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In the Footsteps of the Apostles
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The words "apostle " and "apostolic" are derived from the Greek word "apostolos" meaning "messenger".
One of the apostles, Thomas, came to be known as one of the greatest missionaries or messengers of the Christian faith. The 12 Apostles Peter
James the Greater
James the Lesser
Mathias (replacement of Judas) The Great Missionary: Thomas Thomas is believed to have spread the word of Christ to India in A.D. 52. A relic no bigger than a thumbnail that belongs to him is kept in a Christian church in the town of Parur, India.
This Apostle is worldly known as "Doubting Thomas". He was given this nick-name because he didn't believe that Jesus had resurrected until he had put his fingers through the wounds in the Jesus' hands and in the hole of Jesus' side.
In the Gospel of John, 20:29, Christ himself being disappointed in Thomas, says, "Thomas, because you have seen me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed." The Soul of Venice: Mark Mark the Evangelist was seen as a political cornerstone in the Christian faith.
Symbol: the winged lion, its paws upon the Gospel
Mark died a martyr in Alexandria, Egypt.
His relics were stolen by two merchants and were taken on board a ship. Wrapped in pork so that they would discourage official entanglements, the relics were placed in a basket. According to legend, the relics quieted a big storm and saved all that were aboard.
Even though Mark is the patron saint of Venice, the Venetians think it is better to pray to Mary the Mother of God or to Christ. Praying to Mark is more complicated because it is not appropriate to light candles in honor of him. It is more appropriate to feel St. Mark in their bones, because he is part of a Venetian's identity. The Passionate Mystic: Mary Magdalene East of Aix-en-Provence, in the face of a forested massif, lies the cave of Sainte-Baume. This is where Mary Magdalene supposedly spent the last 30 years of her life. It has been cared for by the Dominican Order since 1295.
In this grotto, there are many statues and two relics of Mary Magdalene along with an altar made of stone.
Many pilgrims come to this cave seeking silence and guidance. The relics are held there so that people can have the appeal of being close to Mary even after her death.
After the Virgin Mary, Mary Magdalene is the most important woman in the New Testament.
Many could be touched by this woman, who was a sinner and who was chosen by Jesus as the first witness of his resurrection. He didn't choose an Apostle or the Virgin Mary. He chose Mary Magdalene. Why do you think He chose her? The First Martyr: St. Stephen The Christian faith's first martyr , according to the Bible, was St. Stephen.
He was a young Christian leader who enraged a Jewish community by suggesting that Christ would return to destroy the Temple of Jerusalem.
After he was tried for blasphemy, around the year 35, his accusers dragged him out of the city and stoned him to death while he prayed for them. "The Way" In the first years after Jesus was crucified, Christianity lacked the basics:
method of worship
The earliest followers called it "the way". By this, they meant that it is the way they are supposed to live, to worship, and to act. Deaths of the Apostles Tradition says that 11 of the apostles were martyred.
Peter, Andrew, and Philip were crucified.
James the Greater and Thaddaeus fell to the sword.
James the Lesser was beaten to death while praying for his attackers.
Bartholomew was flayed alive and then crucified.
Thomas and Mathew were speared.
Mathias was stoned to death.
Simon was either crucified or sawed in half.
John was the only one of all the apostles who died a natural, peaceful death of old age. Question: How can scientists and historians understand these individuals if the reach of science is limited? Answer: As with most of the earliest Christians,they must rely largely on legend and historical accounts, acknowledging the power these mythic figures still exert today, some 2,000 years after their deaths. Relevant to Today In our world today, The Christian faith is one of the major religions. But how would the religion be well-known throughout the world if no one was there to preach it?
Christianity is one of the major religions in the world because the Apostles spread the Word of God and documented the teachings of Christ.
Thomas, Mark, and Mary Magdalene were great messengers throughout the regions of India, the Middle East down to southern France, and Egypt. Where today? Today in the world where the apostles preached:
Middle East - southern France
Egypt, Venice Works Cited "National Geographic Magazine -NGM.com" National
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St. Thomas's burial site built underneath a church in India By: Meghan McTavish March 2012