Gospel Desk

The Faithful Servants

Venerating those whom Christ praises

The Gospels tell the story of Jesus, the Son of God, with the intention that we would believe in him, and that, believing, we would have life in his name. What does belief look like? In the Gospels, there are twelve people whom Christ directly, explicitly praises for their faith. Just as Jesus calls the Twelve Apostles, so also there are another Twelve who call on Jesus and are answered, providing a clear picture of devotion for all to follow.

I am commissioning icons of these Twelve Faithful Servants from twelve different iconographers. Below you can see the ones completed so far. May we, like them, hear, “Well done, good and faithful servant!”

The Twelve Faithful Servants

The Defiant
Women with nothing left to lose, they defy onlookers to boldly approach Jesus.
St. Justa The Canaanite Woman St. Veronica The Woman with a Flow of Blood The Sinful Woman Forgiven by Christ
The Outcast
Men without worldly advantages, they beg Jesus for mercy and are answered.
St. Dysmas The Penitent Thief (a.k.a. St. Rakh) The Samaritan Leper St. Bartimaeus The Blind Beggar
The Powerful
Wealthy and of high standing, they show that all things are possible with God.
The Centurion St. Zacchaeus The Son of Abraham The Wise Scribe
The Familiar
Close friends of Jesus, they are Apostles and Equal to the Apostles.
St. Nathanael The True Israelite (a.k.a. St. Bartholomew) St. Peter The Blessed St. Mary of Bethany The Twice-Praised

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