THE CAST

Zechariah, priest and father of John the Baptist Luke 1:5,63.

Elizabeth, wife of Zechariah, mother of John the Baptist and kinswoman to the Blessed Virgin Mary Luke1:5, 36-63.

John The Baptist, Matthew 3:1, Mark 1:4. Preached repentance Luke 3:2-4.

Simeon, a devout man who prophesied that the infant Jesus was the Christ Luke 2:25-35.

Anna, prophesied about the infant Jesus Luke 2:36-38.

Joseph, stepfather of Jesus Matthew 1:19.

Blessed Virgin Mary, mother of Jesus Luke 2:4-7. At foot of cross John 19:25. In upper room with apostles Acts 1:14.

Herod the king, king of all Judea when Christ was born Matthew 2:1, Luke 1:5. Ordered children murdered attempting to kill Jesus Matthew 2:16. Father of Herod the Tetrarch.

Peter, leader of the 12 apostles, first called Simon Matthew 10:2, Mark 3:16. Jesus made him the first Pope, Matthew 16:18. At Transfiguration Mark 3:16, Matthew 17:1-2, Luke 9:28-29. Made decision at Council of Jerusalem Acts 15:6-11.

Andrew, one of the 12 apostles, brother of Simon Peter, Matthew 10:2, Mark 3:18.

Matthew, the tax collector, one of the 12 apostles Matthew 9:9-10, 10:1-3, Mark 3:14-18. By tradition wrote 1st Gospel.

James, son of Zebedee, brother of John, one of the 12 apostles Matthew 10:2. Called Boanerges, that is, sons of thunder Mark 3:17. Also Known As (AKA) "James the Greater." Witness to Transfiguration Luke 9:28-29, Mark 9:2-4, Matthew 17:1-4. James was murdered with a sword at the order of Herod Acts 12:2-3.

John, brother of James, son of Zebedee, one of the 12 apostles Matthew 10:2. AKA The Beloved Disciple, author of 4th Gospel John 21:20-24. Called Boanerges that is, sons of thunder Mark 3:17. Witness to Transfiguration Luke 9:28-29, Mark 9:2-4, Matthew 17:1-4.

Bartholomew, one of the 12 apostles Matthew 10:3, Mark 3:16-19, Luke 6:14, Acts 1:13. Jesus said of him "Here is a true Israelite. There is no duplicity in him." John 1:47. AKA Nathanael from Cana in Galilee John 21:2.

Philip, one of the 12 apostles Mark 3:16-19. Philip was from Bethsaida, the town of Andrew and Peter John 1:44.

Thomas, one of the 12 apostles Matthew 10:3, Mark 3:16-19, Acts 1:13. Called Didymus or Twin John 20:24, 21:2.

James, the son of Alphaeus one of the 12 apostles Matthew 10:3, Mark 3:18. AKA "James the Lesser." Identified as the Lord's "brother" Galations 1:19. Was one of the pillars of the early Church Galations 2:9. He wrote an epistle, which is included in the New Testament.

Thaddeus, one of the 12 apostles Matthew 10:3, Mark 3:18. Sometimes called Judas son of James Luke 6:16, Acts 1:13, John 14:22. AKA Jude. By tradition wrote the epistle included in the New Testament attributed to Jude.

Simon, one of the 12 apostles. Called the Cananaean, Matthew 10:4, Mark 3:18, and "The Zealot" Luke 6:15, Acts 1:13.

Judas Iscariot, one of the 12 apostles who betrayed Jesus Matthew 10:4, Mark 3:19, Luke 6:16. Described as the son of Simon John 13:2. Hanged himself Matthew 27:3, Acts 1:18.

Joanna, the wife of Herod's steward Chuza, Luke 8:3. Discovered resurrection Luke 24:10.

Susanna, provided for the apostles and the Lord out of her resources. Luke 8:3.

Lazarus, from Bethany John 11:1. Raised from death John 11:43-44. Brother of Martha and Mary John 11:1.

Martha and Mary, sisters of Lazarus from Bethany. Mary anointed the Lord with perfumed oil and dried his feet with her hair Mark 14:3, Luke 10:38-39, John 11:1, John 12:2. It is unknown if this is the same penitent woman from Luke 7:36-38.

Simon, a Pharisee at whose house in Bethany that the penitent Mary anointed Jesus' feet Luke 7:37-44. He is also described as "Simon the leper" Mark 14:3, Matthew 26:6.

Jairus, an official of the synagogue. Jesus healed his only daughter who was dying Mark 5:22,40, Luke 8:41,54.

Bartimaeus, a blind beggar healed by Jesus Mark 10:46.

Nicodemus, a Pharisee John 3:1 7:50. Jesus tells him we must be "born again" John 3:1. Anointed Jesus' body after crucifiction John 19:39.

Herod, the Tetrarch Luke 3:1, 9:7. Put John the Baptist to Death Matthew 14:10. He died eaten by worms Acts 12:21.

Zacchaeus, of Jericho who was a chief tax collector climbed a tree to see Jesus Luke 19:2-4.

Caiaphas, was high priest the year Jesus was condemned John 11:49, Matthew 26:3.

Annas, father-in-law of Caiaphas John 18:13.

Barabbas, a revolutionary John 18:40, Matthew 27:16. He was released in place of Jesus Matthew 27:26.

Pilate, Roman Governor or Procurator Matthew 27:1. Pilate ordered Jesus crucified Matthew 27:24-26.

Simon, of Cyrene, forced to carry the cross behind Jesus Luke 23:26, Matthew 27:32. Called the father of Alexander and Rufus Mark 15:21.

Mary, the wife of Clopas, sister of the Virgin Mary at foot of cross John 19:25.

Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out, Luke 8:2. At foot of cross John 19:10, Mark 15:40, Matthew 27:56. At tomb on Good Friday Matthew 27:61. Discovered resurrection Matthew 28:1, Mark 16:1-2, Luke 24:10, John 20:1.

James, Joses, Judas, and Simon, "brothers" of Jesus Mark 6:3.
James, Joseph, Judas, and Simon, "brothers" of Jesus Matthew 13:55.

Mary, the mother of the younger James and of Joses. At cross Mark 15:40.
Mary, the mother of James and Joseph. At cross Matthew 27:56.
Mary mother of Joses. Saw tomb on Friday Mark 15:47.
Mary, mother of James. Discovered resurrection Mark 16:1, Luke 24:10.
(It is likely she is the "Other Mary" who was at the tomb on Friday Matthew 27:61, and discovered resurrection Matthew 28:1.) From Galilee Luke 23:55.
(It could easily be speculated that these passages refer to the same Mary, who in turn is the mother of the listed "brothers" of Jesus.)

Unnamed Mother of the sons of Zebedee, (James and John). Asks for her sons James and John to be at right and left of Christ Matthew 20:20-21. At foot of cross Matthew 27:56.

Solome, a Christian woman at the cross Mark 15:40. Discovered resurrection Mark 16:1.

Joseph, of Arimathea, a disciple of Jesus who placed the Lord's body in his own tomb Matthew 27:57, Luke 23:50.

Cleopas, spoke with Jesus on the road to Emmaus Luke 24:13-18.

Matthias, was added to the list of apostles to replace Judas Iscariat Acts 1:26.

Steven, the first martyr Acts 6:5,8. Killed by an angry mob Acts 7:57-60.

Paul of Tarsus, called by the Lord to be an apostle Acts 9:3-6. Author of 14 of the 27 books of the New Testament. Also called Saul Acts 13:9.

Luke, author of the 3rd Gospel and the Acts Of The Apostles. Traveling companion of Paul of Tarsus 2Timothy 4:11, Philemon 23. A physician by trade Colossians 4:14.

Barnabas, a Christian evangelist from Cyprus originally known as Joseph Acts 4:36. Was a frequent companion to Paul of Tarsus Acts 11:25-27, 12:25, 13:1-2.

John Mark, cousin of Barnabas Colossians 4:10. Known by both names Acts 12:25. Accompanied Paul and Barnabas to Cyprus Acts 13:5. Returns to Jerusalem Acts 13:13. Returns to Cyprus with Barnabas Acts 15:36-40. By tradition wrote 2nd gospel. (It is unknown if he is the same Mark mentioned in 1Peter 5:13.)

Mary, mother of John also known as Mark, to whose house Peter went after the angel released him Acts 12:12.

Rhoda, servant in the house of Mary mother of John Mark. Left Peter standing outside Acts 12:13-14.

Gamaliel, a Pharisee and member of the Sanhedrin Acts 5:33. Teacher of Paul of Tarsus Acts 22:3.

Ananias, a Christian in Damascus who healed Paul after receiving a vision Acts 9:10-18.

Simon, the tanner, from Joppa. Peter stayed at his house Acts 9:42, 10:5-6.

Cornelius, a centurion of the Roman Army Acts 10:1. Peter baptized him and his family Acts 10:48.

Silas, helper and fellow traveler of Paul. Described as a leader "among the brothers" and prophet Acts 15:22, 32. Travels with Paul Acts 15:40, 17:10. Whipped with Paul Acts 16:19-22.

Simeon, called Nigras (the black) a prophet and teacher in Antioch Acts 13:1.

Lucius, from Cyrene, a prophet and teacher in Antioch Acts 13:1.

Manaen, prophet and teacher in Antioch, had been brought up with Governor Herod Acts 13:1.

Joseph, called Barsabbas, also called Justus was a candidate for the position of apostle Acts 1:23. Apparently unrelated to Judas Barsabbas below.

Judas, called Barsabbas, "leader among the brothers" and prophet Acts 15:22, 32. Traveled with Silas to Antioch to deliver a letter to Christians there Acts 15:22-23.

Lydia, from Thyatira. Dealer in Purple goods who meets Paul in Philippi in Macedonia Acts 16:14.

Aquila, Jewish tentmaker from Pontus in Italy. Along with Priscilla his wife was host to Paul in Corinth Acts 18:2. Both sailed with Paul to Ephasus and assisted him Acts 18:18-20, Romans 16:3.

Timothy, an early bishop. Frequently traveled with Paul Acts 20:4, Philippians 1:1, Romans 16:21. Of Jewish mother and Greek father Acts 16:1-3. Paul sent him two letters which are included in the New Testament.

Apollos, a Christian evangelist well versed in scripture, from Alexandria Acts 18:24, 1Corinthians 1:12, 3:5.

Simon, the magician, offered to pay money for the power of the Holy Spirit and was rebuked by Peter Acts 8:9-23.

Demetrius, the silversmith, started a riot of silversmiths against Paul in Ephesus Acts 19:24-31.

Tychicus, a helper and "dear brother" of Paul Ephesians 6:21. Sent by Paul to Colossae Colossians 4:7-8. Described as an Asian Acts 20:4.

Eutychus, young man who fell asleep and fell out a window, healed by Paul Acts 20:9-12.

Titus Justus, a Greek gentile Galatians 2:3. Paul calls him a fellow worker 2Corinthians 8:23. Paul stays with him Acts 18:7. Paul made him a bishop in Crete Titus 1:5.

Artemas, helper of Paul. Paul planned to send him to Crete to help Titus Titus 3:12.

Nympha, an early Christian. Members of the Church met in her house Colossians 4:15.

Zenas, the lawyer. A Christian who lived in Crete Titus 3:13.

Onesimus, an early Christian from Colossae. Described by Paul as a faithful brother Colossians 4:9. Was a runaway slave Philemon 9-11.

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Published by The Minnesota St. Thomas More Chapter of Catholics United for the Faith, February 2003.