CULLMAN, Ala. – This week, the students of Saint Bernard Preparatory School’s Society of St. Jerome embarked on an enlightening journey by crafting reproductions of Old Testament-era oil lamps.
The oil lamps, reminiscent of those used during the time of Abraham through the establishment of the Israelite kingdom, feature shallow bowls with a pinched notch designed to hold a wick. This hands-on project not only provided students with a tangible connection to history, but also served as a profound symbol of the light that scripture can bring to their lives.
In keeping with the school’s commitment to nurturing both academic and spiritual growth, students delved into the scriptures that reference lamps as powerful symbols for God and His Word. One notable passage from the Sermon on the Mount, found in Matthew 5.14-16, resonated with the students: “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do men light a lamp and put it under a bowl, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in Heaven”
The Society of St. Jerome, a vibrant campus organization at SBP dedicated to the study of the Sacred Scriptures, spearheaded this meaningful project. Comprised of dedicated members including Victoria Becerra, Analia Lajara Elsie Aguilar-Contreras, Yasmin Chavez, Kimberly Pantoja, Merry-Carmen Pichardo, Joy Lamote and Matthew Sauers, the Society embodies the school’s commitment to both spiritual exploration and academic excellence.
Dr. Craig Mann, the sponsor of the Society of St. Jerome, expressed the school’s pride in the students’ engagement with scripture and their commitment to creating a meaningful connection with the past. The project not only highlights SBP’s dedication to a well-rounded education, but also underscores the institution’s mission to instill the values of faith, knowledge and service in its students.