4 Sept: St. Moses, Old Testament lawgiver and prophet

Today is the feast of St. Moses, lawgiver and prophet in the Old Testament.

Many people do not realize that may Old Testament figures are considered by Holy Mother Church to be saints. Many of them are listed in editions of the Roman Martyrology, both pre-Conciliar and post.

Here is today’s entry for Moses.

1. Commemoratio sancti Moysis, prophetae, quem Deus elegit, ut populum in Aegypto oppressum liberaret et in terram promissionis adduceret; cui etiam in monte Sina sese revelavit dicens: “Ego sum qui sum”, atque legem proposuit, quae vitam populi electi regeret.  Ille servus Dei in monte Nebo terrae Moab coram terra promissionis plenus dierum obiit.

Anyone want to take a crack at What The Martyrology Really Says?

Enjoy some Mystic Monk Coffee, or refresh your depleted supply, and get out that dictionary if necessary.

Also, a question/request to readers:

Have any of you ever seen a stained-glass window of Moses at the cleft in the rock in Exodus 33?

I would like a good photo.

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6 Responses to 4 Sept: St. Moses, Old Testament lawgiver and prophet

  1. Eriugena says:

    The commemoration of Moses, the holy prophet, chosen by God to deliver His people out of oppression in Egypt and lead them to the promised land. He revealed himself to him on Mount Sinai, saying “I am who I am” and giving him the law to govern the life of the chosen people. The servant of God died at a great age on Mount Nebo in the land of Moab, before reaching the promised land.

  2. JacobWall says:

    Here’s my go at it:

    More literal, word for word:

    The memorial of saint Moses, the prophet, whom God chose so that he would free the people oppressed in Egypt and lead them into the land promise; to whom he even revealed Himself on Mount Sinai saying: “I am who I am,” and put forth the law, which ruled the life of the chosen people. That slave of God perished on Mount Nebo in sight of the land of promise, full of days.

    Slightly modified for better flow:

    The memorial of Saint Moses, the prophet, whom God chose to free His people enslaved in Egypt and to lead them into the promised land; to him God even revealed Himself on Mount Sinai, saying: “I am who I am,” and set forth the law, which ruled the life His chosen people. After a long life, this same servant of God perished on Mount Nebo within sight of the promised land.

  3. JayDeee says:

    For stained glass, try http://www.flickr.com/photos/paullew/5563509956/ <– from the Flickr stream of Fr. Lawrence Lew, OP. If you search his photo stream for Moses and Rock you will find a few more.

  4. laud1645 says:

    Don’t know of any ‘cleft rock’ windows, but there’s a lovely mosaic in Chester Cathedral of Mosese


    And it came to pass that when Moses held up his hand that Israel prevailed

    Also in the cloisters they have a stained glass windows of all the saints in the Kalendar; maniples and dalmaticks a-plenty!

  5. I am not looking for just any image of Moses. Please read Exodus 33 about God giving Moses a glimpse as He passed before the cleft in the rock.

  6. acardnal says:

    The Lord allowed Moses to see His back but not his face.

    Ex. 33:20-23, “‘. . . you cannot see My face; for man shall not see Me and live.’ And the Lord said, ‘Behold, there is a place by Me where you shall stand upon the rock; and while My glory passes by I will put you in a cleft of the rock and I will cover you with My hand until I have passed by; then I will take away My hand, and you shall see My back; but My face shall not be seen.’”

    I have never seen a stained glass image of this biblical scene.