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GOOD FRIDAY: The Passion of Jesus – His Trial and Death

Posted by FactReal on April 22, 2011

FRIDAY OF HOLY WEEK
(Viernes Santo in Spanish)
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THE PASSION OF JESUS: THE TRIAL
Jesus was tried first before an ecclesiastical and then before a civil tribunal.

Before ecclesiastical court:
The ecclesiastical trial includes Christ’s appearance before Annas, before Caiphas, and again before Caiphas, who appears to have acted in each case as head of the Sanhedrin. The Jewish court found Jesus guilty of blasphemy, and condemned Him to death, though its proceedings were illegal from more than one point of view. During the trial took place Peter’s triple denial of Jesus; Jesus is insulted and mocked, especially between the second and third session; and after His final condemnation Judas despaired and met his tragic death.

Before the civil court:
The civil trial, too, comprised three sessions, the first before Pilate, the second before Herod, the third again before Pilate.

Jesus is not charged with blasphemy before the court of Pilate, but with stirring up the people, forbidding to give tribute to Caesar, and claiming to be Christ the king. Pilate ignores the first two charges; the third he finds harmless when he sees that Jesus does not claim royalty in the Roman sense of the word.

But in order not to incur the odium of the Jewish leaders, the Roman governor sends his prisoner to Herod. As Jesus did not humour the curiosity of Herod, He was mocked and set at naught by the Tetrarch of Galilee and his court, and sent back to Pilate.

The Roman procurator declares the prisoner innocent for the second time, but, instead of setting Him free, gives the people the alternative to choose either Jesus or Barabbas for their paschal freedman. Pilate pronounced Jesus innocent for the third time with the more solemn ceremony of washing his hands; he had recourse to a third scheme of ridding himself of the burden of pronouncing an unjust sentence against his prisoner. He had the prisoner scourged, thus annihilating, as far as human means could do so, any hope that Jesus could ever attain to the royal dignity. But even this device miscarried, and Pilate allowed his political ambition to prevail over his sense of evident justice; he condemned Jesus to be crucified.

THE PASSION OF JESUS: HIS DEATH
Jesus carried His Cross to the place of execution. Simon of Cyrene is forced to assist Him in bearing the heavy burden. On the way Jesus addresses his last words to the weeping women who sympathized with His suffering. He is nailed to the Cross, his garments are divided, and an inscription is placed over His head. While His enemies mock Him, He pronounces the well-known “Seven Words”. Of the two robbers crucified with Jesus, one was converted, and the other died impenitent. The sun was darkened, and Jesus surrendered His soul into the hands of His Father. The veil of the Temple was rent into two, the earth quaked, the rocks were riven, and many bodies of the saints that had slept arose and appeared to many. The Roman centurion testified that Jesus was indeed the Son of God. The Heart of Jesus was pierced so as to make sure of His death. The Sacred Body was taken from the Cross by Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus, and was buried in the new sepulchre of Joseph, and the Sabbath drew near.

WAY OF THE CROSS 2011
(Via Crucis: Italian | Español)
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FIRST STATION
Jesus is condemned to death

 

SECOND STATION
Jesus takes up his cross

 

THIRD STATION
Jesus falls the first time

 

FOURTH STATION
Jesus meets his Mother

 

FIFTH STATION
Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus carry his cross

 

SIXTH STATION
Veronica wipes the face of Jesus

 

SEVENTH STATION
Jesus falls the second time

 

EIGHTH STATION
Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem, who weep for him

 

NINTH STATION
Jesus falls the third time

 

TENTH STATION
Jesus is stripped of his garments

 

ELEVENTH STATION
Jesus is nailed to the cross

 

TWELFTH STATION
Jesus dies on the cross

 

THIRTEENTH STATION
Jesus is taken down from the cross and given to his Mother

 

FOURTEENTH STATION
Jesus is placed in the tomb

MORE
Readings for today
TBN: Passion of Christ on TV: Mel Gibson’s “The Passion Of The Christ” follows the last twelve hours of Jesus’s life from his emotional turmoil in the Garden of Gethsemane until his final moments of the crucifixion.
Vatican’s Holy Week 2011 (Semana Santa)
Vatican’s calendar

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