There were portraits of men with large, melancholy eyes which seemed to say you knew not what; there were long monks in the Franciscan habit or in the Dominican, with distraught faces, making gestures whose sense escaped you; there was an Assumption of the Virgin; there was a Crucifixion in which the painter by some magic of feeling had been able to suggest that the flesh of Christ's dead body was not human flesh only but divine; and there was an Ascension in which the Saviour seemed to surge up towards the empyrean and yet to stand upon the air as steadily as though it were solid ground: the uplifted arms of the Apostles
, the sweep of their draperies, their ecstatic gestures, gave an impression of exultation and of holy joy.
A modern Acts of the Apostles
would fill fifty whole Bibles if anyone were capable of writing it.
Supposing that the disciples, the future apostles
, the women who had followed Him and stood by the cross, all of whom believed in and worshipped Him--supposing that they saw this tortured body, this face so mangled and bleeding and bruised (and they MUST have so seen it)--how could they have gazed upon the dreadful sight and yet have believed that He would rise again?
I would say so in the presence of one of the apostles
His favourite subjects were church discipline, rites and ceremonies, apostolical succession, the duty of reverence and obedience to the clergy, the atrocious criminality of dissent, the absolute necessity of observing all the forms of godliness, the reprehensible presumption of individuals who attempted to think for themselves in matters connected with religion, or to be guided by their own interpretations of Scripture, and, occasionally (to please his wealthy parishioners) the necessity of deferential obedience from the poor to the rich--supporting his maxims and exhortations throughout with quotations from the Fathers: with whom he appeared to be far better acquainted than with the Apostles
and Evangelists, and whose importance he seemed to consider at least equal to theirs.
Wouldn't you accept a drink of water from one of the Twelve Apostles
if you was dying of thirst?
In truth, these Apostles
of His may have been holy men, but they were of no great account as men-at-arms.
those duties falling exclusively upon Kate) the good lady had about as much share, either in theory or practice, as any one of the statues of the Twelve Apostles
which embellish the exterior of St Paul's Cathedral.
They expect the missionaries to effect that which the Apostles
themselves failed to do.
The other name to be remembered is that of Cynewulf (pronounced Kinnywulf), the author of some noble religious poetry (in Anglo-Saxon), especially narratives dealing with Christ and Christian Apostles
They had no idea of the fact, but they themselves were my apostles
, and their works preached my doctrines.
Portraits of the twelve apostles
in wood, and not a whole nose among 'em.
Even amongst the Apostles
of Christ there was found a Judas," she whispered as if to herself, but with the evident intention to be heard by me.
The young divine, whose scholar-like renown still lived in Oxford, was considered by his more fervent admirers as little less than a heavenly ordained apostle
, destined, should he live and labour for the ordinary term of life, to do as great deeds, for the now feeble New England Church, as the early Fathers had achieved for the infancy of the Christian faith.
But you know how the angel commanded Hagar to return to her mistress, and submit herself under the hand; and the apostle
sent back Onesimus to his master.