This weekend we move into Holy Week, the most sacred part of the Liturgical year. Though we've been preparing for Christ's death and resurrection all through Lent, our preparation becomes even more focused during this short time. There's so much that goes on during Holy Week, we thought a guide to the special traditions and liturgies would be useful.
The second word is from Luke 23:43: Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise.
The third word is from John 19:26–27: Woman, behold your son. Son, behold your mother.
This is all about Mary to me. I find Mary so powerful and impactful in such a quiet and elegant way. At the Feast of Cana, she tells Jesus to perform His first miracle. She exhibits a strength and finesse that are commendable.
The fourth word is from Matthew 27:46 & Mark 15:34: My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
The fifth word is from John 19:28: I thirst.
The sixth word is from John 19:30: It is finished.
The seventh word is from Luke 23:46: Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.
Again, Jesus is talking directly to His Father. His use of the word “Father” is reminiscent of my reflection on the first word, so if you forgot what I said, just reread the first word.