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Christ's Death Is The Christian Life

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Christ's Death Is The Christian Life

By St. Josemaría Escrivá A Homily given on April 15, 1960 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. All the things brought to our mind by the different expressions of piety which characterize these days are of course directed to the Resurrection, which is, as Saint Paul says, the basis of our faith. 1 But we should not tread this path too hastily, lest we lose sight of a very simple fact which we might easily overlook. We will not be able...

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Raised From The Dead - ICWG

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Raised From The Dead - ICWG

By Francis Fernandez ICWG Easter Sunday The Resurrection of Our Lord, the basis of our faith. Jesus Christ lives: hence the great joy of all Christians. The Lord is truly risen, alleluia. To him be glory and power for all the ages of eternity, alleluia, alleluia. [1568] ‘When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalen and Mary, the mother of James, and Salome brought spices with which to go and anoint the dead body of Jesus.’ Very early on the following day, just as the sun is rising, they come to the tomb (Mark 16:1-2). And on entering it they are...

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The Sepulchre of Jesus' Body - ICWG

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The Sepulchre of Jesus' Body - ICWG

By Francis Fernandez ICWG Holy Week – Holy Saturday Signs following the death of Our Lord. After three hours of agony Jesus died. The evangelists narrate that the sky was darkened while Our Lord was still hanging on the Cross. And extraordinary events occurred, for it was the Son of God who was to die. The curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom, [1548] signifying that the death of Christ had caused the cult of the old covenant to lapse. [1549] Now the pleasing cult offered to God would be through the Humanity of Christ,...

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Jesus Dies On The Cross

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Jesus Dies On The Cross

By Francis Fernandez ICWG S Holy Week – Good Friday Jesus asks pardon for those who ill-treat him. Jesus is nailed to the Cross. And the liturgy sings: Sweet nails, sweet tree where life begins. [1534] The whole of Jesus’ life is directed towards this supreme moment. He has barely managed, gasping and exhausted, to get to the top of that hillock called ‘the place of skulls’. The executioners stretch him out on the ground and begin nailing him to the wood. They place the nails first into his palms, piercing his torn flesh. Then he is hoisted up until...

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The Lord's Last Supper

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The Lord's Last Supper

By Francis Fernandez ICWG Holy Week – Holy Thursday Jesus celebrated the Last Supper with his Apostles. Holy Thursday brings to mind the Lord’s Last Supper with the Apostles. As in previous years, Jesus celebrates the Passover with his own disciples. But this time the celebration would have singular characteristics, as it was to be the last Passover of the Lord before his transit to the Father and because of the events which were to take place immediately following it. Every minute of this Last Supper reflects both the Majesty of Jesus, who knows He is to die the following...

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