The Crucifixion

crucifix(Above the Altar.)

1. Notice the artist chose to have the crucifixion happen close to the earth, not elevated.  Why do you think this perspective is important to the artist? And you? Why is it important to visualize the crucifixion of our Lord in liturgical art?  What does the crucifixion of our Lord mean to you?  What does the gaze of Jesus on the cross say to you?  

2.  The artist depicts Mary along with Mary Magdalene and St. John present at the crucifixion.  In Jewish law, there is the need of two or three witnesses for any legal matter and these three people are witnesses to the fact that Jesus did indeed die on the cross.  Why is it important that the death of Jesus on the cross be witnessed as a real event?  What does it mean to you that Jesus did actually die on the cross?  What does it mean that Jesus died on the cross for you?  What does Jesus prove to you by dying on the cross?

3. Notice the posture of the Blessed Mother and the position of her hands.  Why did the artist portray her in this way?  What does her hands represent to you?  How can you imitate the sentiment of our Blessed Mother before Jesus... at Mass, at home, in your heart, in the world?  

4. Notice the posture of St. John and the position of his hands. Why did the artist portray him in this way?  What does his hands represent to you?  How can you imitate the sentiment of St. John before Jesus... at Mass, at home, in your heart, in the world?     

5. Notice Mary Magdalene kneeling in prayer at the foot of the cross. Why did the artist portray her this way? Notice she casts her eyes down in sadness and grief and in the midst of distress she unites her suffering to Christ's. What does that mean for you in your life to place your anger, loss, deep sorrow and fear at the foot of the cross? How can you learn to link your sufferings with those of Christ's? Why does Jesus desire that you unite your sufferings to His for the salvation of the world?  How do you do this? At Mass? At Home? At Work/School?

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Week Day Masses:    
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Saturday: 8:30 am
Saturday Evening: 4:30 pm (fulfills Sunday obligation) - Church
Sunday:
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10:00 am Beach Chapel
Holy Days: 
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