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The Death of Jesus

The Death of Jesus

At the moment of Christís death, the artist has chosen to focus our attention upon the grief of those he has left behind. This is appropriate, because it is in the time between this moment and the resurrection that their world seemed empty of his presence.

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illustration for 'The Life of Christ', c.1884-96 (w/c & gouache on paperboard), Tissot, James Jacques Joseph (1836-1902) Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York, USA / The Bridgeman Art Library

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Friday ~3pm

Matthew 27:45-55

45From the sixth hour until the ninth hour darkness came over all the land. 46About the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, "Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?" - which means, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?"

47When some of those standing there heard this, they said, "He's calling Elijah."

48Immediately one of them ran and got a sponge. He filled it with wine vinegar, put it on a stick, and offered it to Jesus to drink. 49The rest said, "Now leave him alone. Let's see if Elijah comes to save him."

50And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit.

55Many women were there, watching from a distance. They had followed Jesus from Galilee to care for his needs. 56Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Joses, and the mother of Zebedee's sons.