Gospel Desk

The Twelve Believers

Celebrating those Christ celebrates

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 Disciples, so also there are another Twelve who call on Jesus and are answered, providing a clear picture of devotion for all Christians to follow.

The purpose of the Twelve Believers project is to build faith in our day by promoting these saints of the Church—producing liturgical art, exploring their stories, and following them as they follow Christ. Jesus celebrates the Twelve Believers. Let us celebrate them, as well!

Who are the Twelve Believers?

  1. St. Justa, the Canaanite woman
  2. St. Veronica, the woman with a flow of blood
  3. The Sinful Woman
  4. St. Dismas, the penitent thief (a.k.a. St. Rakh)
  5. The Samaritan Leper
  6. St. Bartimaeus, the blind beggar
  7. The Centurion
  8. St. Zacchaeus, the son of Abraham
  9. The Wise Scribe
  10. St. Nathanael, the true Israelite (a.k.a. St. Bartholomew)
  11. St. Peter, the blessed
  12. St. Mary of Bethany, the twice-praised

The Structure of the Twelve Believers

  1. The Defiant

    Justa, Veronica, and the Sinful Woman are women on the edge of Jewish society, with nothing left to lose, who defy onlookers to boldly approach Jesus.

  2. The Outcast

    Dismas, the Samaritan Leper, and Bartimaeus are men without worldly advantages. They beg Jesus for mercy and are answered.

  3. The Powerful

    The Centurion, Zacchaeus, and the Wise Scribe occupy positions of wealth and status, yet they show by their faith that all things are possible with God.

  4. The Familiar

    Nathanael, Peter, and Mary of Bethany are close friends of Jesus. Nathanael and Peter are among the Twelve Disciples—indeed Peter is the most prominent—and Mary is a Myrrhbearer and Equal of the Apostles.

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