So they took Jesus; 17and carrying the cross by himself, he went out to what is called The Place of the Skull, which in Hebrew is called
18There they crucified him, and with him two others, one on either side, with
Jesus between them. 19Pilate also had an inscription written and put on the
cross. It read, ‘Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.’ 20Many of the Jews
read this inscription, because the place where Jesus was crucified was near the
city; and it was written in Hebrew, in Latin, and in Greek. 21Then the chief
priests of the Jews said to Pilate, ‘Do not write, “The King of the Jews”, but,
“This man said, I am King of the Jews.” ’ 22Pilate answered, ‘What I have
written I have written.’ 23When the soldiers had crucified Jesus, they took his
clothes and divided them into four parts, one for each soldier. They also took
his tunic; now the tunic was seamless, woven in one piece from the top. 24So
they said to one another, ‘Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it to see who
will get it.’ This was to fulfil what the scripture says,
‘They divided my clothes among themselves,
and for my clothing they cast lots.’
25And that is what the soldiers did.
Meanwhile, standing near the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing beside her, he said to his mother, ‘Woman, here is your son.’ 27Then he said to the disciple, ‘Here is your mother.’ And from that hour the disciple took her into his own home.
Reading 2 – Father, forgive
Then Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.’]
One of the criminals who were hanged there kept deriding him and saying, ‘Are you not the Messiah? Save yourself and us!’ 40But the other rebuked him, saying, ‘Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? 41And we indeed have been condemned justly, for we are getting what we deserve for our deeds, but this man has done nothing wrong.’ 42Then he said, ‘Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.’ 43He replied, ‘Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in
28 After this, when Jesus knew that all was now finished, he said (in order to fulfil the scripture), ‘I am thirsty.’ 29A jar full of sour wine was standing there. So they put a sponge full of the wine on a branch of hyssop and held it to his mouth.
Reading 5 – Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani
45 From noon on, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. 46And about three o’clock Jesus cried with a loud voice, ‘Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?’ that is, ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’ 47When some of the bystanders heard it, they said, ‘This man is calling for Elijah.’ 48At once one of them ran and got a sponge, filled it with sour wine, put it on a stick, and gave it to him to drink. 49But the others said, ‘Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to save him.’
Reading 6: Father, into your hands I commend my spirit
46Then Jesus, crying with a loud voice, said, ‘Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.’
Reading 7 – It is finished
he said, ‘It is finished.’ Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
We think of the women at the foot of the cross - and know that Christ's salvation is for them and for all
We think of the men at the foot of the cross - and know that Christ's salvation is for them and for all
We think of the nations at the foot of the cross - and know that Christ's salvation is for them and for all