The Baldwin Library
A BIBLE PICTURE
FOR CATHOLIC CHILDREN
LADY AMABEL KERR
69 SOUTHWARK BRIDGE
WE gladly approve the publication of this work, and we rejoice at its
appearance amongst us. It is of the greatest importance that our
little ones should have placed before them from their earliest years
simple and clear accounts of the great events which foreshadowed
and accompanied the work of our redemption. This beautiful little
book, compiled by one who has already shown the gift that God has
given her of presenting truth in a manner well adapted to the minds
of children, will make this most important education easy to their
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+ FRANCIS, BISHOP OF SOUTHWARK.
ST. JOHN'S SEMINARY, WONERSH, GUILDFORD.
November 14, 1897.
THE EXPULSION FROM PARADISE
CAIN AND ABEL
NOE AND THE ARK
ABRAHAM AND THE ANGELS
THE SACRIFICE OF ISAAC .
ESAU AND JACOB
JACOB AND RACHEL
JOSEPH SOLD BY HIS BRETHREN
JOSEPH AND HIS BRETHREN
THE PASCH .
THE TEN COMMANDMENTS
THE BRAZEN SERPENT
JOSUE AT HAI
THE DEATH OF SAMSON
RUTH AND BOOZ
THE CHILD SAMUEL .
SAUL MADE KING
DAVID AND GOLIATH.
THE JUDGMENT OF SOLOMON
THE WIDOW'S SON
DEATH OF JEZABEL .
THE ASSYRIAN HOST .
DANIEL IN THE DEN OF LIONS
THE SEVEN BROTHERS
THE ANNUNCIATION .
THE NATIVITY .
THE PRESENTATION .
THE THREE KINGS
THE FLIGHT INTO EGYPT.
THE FINDING IN THE TEMPLE
THE BAPTISM OF JESUS
THE FIRST DISCIPLES
THE MARRIAGE AT CANA .
THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT
BLESSING LITTLE CHILDREN
THE STORM ON THE LAKE
THE RAISING OF JAIRUS'S DAUGHTER
THE MIRACLE OF THE LOAVES
THE PRODIGAL SON .
THE PHARISEE AND THE PUBLICAN
THE GOOD SAMARITAN
THE RAISING OF LAZARUS
THE ENTRY INTO JERUSALEM
THE LAST SUPPER
THE AGONY IN THE GARDEN
THE CROWNING WITH THORNS
CARRYING THE CROSS
THE RESURRECTION .
JESUS APPEARS TO THE APOSTLES
THE ASCENSION. .
THE DESCENT OF THE HOLY GHOST
THE CURE OF THE LAME MAN .
THE MARTYRDOM OF ST. STEPHEN
THE CONVERSION OF ST. PAUL
THE OLD TESTAMENT.
THE EXPULSION FROM PARADISE.
WHEN God made Adam and Eve He placed them in the Garden of
Paradise. God meant them to be quite happy as long as they obeyed
Him, and they knew no pain, sorrow, or death. But the devil, who
had been an angel, but was sent into hell because he rebelled against
God, was jealous when he saw how happy Adam and Eve were, and
tempted them to sin. Eve listened to him, and ate the fruit of one
tree which God had told them not to eat; and she gave some to Adam,
and he ate also. Then God punished them and drove them from
Paradise, and said that because they had sinned they and their
children, till the end of the world, must work, suffer, and at last die.
But He promised that some day a Saviour would come.
CAIN AND ABEL.
ADAM and Eve soon found how terrible it is to sin against God, and
how great a punishment was death, which they had brought into the
world by their disobedience. They had two sons called Cain and
Abel. Both of these offered sacrifice to God. Cain offered fruits and
Abel a lamb ; and God was better pleased with Abel's sacrifice than
Cain's. This made Cain angry and envious, and he hated his brother;
and when they were alone together he turned on Abel and killed him.
Then the voice of God asked him where Abel was; and he told a lie
and said he did not know. But God sees and knows all things, and
He told Cain that because he had done this wicked thing and killed
his brother he should wander about the world for the rest of his life.
Then Cain turned and fled, and never came back again.
NOE AND THE ARK.
WHEN the world became very full of people, they were so wicked
that God said He would destroy them all except a man called Noe
and his family, who were good. He told Noe to build a large Ark, or
covered ship, and go into it with his wife and family, and two of every
living creature. Then God sent a great flood to drown all the wicked
people. The water rose higher than the highest mountain, so no one
could be saved. Noe stayed in the Ark a whole year ; and when the
earth was dry God told him to come out with all those who were' in
the Ark. The first thing Noe did was to offer a sacrifice to thank God
for saving him, and to beg Him to have mercy for the time to come.
And God said that He would never again drown the world.
ABRAHAM AND THE ANGELS.
AFTER a time the world grew very wicked again. Then God chose one
man called Abraham to be the father of His own people, of whom the
Saviour was to be born. He called him from his home into the land
of Canaan, which He promised to give to His children as their own.
But Abraham had no child, and he and his wife Sara were quite old
people. One clay three strangers came to Abraham's tent. They
looked like men, but they were angels. Abraham did all he could for
them, gave them food and served them himself. After they had eaten,
one of the angels told Abraham from God that lie and Sara should soon
have a son. It was a very hard thing to believe, but still he did
believe. Not so Sara, for she laughed when she heard the angel's
words, for which the angel was angry with her. About a year after
she had a son, whom they called Isaac.
THE SACRIFICE OF ISAAC.
ONCE God tried whether Abraham really loved Him. He told him to
take the boy Isaac, and offer him up as a sacrifice to Him. This was
terrible, for Abraham loved Isaac very dearly; and, besides, how was
he to be the father of a great people if he killed his only son ? But he
rose up at once to obey, and went to the place of which God told
him, to the mountain where our Lord was crucified many, many
years after. As they went up the hill Isaac asked his father where the
victim was for the sacrifice; and Abraham answered that God would
find one. So he laid Isaac on an altar, and was just going to kill him
when an angel called to him to stop, because he had shown how much
he loved God. Looking round, Abraham saw a ram caught by its
horns in a bush, and offered it up instead of Isaac.
ESAU AND JACOB.
ISAAC and his wife Rebecca had two sons, Esau and Jacob. Esau was
a great hunter, and hairy ; but Jacob was gentle and stayed at home.
His mother loved Jacob best, but Isaac loved Esau. When Isaac was
old and blind, he told Esau to catch a deer and make a dish of meat
for him to eat, and then he would give him the eldest son's blessing,
which would make him the head of the family. Rebecca wanted Jacob
to have the blessing, so she made a mess of kid; then she put the skin
on his hands to make them rough like Esau's, and, dressing him in
Esau's clothes, which smelt of the woods, she sent him to ask for the
blessing. Isaac could not see, but when he felt the rough hands and
smelt the clothes, he believed Jacob when he said he was Esau, and
gave him the blessing. Then Esau said that he would kill Jacob.
JACOB AND RACHEL.
So Isaac and Rebecca sent Jacob far away to Laban, his mother's
brother. On the way God spoke to Jacob, and told him that he should
be the father of His chosen people, of whom the Saviour should be
born. After a long journey he met Laban's daughter Rachel, giving
water to her sheep at a well. When he found out who she was,
he kissed her and wept for joy. He lived with Laban and served him
twenty years. He would not have stayed so long, but he loved Rachel,
and Laban would not let him marry her until he had worked for him.
He was always tricking Jacob to make him serve longer, but Jacob
loved Rachel so much that the long years seemed quite a short time.
At last he went back to Canaan. He had twelve sons, who were
the heads of the twelve tribes of Israel.
JOSEPH SOLD BY HIS BRETHREN.
JACOB loved Joseph, the youngest but one of his sons, so much that the
others were jealous. One day, far from home, they took him and put
him down a deep pit, and then sold him to some people going to
Egypt. Joseph used to wear a coat of many colours made for him
by his father, which his brothers dipped in a kid's blood and took to
Jacob, who thought from this that Joseph must be killed by a wild
beast, and said he should never be happy again. Joseph was sold,
and, being falsely accused to his master, was put in prison. But
God was with him and made him able to explain some dreams
which had troubled King Pharao very much. These dreams meant
that no corn would grow for seven years. Pharao thought Joseph
so wise that he made him into a great man, and charged him to
save up corn before the famine came on.
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JOSEPH AND HIS BRETHREN.
WHEN the famine came Joseph had saved up corn to sell to the people.
There was no corn in Canaan, and Jacob sent his sons to Egypt to buy
some. They did not know this great man was Joseph, but he knew
them. He tried them, and treated them roughly, and said they should
have no more corn unless next time they brought their youngest
brother Benjamin. Jacob dearly loved his youngest child, but had to
let him go. Now Joseph tried them still more. He hid his gold cup
in Benjamin's sack, and then said he was a thief, and must stay in
Egypt as his slave. But when he saw how unhappy his elder brothers
were, and how kind they had become, he burst into tears and said,
" I am Joseph." The brothers were afraid, but he said he had quite
forgiven them. Then he sent for his old father to live in Egypt.
THE Israelites, as the children of Jacob were called, became so many
that, a long time after Joseph's death, another King Pharao was afraid
of them, and made them slaves. And so that there should not be any
more he ordered that all the baby boys should be drowned. One
woman hid her baby for three months, and then set it afloat on the
river, in a basket she made. The king's daughter came to bathe and
found the baby, whom she called Moses, and brought up like her son.
But Moses was sad when he saw his people treated cruelly, and one
day killed an Egyptian who was beating an Israelite. Then he was
afraid, and fled to the desert. There God spoke to him from a burning
bush, and told him to go to Pharao and command him to let the
Israelites leave Egypt.
BUT Pharao would not let the people go. Then Moses, by God's
command, brought on Egypt ten plagues or punishments, each one
more dreadful than the other. Nine times Pharao refused to obey,
till at last God sent His angel to kill the eldest son in every house. He
bade the Israelites to keep a solemn feast, and kill and eat a lamb,
whose blood they were to sprinkle on their doors. Wherever this
blood was, the angel passed by, and killed no one inside. This feast
was called the Pasch, and had to be kept every year. Now, at last,
Pharao gave in, and even drove the Israelites away. He tried indeed
to fetch them back, but God destroyed him and his army. God had
turned the Red Sea into dry land for His own people to cross over, but
when Pharao tried to follow, He commanded the sea to flow on and
THE TEN COMMANDMENTS.
GOD took care of His people in the desert. He fed them with grains
of food called manna, which fell like hail every night, and which they
picked up in the morning; and when they had nothing to drink He
bade Moses strike the dry rock, and water gushed out. A pillar of cloud
went before them by day and a pillar of fire by night, to show them
the way. When they got to Mount Sinai God spoke the Ten Com-
mandments in the midst of thunder, lightning, and earthquakes. Then
He called Moses up into the mountain, and gave them to him written
on tables of stone, which were to be kept in a precious chest called the
Ark. God bade Moses to make a tabernacle, or great tent, in which He
was to be worshipped, and where sacrifices were to be offered by His
priests, who were all to be of the family of Aaron, Moses's brother.
THE BRAZEN SERPENT.
THE Israelites were kept wandering forty years in the desert. They
were a foolish, grumbling people, and would not believe that God
could take care of them, or that He was able to give them Canaan, the
land which He had promised to give to Abraham's children. So God
was angry, and said that not one of the grown-up people who had left
Egypt should go into the promised land. They got tired of the manna,
and grumbled for some other kind of food. To punish their dis-
content God sent fiery snakes, which killed every person whom they
bit. But Moses prayed for them, and God told him to set up a
serpent of brass on a pole, and any one who looked at it would
be cured. For a time the people were sorry for their sin, but their
sorrow did not ever last long.
THE Israelites were very helpless, but God did not let any one hurt
them. Balak, king of a fierce tribe, finding he could not fight against
them because God was with them, sent for the prophet Balaam and
promised him money if he would curse them. He thought then that
God would leave them. Balaam liked money, and, though God told
him not to go, he went. But an angel stood in his way to kill him.
Balaam did not see him, but his ass did, and would not move though
he beat her cruelly. God made the ass speak and ask why he
beat her, and then Balaam saw the angel and was afraid; but the
angel told him to go on. Three times he tried to curse the Israelites,
and God changed his words into a blessing. Then Balak, very angry,
drove him away.
JOSUE AT HAI.
AFTER forty years, when all the grown-up people who had come out
of Egypt were dead,-God bade the Israelites to go in and take Canaan
for their own, and as the tribes there were so wicked, He told them
to kill every man, woman, and child. He helped them in a wonderful
way. He made the river Jordan dry for them to pass over, and made
the strong walls of Jericho fall down of themselves. He told Josue to
destroy everything in the town ; but one man, Achan, stole and hid
some things. Then Josue marched on Hai, but could not take it.
He prayed and asked God why He did not help His people; and God
said it was because one man had disobeyed Him. So Achan was put
to death, and then God was with the Israelites again ; and most of the
wicked people of Canaan were killed or driven away.
THE DEATH OF SAMSON.
AFTER a while the Israelites sometimes worshipped idols, and, each
time, God punished them and gave them to their enemies. But when
they were sorry He sent some good man to save them. Once He
sent Samson, who was stronger than any one. The Philistines, a
wicked tribe, tried to catch him and kill him, but could not hold him.
But he was strong only on condition that he gave himself to God, and
never cut his hair ; and he was foolish enough to tell this secret to a
Philistine woman. Then his enemies cut his hair, and he became
quite weak ; and they took him and put out his eyes. They gave a
great feast, and sent for Samson to look at. Then Samson prayed to
God to give him back his strefigth for one minute; and he pulled
down the pillars which held up the house, and he and all were killed.
RUTH AND BOOZ.
A WOMAN called Noemi lived in Bethlehem. Her husband and sons
were dead, but Ruth, one of her son's wives, a woman of Moab, so not
one of God's own people, would not leave her, and worked for her.
They were very poor, and Ruth went into the cornfields to pick up ears
of corn to grind and make bread. Booz, the master of the field, was
a rich man ; and when he saw how hard Ruth worked, and heard how
good she was to Noemi, he was very kind, and told his servants to put
bunches of corn from the sheaves in her way ; so that in the evening
Noemi was quite surprised at the quantity she had gleaned. Ruth
went back to the cornfield, and, after a time, Booz married her. He
did not mind her being poor, but loved her because she was so
THE CHILD SAMUEL.
A HOLY little boy called Samuel lived in the Tabernacle, to serve in it.
The High Priest, Heli, was like a father to him. He was a good old
man, but his sons were wicked. God was angry because Heli never
punished them, and sent a message to him through little Samuel. In
the night God called the child, and he, thinking it was Heli who had
called, ran to him. This happened twice more, and then Heli knew
it must have been the voice of God, and told Samuel how to answer
next time. A fourth time the same voice called: "Samuel Samuel !"
and the child answered: Speak, Lord, -for Thy servant heareth."
Then the Lord God told him how He would punish Heli and his
sons. Samuel had to tell this to Heli, and the old man said: Let
the Lord do as seemeth good to Him."
SAUL MADE KING.
WHEN Samuel was an old man the Israelites said that they wanted a
king. This grieved Samuel, for the Lord God had always been their
King, and he did not like their wanting a man instead of Him. But
God bade him let the people have their way, and said He would send
to him the man whom he was to anoint as king. So a young man
called Saul visited Samuel, and God let him know that this was the
man. Saul was very brave and led the people to fight. At first he
served God, but he- became proud and disobedient, and then God no
longer helped him, and told Samuel to anoint another whom He had
chosen. He sent him to Bethlehem, and there he anointed a shepherd-
boy, David, the youngest of his family, to be king after Saul's death.
DAVID AND GOLIATH.
GOD was no longer with Saul, and the Israelites were beaten by their
enemies the Philistines. There was among them a giant called Goliath,
who stood every day between the armies, and called to any Israelite
to come and fight him; and no one dared go. Now the shepherd-boy
David came to the camp, and asked Saul to let him go and fight the
giant. He would not wear armour, because it was too heavy, and
went forth unarmed, carrying only a sling and five smooth stones he
picked out of a brook. Goliath was angry at being thus dared by a
boy, and told him to come on and he would give his flesh to the birds.
But David threw a stone from his sling, and struck Goliath on the
forehead, so that he fell. Then David cut off his head with the giant's
own sword, and took it to Saul.
WHEN David became king he served God, and God loved him, and
called him a man after His own heart. With His help David drove
all the Israelites' enemies out of Canaan. But once he sinned
grievously. He was very sorry and God forgave him, but He punished
him all the rest of his life. David had a son called Absalom, whom
he dearly loved. Absalom was very beautiful, and had long hair. He
was very vain, and tried to make himself king instead of his father,
whom he drove out of Jerusalem. But Joab, the king's general, got
an army together, and Absalom ran away. As he rode under a low
bough his head caught, and Joab found him hanging, and killed him.
But David wept and said, 0 Absalom, my son, would that I had died
for thee "
THE JUDGMENT OF SOLOMON.
KING SOLOMON, David's son, was very wise, and all his people trusted
him, for they knew how wise he was. Two women had babies of the
same age. In the night one woman killed hers by lying on it, and,
getting up, she took the other woman's child and gave her the dead
one. When the real mother woke and found this out they both went
to the king, and each woman said the living child was hers. "Cut the
living child in two," said the king, "and give half to one and half
to the other." The woman whose child was dead was quite pleased,
but the real mother begged that it might be given to the other woman
rather than be killed. By this Solomon knew she was the real mother.
He was very rich, and built a beautiful Temple for the worship of
God, instead of the Tabernacle.
THE WIDOW'S SON.
MANY of the kings of Israel were very wicked, and worshipped idols.
Achab and his wife Jezebel were very wicked indeed, and God sent a
great famine to punish them and the people. The holy prophet Elias,
having nothing to eat, left Israel and went to a poor widow, who was
not one of God's own people. He asked her for some food, but she
said she was just going to make a cake out of the last flour she had,
and that after that she and her son must die. But he told her to first
make a cake for him, and, as a reward, the flour and oil she had never
grew less as long as the famine lasted. Soon after, her son died. Elias
was very sorry, because she had been so good to him; so, laying
himself on the boy's body, he prayed to God, and the child's soul
DEATH OF JEZABEL.
JEZABEL was a very wicked woman; she worshipped idols and killed
God's people. Above all, she wanted to kill Elias, the great prophet,
for he was sent by God to speak the truth to her, and tell her that, as a
punishment for her wicked life, she should die in such a way that she
would not be buried, and dogs would eat her body. This is how it
happened. Her wicked son Joram was king, and God sent Jehu, a
soldier, to punish him and be king in his place. As he rode past he
saw Jezabel, dressed very fine, looking out of the window, and told her
servants to throw her down ; which they did. Then he rode on, and
went to feast. When, after the feast, he sent to bury her, the dogs
had eaten all her body except a few bones; for God's words must
AFTER Elias there was another great prophet called Eliseus. A certain
rich man and his wife were so kind to him that he thought how he
could reward them. It was a great sorrow to them that they had no
child, so Eliseus prayed to God, and a son was given to them. One
day, when the little boy was with his father in the cornfield, he cried
out that his head pained him. He was taken and laid on his mother's
knee, and there, in the evening, he died. She laid the little body on
Eliseus's bed and rode a long way to find the prophet. She could
not speak for sorrow, but she knew that he could help her. So he
went to her house, and, shutting the door of his room, he prayed till
at last the child's soul came back, and, calling the mother, he gave
her her son alive.
THE ASSYRIAN HOST.
GOD punished the wicked kings, but He took great care of those who
served Him. While Ezechias, who was very good, was reigning, the
king of Assyria came before Jerusalem with nearly two hundred
thousand soldiers, and told Ezechias to give up the city to him. Now
Ezechias and his people were very brave, and did what they could;
but he knew he could not resist such a great army, and went into the
Temple to ask God to help him. God sent His prophet Isaias to tell
him that because he had trusted in Him He would answer his prayer.
That night an angel passed through the Assyrian camp and killed all
the soldiers in their sleep. When the king awoke and saw all his
soldiers lying dead, he went away in fear. He could not fight against
GOD saved another place from the Assyrians in a different way. They
had laid siege to the little town of Bethulia, and when the people inside
had no more food or water they thought they must give it up. But
Judith, a holy woman, saved them. She went alone with her maid
into the Assyrian camp, and as she was alone and very beautiful, the.
general, Holophernes, forbade any one to harm her. She stayed four
days in the camp ; and then Holophernes asked her to feast alone with
him. He drank a great deal of wine, and, when he had fallen asleep,
Judith took his sword, cut off his head, and put it in a bag. God was
with her, and she and her maid returned to the gates of Bethulia with-
out being seen. In the morning, when they found their general had
been killed, the Assyrians ran away.
DANIEL IN THE DEN OF LIONS.
ONCE God punished His people, the Jews as they were now called, by
letting their enemies destroy Jerusalem and carry them off to Babylon
for seventy years. Among the captives was Daniel, a holy prophet.
He was very brave, and served God quite openly. Some of the people
hated him for this, and for saying things against the worship of idols,
and they asked the king to throw him into a den of lions, where he
was left six days. All that time God did not let the lions touch him,
and sent him food by a man whom an angel took into the den. When
the king found Daniel alive at the end of six days, he knew God was
with him ; so he took him out, and had his enemies thrown into the
den instead. The lions were so hungry that they ate them up the
moment they were thrown in.
KING ASSUERUS being angry with his queen, sent her away and chose
another. His choice fell on a young Jewess, Esther; but he did not
know she was a Jewess. Aman, his chief officer, hated Esther's uncle,
Mardochai, and all Jews on his account, and got the king to make a
cruel law that they were all to be killed. Mardochai told Esther that
she must go to the King and pray for the lives of her people ; but she
said that any one who went to him without being sent for was put to
death. All the same she did it. At first Assuerus was very angry; but
when he saw her fainting from fear, he forgave her, and said he would
give her anything she asked for. Thus she was able to save her people,
and when the King found how Aman had tricked him, he had him
THE SEVEN BROTHERS.
ABOUT a hundred and fifty years before our Lord came, Antiochus, the
wicked King of Syria, set up idols in God's holy Temple, and com-
manded all the Jews to worship them, by eating food which had been
offered to them. Among others, seven brothers and their mother
refused to do this wicked thing. Then the king took them one by
one, and scourged, burnt, and cut them in pieces, till all were killed
except the youngest and the mother. This last brother was only a
boy, and, seeing this, Antiochus thought he would have no difficulty ;
but the boy would not obey and offend God. His mother, too, begged
him to suffer anything rather than commit sin. Seeing that he could
not persuade him, the king put the boy to death even more cruelly than
his brothers ; and after him the mother was killed.
THE NEW TESTAMENT.
WHEN the time came for our Lord to be born, God sent His angel
Gabriel to Mary, whom He had chosen and made worthy to be the
Mother of His Son by keeping her without sin. She was fifteen
years old, and lived at Nazareth. She wondered when she saw the
angel; but he said she need have no fear, for he was sent to tell
her that she would have a son, who was to be the Saviour of the
world, promised so long ago to Adam and Eve, and who would
also be the Son of God. When Mary heard He was to be the
Son of God, she said: Be it done unto me according to thy
Word." The world had been waiting a long time, but as soon
as Mary most pure had given her consent to be His Mother, our
THE angel told our Lady that her cousin Elizabeth was also to have
a son, although she was a very old woman. This son was to be
St. John the Baptist, who was to preach and tell everybody to get
ready because the Saviour had come at last. So as soon as Gabriel
had left her, Mary went to visit Elizabeth, who lived a long way
off. She wanted to wish her joy, and tell her about the great thing
which was to happen to herself. But Elizabeth needed no telling.
As soon as Mary came near, the Holy Ghost told her that she was
the Mother of God, and she cried out: Blessed art thou among
women. How is this, that the Mother of my Lord should come
to me ?" Then Mary burst forth into a song of thanksgiving for
the great things God had done to her.
AT last the time was come which the world had been longing for
ever since Adam and Eve sinned; and Jesus the Saviour was born.
It had always been said that He was to be born in Bethlehem, and
this is how it happened that He was born there. The Roman
Emperor had ordered all his subjects to be counted in their own
towns, so Mary and Joseph had to leave Nazareth and travel to
Bethlehem, the town to which they belonged. They were very
tired after their long journey, but every inn was full, and no one
would take them in, so they were glad to find rest in a cave which
was used as a stable. There, in the middle of the night, Jesus was
born, and His Mother laid Him in the manger on some straw, for
she had no better bed on which to lay Him.
OUTSIDE on the hills, where David the shepherd-boy kept his sheep
before he was king, some shepherds were watching their flocks by
night to keep off the wild beasts. All at once a great light shone
round them, and an angel stood before them. They were afraid,
but he told them not to fear, as he had news of great joy to tell
them. The Saviour had come at last, and was born in Bethlehem,
where they would find Him lying in a manger in a stable. While he
spoke a great host of angels appeared in the sky, singing glory to
God; and then all was dark again. The shepherds said one to the
other: "Let us go and see;" and they ran in great haste to the
stable, and found everything just as the angel had said; and, falling
on their knees, they worshipped the Divine Babe.
GOD had given a law to the Jews that every eldest son was to be
taken to the Temple when he was about six weeks old, and given
to Him. Though her son was the Son of God, Mary obeyed the
law, and took Jesus to present Him in the Temple. There was in
the Temple a very holy old man, called Simeon, who had always
asked God that he might not die till he had seen the Saviour ; for
he knew by what the Scriptures said that the time for Him to come
could not be very far off. When Mary came into the Temple, the
Holy Ghost told Simeon that the babe whom she was carrying was
the Saviour. He went and took the Child in his arms, and thanked
God, and told Him that he was ready to die now, as his eyes had
seen the Saviour.
THE THREE KINGS.
IT was foretold in a far-off country that a star would appear when
our Lord came. Three kings of that country saw this star, and
followed it. When they reached Jerusalem 'they asked: "Where is
He who is born King of the Jews?" The learned men looked in
the Scriptures, and found He would be born in Bethlehem. Now
King Herod was very jealous to think there should be another
king, and thought how he could kill Him. So he asked the three
kings to come back and tell him when they had found Him. The
three kings went to Bethlehem, and the star went on before
them, and rested over the house where the Holy Family lived.
Then they went in and adored, and offered gifts to the Child. An
angel told them not to go back to Herod, but to return home
THE FLIGHT INTO EGYPT.
HEROD was very angry when the kings did not come back, and sent
his soldiers to kill every baby boy in Bethlehem under two years
old. He felt sure that Jesus would be killed among them. But
God knew what the wicked king meant to do, and sent an angel
in the night to tell Joseph to take the Holy Child to a place where
He would be safe. Joseph got up at once, and put Mary on an
ass, with the Babe in her arms, and left Bethlehem. They were
far away when the soldiers came next morning and searched every
house for the little boys, to kill them. These babies who shed their
blood for Jesus are called the Holy Innocents. Jesus, Mary, and
Joseph went to Egypt, and lived there seven years, till cruel Herod
was dead, and an angel told Joseph to take the Child and His
THE FINDING IN THE TEMPLE.
WHEN our Lord was twelve He went to keep the Pasch at Jerusalem.
A great crowd was travelling, and, on the way back, Mary and Joseph
missed Him. She thought He was with the men, and St. Joseph
thought He was with His Mother. When they knew they had lost
Him they were very unhappy, and looked for Him for three days. At
last they found Him in the Temple, talking to the wise and learned
men there in a way which made them wonder. Mary, who could
not forget her sorrow at losing Him, asked Him why He had stayed
behind. But Jesus said: Know you not that I must be about the
things of My Father ?" He did not want His Mother to forget that
He was the Son of God. But He went home with her and St.
Joseph, and did all they told Him to do.
THE BAPTISM OF JESUS.
JOHN THE BAPTIST led a holy life in the desert, clothed in camel's
hair and eating locusts and wild honey. When the time came he
preached, and told those who came into the desert to hear him to
give up their sins, and to make ready for the Saviour who was coming
soon, who was so great that he himself was not worthy to undo His
shoes. When the people were sorry for their sins John baptized
them in the river Jordan. One day Jesus asked to be baptized. John
obeyed, but he did not wish to do it, saying that Jesus ought to baptize
him. When our Lord came out of the water the Holy Ghost rested
on Him, like a dove, and a voice from heaven said: "This is My
beloved Son." John saw and heard this, and told the people that
the Saviour had come.
THE FIRST DISCIPLES.
ONE day John saw Jesus, who was still keeping Himself hidden, and,
pointing Him out to his followers, said : "Behold the Lamb of God.
who taketh away the sin of the world !" Hearing this, Andrew and
another, supposed to be John, went to Jesus and asked Him where
He lived ; and He said: "Come and see." They stayed with Him all
day, and then Andrew fetched his brother Peter, and told him that
they had found the Saviour. These men were fishermen. Soon after,
Jesus, when He was walking along the shore, saw Peter and Andrew
fishing in a boat, and said: Come after Me." And they followed
Him. A little further He saw James and John mending their nets
with their father, and told them to follow Him; and they too left
their father and followed Him, and never left Him again.
THE MARRIAGE AT CANA.
AFTER this our Lord went to a marriage-feast at a village called Cana.
His Mother and disciples went with Him. The people who gave the
feast were not rich, and before it was over all the wine was finished.
Our Lady was sorry for them, and said to her Son : "They have no
wine ;" but Jesus told her that His time for working miracles was not
come. She, however, was so sure He would do something to help
the poor people that she bade the waiters to do whatever He told
them. There were six big jars in the room, and Jesus told the men to
fill them quite full with water and then pour out. What came out was
not water but wine It was so good that the master was surprised,
and asked why the best wine had been kept for the end of the feast.
THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT.
WHAT our Lord taught was not like what had been taught before.
Before He came good people had been very strict about keeping the
Commandments, offering sacrifices and doing all that God told Moses
on Mount Sinai; but when our Lord came He taught the things
which we are now taught, and which we hear of in the lives of the
Saints. He told people to love God with all their hearts, to pray to
Him as their Father, to leave all to His care, and to do good to others
and love them like brothers and sisters. The people followed Him
everywhere to hear His words. Once He sat on a hill, and, in what
is called the Sermon on the Mount, told them about the things which
make people really blessed by God, and all the things which we, as
Christians, ought to do.
BLESSING LITTLE CHILDREN.
ONE day some mothers brought their little children to be blessed by
Jesus. They had seen Him lay His hands on sick people and make
them well, and were sure that it would do their children's souls good
if He touched them and blessed them. The disciples wished to send
the mothers away. They knew their Master was very tired, and
thought it was not worth His while to put Himself out for children.
But our Lord was displeased, and said : Suffer the little children to
come unto Me, and forbid them not, for of such is the kingdom of
God." Then He took them in His arms, embraced them, and gave
them back to their mothers. He loved children, and when His
disciples had proud thoughts He told them that unless they became
like little children, they would not be fit for heaven.
THE STORM ON THE LAKE.
ONCE when Jesus and His disciples were in a boat He was very
tired, and fell fast asleep in the back part. While He slept a great
storm came on. The wind blew, and the waves dashed into the
boat, till the disciples thought it must sink. They knew our Lord
could save them, but they did not think He could do so while He
slept, and yet they did not like to waken Him. But at last they
went to Him, and told Him of the danger they were in. He knew
all about it, and was taking care of them though He was asleep, and
they ought to have known it. So He asked them why they were
afraid and had so little faith. Then He rose to His feet and told
the winds and the waves to be still, and they obeyed Him, and
there was a great calm.
P~I, -.d;l; r
THE RAISING OF JAIRUS'S DAUGHTER.
A MAN named Jairus had a daughter, twelve years old, who was dying.
He knew that Jesus could cure the sick, so he ran and asked Him to
make haste and come and make her well; Jesus went, but, on purpose,
did not hurry. So, before they got to Jairus's house, his servants met
him and told him to take no more trouble, as the little girl was dead.
But our Lord said: She is not dead, but sleepeth." Then Jairus's
friends laughed at Jesus, for they knew she was dead. He went into
the room where the child lay dead, and took with Him only her
father and mother, and His three apostles, Peter, James, and John.
Then, taking the girl by the hand, He said: "Young maid, I say to
thee, arise !" and she got up and walked about. Jesus told her father
and mother to give her something to eat, and went away.