THE THREE KINGS - From our Series on "The Lives of the Saints"
St. Baltazar, ora pro nobis.
St. Melchior, ora pro nobis.
St. Gaspar, ora pro nobis.
TALK CONSISTS OF FIFTEEN AUDIO FILES
Total Length is Approximately 80 minutes long
Many of us are familiar with the fact that three gentile kings came to adore the Newborn King. They brought Him gifts of Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh. We celebrate this feast each year on January 6, Epiphany. Their appearance in the Gospel is quite unexpected and their departure equally sudden. Who were they? What did they do before and after this great event of their lives? While such details are not contained in Sacred Scripture, Tradition does record their lives, including the fact that they became great bishops and saints. (The lack of scriptural details should not surprise us, as this hold true for many other great saints, including Blessed Mother, St. Joseph, St. John the Baptist, and the Apostles.) Knowledge of their life, and devotion to them, was quite popular in Catholic centuries past. However, our day and age which is so forgetful of past traditions (even intentionally abandoning or doubting them) has largely forgotten these saints. Many believers who actually accept their existence, simply consider them as three anonymous “wise men” or “magi.” Although tradition has even preserved some of their relics for twenty centuries, outside of the one event recorded in Matthew 2:1-13, the events of their life have been sadly relegated to the level of fable by most. Yet this was not always so! In this audio series we have gathered together the fascinating, rich, and miraculous history of St. Baltazar, St. Melchior, and St. Gaspar and hand-on some of the popular devotions associated with their feast.