Lenten readings: CONTEMPLATING CHRIST’S PASSION (St. Leo the Great).


Lenten readings: CONTEMPLATING CHRIST’S PASSION (St. Leo the Great). True reverence for the Lord’s passion means fixing the eyes of our heart on Jesus crucified and recognising in him our own humanity.   The earth – our earthly nature – should tremble at the suffering of its Redeemer. The rocks – the hearts of unbelievers – should burst asunder. The…

FRIDAY DEVOTION TO THE PASSION AND DEATH OF OUR LORD.


  FRIDAY DEVOTION TO THE PASSION AND DEATH OF OUR LORD. This crucified image of Christ is popularly known as ” El Cachorro”, a very popular religious icon in Seville, Spain. A legend says that it is so called because the sculptor chose as a model the face of a gypsy, who had that nickname,…

JESUS IS LAID IN THE TOMB


JESUS IS LAID IN THE TOMB “Very near Calvary, in an orchard, Joseph of Arimathea had had a new tomb made, cut out of the rock. Since it is the eve of the solemn Pasch of the Jews, Jesus is laid there. Then Joseph, “rolling a great stone, closes the grave door and goes away”…

JESUS IS LAID IN THE ARMS OF HIS BLESSED MOTHER.


JESUS IS LAID IN THE ARMS OF HIS BLESSED MOTHER “• Mary stands by the Cross, engulfed in grief. And John is beside her. But it is getting late, and the Jews press for Our Lord to be removed from there. Having obtained from Pilate the permission required by Roman law for the burial of…

SEVILLE HOLY WEDNESDAY 2018: SANTÍSIMO CRISTO DE LA SED.


SEVILLE HOLY WEDNESDAY 2018: SANTÍSIMO CRISTO DE LA SED. “Sed” is the Spanish word for thirst. This religious image seems to depict Our Lord in the following scene: “aware that everything was now finished, in order that the Scripture might be fulfilled, Jesus said, ‘I thirst.’ There was a vessel filled with common wine. So…

FIND REFUGE IN JESUS’ MOST LOVING HEART…


FIND REFUGE IN JESUS’ MOST LOVING HEART… From noon onward, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. And about three o’clock Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Mt 27:45-46 “There is a false asceticism which…

JESUS FALLS THE FIRST TIME.


JESUS FALLS THE FIRST TIME. “The heavy Cross cuts and tears into Our Lord ‘s shoulders. The crowd has swollen into a multitude, and the legionaries can scarcely contain the angry, surging mob which, like a river that has burst its banks, flows through the streets and alleyways of Jerusalem. The worn out body of…

JESUS ANTE CAIFÁS (Seville). Best with sound.


JESUS ANTE CAIFÁS (Seville). Best with sound.   Watch how the “costaleros” or float-bearers of the Confraternity of San Gonzalo, reputed as the best in Seville, impressively carry the processional carriage… GOSPEL MEDITATION Caiaphas, the high priest said to him, “I order you to tell us under oath before the living God whether you are…

LET US LOVINGLY CONTEMPLATE OUR LORD’S PASSION.


LET US LOVINGLY CONTEMPLATE OUR LORD’S PASSION. “During this week which Christians traditionally call Holy Week, we are given another chance to reflect on and to relive the last hours of Jesus’ life (St. Josemaria).” Let us contemplate Jesus Christ in his immeasurable suffering and follow him along the difficult path he is now treading….