As Jesus hung on the cross, he uttered seven last phrases of great meaning to those contemplating his passion and death. The tradition of praying on these 7 last words began in the 17th century by a Jesuit priest in Peru. He developed a service of meditations for Good Friday based on the last words of Jesus, and the devotion spread around the world. Jesus’s last words, as recorded in the Gospels, became part of the church’s Lenten tradition. May books have been written on the Seven Last Words of Jesus as he hung on the Crucifix.
This year, several St. Andrew parishioners have been contemplating these Seven Last Words which are traditionally part of a Good Friday service. During Lent, each week their reflections on the Seven Last Words will be published on the Through the Open Doors Blog. Watch each week during Lent for personal reflections on the Seven Last Words.
The Seven Last Words
“Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.”
“Today you will be with me in Paradise.”
“Woman, this is your son” . . . “This is your mother.”
“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
“It is finished.”
“Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.”
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