It was about nine in the morning when they nailed Jesus to the cross.
From noon until three o’clock there was darkness over the whole world.
At three o’clock, Jesus cried out in a loud voice: My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
It is finished.
When we were His enemies, God reconciled us to Himself by the death of His Son.
Realize that you were delivered from the futile way of life your fathers handed on to you, not by any diminishable sum of silver or gold, but by Christ’s blood beyond all price: the blood of a spotless, unblemished lamb chosen before the world’s foundation and revealed for your sake in these last days. It is through Him that you are believers in God, the God who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory. Your faith and hope, then, are centered in God. (1 Peter 1: 18-21)
“Awake, O Sleeper, and rise from the dead, and Christ will give you light.”
Copyright © 2012 Deacon Paul O. Iacono All Rights Reserved
The painting, Christ’s Crucifixion, is by the Spanish master Diego Velazquez (1599 – 1660); it was completed between 1631 – 32. All the Scriptural quotations are taken from The New American Bible (1970) Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Washington, D.C. The “Awake, O sleeper…” verse is taken from an ancient homily from the first centuries of the Church.