As Christ made his way through the city, tradition has it that he briefly met his mother along the way. Her presence at his Passion had been prophesied by Simeon.
The 11th station pictures the crucifixion. At Golgotha, with arms and feet outstretched, Christ was brutally nailed to the cross by the Roman soldiers.
St Matthew’s gospel tells us that Christ once gave a long talk to the people, while seated on a mountain (Matthew 5:1-7:29). This great speech became known as ‘the Sermon on the Mount’. During this sermon, Christ covered many topics, including how to do good works, keep the Law of God and develop real faith. … Continue reading The Beatitudes (Matthew 5:1-12)
The Wisdom of Solomon is a unique biblical book. It was one of the last books of the Old Testament to be produced and it was the only one written in Greek (about 50 BC). The author was probably a Greek-speaking Jew who lived in Egypt, where there was a large Jewish community at the … Continue reading The Death of God’s Son (Wisdom 2:12-20)
According to the Church, the death of Christ is revealed throughout the whole Bible. As Pope St John Paul II explained: “There were many messianic texts in the Old Testament which foreshadowed the sufferings of the future Anointed One of God. Among all these, particularly touching is the one which is commonly called the Fourth … Continue reading The Suffering Servant (Isaiah 52:13-53:12)
St Jude was one of the Twelve Apostles chosen by Christ and is believed to be the author of one of the letters in the New Testament (Luke 1:13-16; Acts 1:14; Jude 1:1). St Jude is also referred to in two of the gospels as ‘Thaddaeus’ (Matthew 10:3; Mark 3:18). This is not in itself … Continue reading St Jude the Apostle (Jude 1:1-2)
As Christ carried the cross-beam through the streets of Jerusalem, he was accompanied by a great crowd of people, among whom were women in mourning for him. The episode is only mentioned in St Luke’s gospel, which is often described as the ‘gospel of women’ because of its strong female focus. St Luke’s tells us … Continue reading Christ comforts the women of Jerusalem (Luke 23:27-31)
The moving story of the sacrifice of Isaac is rich in significance. The book of Genesis tells us that God told Abraham to sacrifice his beloved son Isaac to him, on Mount Moriah. Abraham set out to do just that, taking the boy Isaac up the mountain and building an altar for the sacrifice. Only at … Continue reading Abraham sacrifices Isaac (Genesis 22:1-19)
The Seven Penitential Psalms are seven prayers of repentance that are found throughout the book of Psalms. They were traditionally considered to have been written by King David, who repented of the sin of adultery and was therefore viewed as a model penitent. In the medieval Church in particular, the Seven Penitential Psalms were often used … Continue reading The Seven Penitential Psalms (Psalms 6; 32; 38; 51; 102; 130 and 143)