Guerber. Legends of the Virgin and Christ

Today's free book is Legends of the Virgin and Christ, with Special References to Literature and Art, by H. A. Guerber. For the table of contents, check at the bottom of this post below the image.

The book is available at Internet Archive, Hathi Trust, and Google Books.


CHAPTER I. YOUTH OF THE VIRGIN MARY. Mary in the Bible — Legends in the first century — Crusaders bring legends west — The character of the legends — Prominence attained by Mary — Marriage of Joachim and Anna — Their sorrow — The offering refused — Joachim's penance — Anna's two visions — Joachim's vision and sacrifice — Joachim's return — The meeting at the Golden Gate — The immaculate conception of Mary — Nativity of the Virgin — Presentation of the Virgin — The priests' dispute — Mary's life in the Temple — Description of Mary — Her suitors — Her vow — The high priest's perplexity — The instructions he receives — Judah chosen by lot — The calling of the unmarried men — The story of Joseph — The rods on the altar — The priest's dismay — The flowering rod — The dove — Marriage of the Virgin — The disappointed suitor

CHAPTER II. THE ANNUNCIATION. Mary's companions — Joseph leaves Mary at Nazareth — Work for the Temple — Mary chosen by lot — The vision of Zacharias — The maidens mock Mary — The council in Heaven — The Annunciation — The Ave Maria — The meaning of the rosary — The Immaculate Conception — The doctrine in Spain — A Mohammedan legend — The work finished — Mary's journey — The Salutation — The Magnificat — The Visitation — Miracle in the garden — The birth of St. John — Mary's return home — Joseph's doubts — The high priest's summons — The waters of jealousy — The legend of the cherry tree

CHAPTER III. THE NATIVITY. The prophecies — The portents — The Temple of Peace — The Tiburtine Sibyl — The Church of Ara Coeli — The three suns — The balsam — The date — Christmas — Caesar's decree — The journey to Bethlehem — The two people — The cave — Joseph in search of aid — The suspense of nature — The birth of Christ — Adoration of angels — Legend of sainfoin — Zelomi and Salome — The Vision of the Shepherds — Adoration of the Shepherds — The ox and the ass — The Feast of the Ass — The circumcision — The purification — The presentation in the Temple — Simeon and Anna — Septuagint legend — Mary's first sorrow

CHAPTER IV. THE FLIGHT. Balaam's prophecy — The Magi — The three miracles — The star — Arrival at Jerusalem — Herod and the cock — Adoration of the Magi — Departure of the Magi — Subsequent career of the Magi — The wrath of Herod — The massacre of the Innocents — The flight of Elizabeth — The murder of Zacharias — Joseph warned — The flight into Egypt — The wheat field — The pine and juniper — The roses of Jericho — The aspen — The wild beasts

CHAPTER V. THE SOJOURN IN EGYPT. The road followed — The brigands — The captives released — The good thief — The robbers' den — The palm — The fountain — The arrival in Egypt — The fallen idols — The conversion of the Egyptians — The priest's son — The Sphinx — The visit to Pharaoh — The dumb bride — The leper girl — The story of the mule — The sojourn at Matarea — The sycamore — The shadow of the cross — Miraculous cures — Bartholomew — Judas — The fortune teller — Christ's playmates — The dead fish — The Egyptian teacher

CHAPTER VI. THE BOYHOOD OF CHRIST. The return to Nazareth — Christ and St. John — The broken pitcher — The children refuse to play — The story of the kids — The young king — Simon Zelotes — The seven pools — The sparrows — Two boys slain — The wrathful parents — The miracles — The education of Jesus — Zaccheus — Levi — The fruit tree — The roof accident — The dead babe — The sojourn at Jericho — The grain — The lions — The bedstead — The throne — The sojourn at Capernaum — The dead man restored — The sojourn at Bethlehem — James cured — The mason — Christ's home life — The dyer — The twelve year old Christ at Jerusalem

CHAPTER VII. THE MINISTRY OF CHRIST. History of Joseph the Carpenter — Joseph warned of death — Joseph's request — Mary's plea to Christ — The angels receive Joseph's soul — Joseph shrouded — The burial of Joseph — Christ's promise — Christ the carpenter — The Shadow of the Cross — The Baptism — The Temptation — The wedding at Cana — The wine measure — The goose — The woodpecker — The Virgin's terror — Story of Abgar — Description of Christ — The parting of Christ and His Mother — The Passion Play — The birth of Judas — Crimes and repentance of Judas — The treachery of Judas — The death of Judas — Judas in hell — The colour of Judas — The seamen and Judas — Leonardo da Vinci's Judas

CHAPTER VIII. THE PASSION WEEK. The Last Supper — Lucifer's crown — Revolt of Lucifer — Man's downfall planned — The legend of Israfil — Banishment of Adam and Eve — The Holy Grail — The blood of Christ — Joseph in prison — Vespasian and Getus — Veronica's handkerchief — The first crusade — The Holy Grail in France — The Round Table — The Siege Perilous — The Holy Grail in England — Christ before Pilate — The officer — The standards — Procla's dream — The witnesses — The sentence

CHAPTER IX. THE CRUCIFIXION. The willow-tree — The birch-tree — The crown of thorns — Legend of the robin — The roses — Legend of the Cross — Seth's visit to Paradise — Seth's vision — The three seeds — Solomon and the tree — The Queen of Sheba — The pool of Bethesda — The legend of Golgotha — Constantine's cross — Constantine's conversion — Helena's conversion — Helena's dream — The finding of the Cross — The Cross in Persia — Heraclius and the Cross — The Invention of the Cross — The lance of Longinus — The three nails — The cross-bill

CHAPTER X. DEATH, BURIAL, AND RESURRECTION OF CHRIST. The Wandering Jew in fiction — The legend of the Wandering Jew — The Wandering Jew in Europe — The Crucifixion — The seamless coat — The legend of Pilate — The penitent thief — The fallen idols — The descent from the Cross — The Pietà — The entombment — La Pamoison — The Jews' decision — Joseph imprisoned — Guards at the sepulchre — Joseph missing — The guards' defence — The Ascension — The rumours — The search for Christ — The finding of Joseph — Joseph's account of his escape

CHAPTER XI. THE DESCENT INTO HADES. The sons of Simeon — The Jews ask for their account — The writing of their statement — The dead in Hades — The Light — The prophecies — The plans of Hades and Satan — The story of Lazarus — The defence of Hades — The King of Glory — The entrance of Christ — The submission of Hades — Satan bound — The righteous delivered — Christ appears to Mary — Christ appears to James — Christ leads the redeemed to Paradise — Enoch, Elijah, and the good thief — The two versions — Pilate sees report — Herod's letter — The doom of Herodias — The death of Herod — The death of Pilate

CHAPTER XII. ASSUMPTION AND CORONATION OF THE VIRGIN. Mary at the Ascension — The seven sorrows of the Virgin — Pentecost — The Holy Ghost — Disciples take leave of the Virgin — The Annunciation — The palm — The disciples — Mary's farewell — The Virgin's soul — The shrouding of the Virgin — The funeral of the Virgin — The High Priest — The burial of the Virgin — The Assumption — Thomas' doubts — The girdle — The Coronation — The privilege granted to Mary — The last Judgment

CHAPTER XIII. MOTHER AND SON IN ART. Christ the model man — Mary the model woman — Christ in early Christian art — The symbols by which He was represented — Pagan and Biblical types of Christ — The Good Shepherd — The Virgin in early art — The disputes and schisms in the Church — The first portrait of the Virgin — John of Damascus — The influence of the Crusades — Saint Bernard's vision — The Church plays — The influence exerted by the Renaissance — The symbols of Mary — The legend of the rose — The names of Mary — The vesture of Mary and Christ — The Madonnas — Our Lady of the Snow — Our Lady of Loretto — Our Lady of the Pillar — Our Lady of the Chair — Series of pictures — The Incoronata — The Mater Dolorosa — The Pieta — The Mater Amabilis — Plants connected with Christ — Plants connected with Mary — Conclusion

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