St. Aaron

Aaron was the older brother of Moses, and he played a critical role in the liberation of the Israelites from slavery in Egypt. According to the Bible, Aaron was born in Egypt to Amram and Jochebed, both of whom were from the tribe of Levi. He had two siblings, Moses and Miriam.

When Moses was called by God to lead the Israelites out of slavery, he asked Aaron to assist him, acting as his spokesman. Aaron was hesitant at first but eventually agreed to join his brother on this mission.

Together, Moses and Aaron went to the Pharaoh of Egypt and demanded that he release the Israelites from slavery. When the Pharaoh refused, God sent a series of plagues to afflict Egypt. Aaron was instrumental in these events, serving as the one who actually performed many of the miracles. For example, he turned his staff into a serpent, and he was the one who struck the Nile River, turning the water into blood.

After the Israelites were freed from Egypt, Aaron became the first High Priest of Israel. He was responsible for leading the religious ceremonies and offering sacrifices to God. He also helped Moses to establish the system of laws and regulations that governed the Israelite community.

Despite his many achievements, Aaron was not without flaws. For example, he was involved in the creation of the Golden Calf, an idol that the Israelites worshipped while Moses was on Mount Sinai receiving the Ten Commandments. Aaron was also criticized for his role in the rebellion of Korah, in which a group of Levites challenged his leadership.

Aaron died at the age of 123 and was buried in the desert. His legacy lived on, however, and he continued to be remembered as one of the great leaders of the Israelites, revered for his role in the liberation from slavery and the establishment of their religious traditions.