the Mystery of the Cross Mike Beecham shares his discoveries regarding: • the connection between the original fall of man and Jesus's crucifixion • the multifaceted purpose of the cross • the ramifications of Jesus's crucifixion today • the irrational contempt for the cross in modern society • and the symbolic nature of the cross Through scripture and the knowledge gained from years of biblical research, Mike Beecham will guide you to a better appreciation of the cross. This book will you give you greater insight into what Jesus sacrificed at his crucifixion. You will have a better sense of everything that the cross truly symbolizes. You will gain knowledge on your purpose as a Christian that can only be found by Understanding the Mystery of the Cross.
Von Halle discusses the Mystery of Golgotha in its relationship to the formation of the Resurrection Body; the Mystery of the Spear Wound in Christs side and the Grail Blood; and how Christs Seven Words on the Cross relate to the Stations of the Cross.
Deep within the heart of every person is the quest to know a higher power. It was with this searching heart, during the crisis and despair of her life, that Valerie Arnold prayed a simple prayer: 'God, what makes your blood different from any other man? What are the properties of your blood that can wash away my sin? How can the shedding of your blood on Calvary bring newness to my life?' Sure, she had gone to church, never missing a service during all those formative years. After all, her dad was the pastor. She listened, she learned, but still she did not have the answers she sought. And so, with a passionate desire to know the living God, she embarked on her own hunt to uncover these truths, asking for revelation into the deep mysteries of God's grace and salvation. God's DNA Revealed: Unraveling the Mystery of the Cross documents Valerie's journey in this process and the discoveries she unveiled. Throughout the Bible, the Lord called upon different people to carry out assignments... So it was with a young lady who attended my church. When Valerie dared to utter the words 'show me, Lord, ' he did just that. I suggest that you find a quiet place to sit and read this powerful book, because once you start you won't be able to put it down. -Val J. Boulet, pastor/evangelist
Reveals that the alchemical transformation of base metal into gold symbolizes the transformation of the current Iron Age into the Golden Age, and that the greatest secret of alchemy, the imminent date of the apocalypse, is coded into an obscure monument in southwestern France.
The Mystery of the Cross and the Narrow Gate Revealed is a search to reconcile apparent contradictions in the Bible, especially those passages pertaining to salvation. Beginning with the premise of the infallibility of the Bible, it argues that both the Reformers' understanding of the atonement and their doctrine of salvation are invalid, since they are contradicted by numerous scriptures. In the end, the result of this search is a new understanding of both the atonement and salvation and the development of doctrines on these subjects, which will enable us to read canonically without seeing contradictions. Through faith and reason, a sound hermeneutic and careful exegesis, The Mystery of the Cross and the Narrow Gate uncovers the internal coherence of scripture, with the principal objective of restoring truth and bringing reform to a church that fails to grasp that the Holy Spirit is given to humankind to enable us to become holy and be made fit for the kingdom in heaven-refer www.themysteryofthecross.com.
From the bestselling author of The Lamb's Supper and Signs of Life comes an illuminating work on the Catholic Eucharist and its link to the Jewish Passover meal. Well-known Catholic theologian Dr. Scott Hahn explains Christ's Paschal sacrifice on the cross as the fulfillment of the traditional fourth cup used in the celebration of Passover, drawing symbolic parallels to the Last Supper and Christ's death on Calvary. Through his scholarly insights and important biblical connections, Mass will come alive for you as never before!
Monty Collins is a sharp-tongued public defender who just wants to represent an upstanding character for a change. A priest with something to hide isn't quite what he had hoped for, but when the literate, arrogant, and tight-lipped Father Brennan Burke is implicated in the strange murder of a young woman, Monty doesn't just take the case—the case takes him. When Burke won't come clean, Monty is forced to play private detective, traveling into his client's past. Things look good for the case until another body is found, marked with the same telltale sign as the first. Burke keeps mum, alternate suspects are ruled out, and the trial looks like it might be lost before deliberation. As if it couldn't get any worse, Monty's wisecracking ex-wife enters the picture, and she seems to know more about Burke than Monty does. Evidence and coincidence pile up, leading to a revelation neither Monty nor the reader see coming.
With a reflection on each of the four mysteries of the rosary?Joyful, Light, Sorrowful, and Glorious? this book will help those praying the rosary find a focus for meditation. Each reflection contains a Scripture verse as well as background to understanding the biblical texts. With its twenty-first century relevance, this guide by Mark Boyer will bring readers to contemplate personal application of the mysteries. Enhance your ?garden of prayer? with Reflections on the Mysteries of the Rosary.?Members of small Christian communities may choose to include one of the four Mysteries in a Day of Reflection and share with one another the results of their meditations. The guide may be just the kind of book a good friend would be glad to receive.? Buena Vista Resource Page?This brief and attractive booklet provides meditations on each mystery of the rosary, including the Luminous Mysteries or the ?Mysteries of Light? recently promulgated by Pope John Paul II. The meditations evoke the biblical scene or motif behind each mystery and suggest connections to our daily experience. A lovely way to freshen this beloved Catholic work of piety.? The Bible Today?This small book?it would fit in pocket or purse?is packed with wisdom and inspiration.? Amazon.com?Not just another book on the Rosary, Reflections on the Mysteries of the Rosary is unique, fresh, and a joy to read. Fr. Boyer extends a ?Welcome Back? to those who may have forgotten the magic of the Mysteries! Even the seasoned Rosary ?prayer? will discover illuminating insights into the Mysteries of Light together with the challenge to plumb anew the depths of the familiar. The author combines the wholesome earthiness of everyday experiences with the awesome intimacy of God in our lives. An intriguing balance of the intimate and contemporary, this book lends a crisp newness to the recitation of the Rosary and supplies food for reflection to last a lifetime.? Pauline Nugent, C.C.V.I.?Mark Boyer?s short book is for anyone who wants to rediscover the rosary.? The Faith Connection?Harried priests, religious men and women or parents who are looking for a fast read to enhance their prayer lives are in luck. The thought-provoking comments provide some spiritual nourishment as you rush from place to place trying to get things done, as each one ends with a theme to carry you through the day.? CRUX of the News
These powerful words pierce straight to the heart of our deepest spiritual need. What does it mean to embrace, to live by, and to daily bear the cross of Jesus Christ? Why does God ask His children to bear this cross? As our modern world shifts and shakes, a generation of earnest believers is coming face to face with a deeper reality of our call to bear the cross of Jesus Christ. Murray meets us where we are with gentleness and passion, calming our quaking fears and guiding us into the mystery of the shadow of the cross.
This is an account, at once rigorously theological and warmly devotional, of the death and resurrection of Christ, and their significance for the Christian life. Von Balthasar offers sharp insights into some current controversies--for example, the 'bodiliness' of the Resurrection--and spiritual inspiration for the year round. This scholarly reflection of the climax of the Christian year is an established classic of contemporary Catholic theology.
From the ancient British tales of King Arthur through the medieval Central European sagas of Parzival, the Grail has long maintained its enigmatic presence in western culture. Rudolf Steiner gave esoteric, multifaceted insights into the mysteries of the Holy Grail. This book collects his work on this topic.
Teacher Conci DAmato McVey finds herself embroiled in yet another mystery as she discovers a fabulous fifteen-carat emerald in an unlikely place, and the race is on as many factions are in close pursuit to obtain the emerald and to find the remaining two pieces of the Pheramengo Cross, worth over twenty million dollars intact. In her fourth novel, The Mystery of the Pheramengo Cross, Gloria DAlessandro has spun an intricate web of murder and mystery. As Conci searches for the answers with her Auntie, Sister Mary Concetta Rose, they find out than the answer to The Mystery of the Pheramengo Cross lies a little too close to homeliterally!
Using Scripture and contemporary theology, this book analyzes the phrase "the mystery of faith" found at the center of the Church's Eucharistic liturgy. Josef Jungmann concluded from his historical research that the Eucharistic symbol expressed the whole of faith for the early Church. Understood in this sense, it can still function today as what Karl Rahner calls a "short formula" or creed of the mystery of Christian faith.
Why is the number seven lucky--even holy--in almost every culture? Why do we speak of the four corners of the earth? Why do cats have nine lives (except in Iran, where they have seven)? From literature to folklore to private superstitions, numbers play a conspicuous role in our daily lives. But in this fascinating book, Annemarie Schimmel shows that numbers have been filled with mystery and meaning since the earliest times, and across every society. In The Mystery of Numbers Annemarie Schimmel conducts an illuminating tour of the mysteries attributed to numbers over the centuries. She begins with an informative and often surprising introduction to the origins of number systems: pre-Roman Europeans, for example, may have had one based on twenty, not ten (as suggested by the English word "score" and the French word for 80, quatrevingt --four times twenty), while the Mayans had a system more sophisticated than our own. Schimmel also reveals how our fascination with numbers has led to a rich cross-fertilization of mathematical knowledge: "Arabic" numerals, for instance, were picked up by Europe from the Arabs, who had earlier adopted them from Indian sources ("Algorithm" and "algebra" are corruptions of the Arabic author and title names of a mathematical text prized in medieval Europe). But the heart of the book is an engrossing guide to the symbolism of numbers. Number symbolism, she shows, has deep roots in Western culture, from the philosophy of the Pythagoreans and Platonists, to the religious mysticism of the Cabala and the Islamic Brethren of Purity, to Kepler's belief that the laws of planetary motion should be mathematically elegant, to the unlucky thirteen. After exploring the sources of number symbolism, Schimmel examines individual numbers ranging from one to ten thousand, discussing the meanings they have had for Judaic, Christian, and Islamic traditions, with examples from Indian, Chinese, and Native American cultures as well. Two, for instance, has widely been seen as a number of contradiction and polarity, a number of discord and antithesis. And six, according to ancient and neo-platonic thinking, is the most perfect number because it is both the sum and the product of its parts (1+2+3=6 and 1x2x3=6). Using examples ranging from the Bible to the Mayans to Shakespeare, she shows how numbers have been considered feminine and masculine, holy and evil, lucky and unlucky. A highly respected scholar of Islamic culture, Annemarie Schimmel draws on her vast knowledge to paint a rich, cross-cultural portrait of the many meanings of numbers. Engaging and accessible, her account uncovers the roots of a phenomenon we all feel every Friday the thirteenth.