Tonight we extinguished seven candles, one by one, as we read through Matthew’s account of what happened 2000 years ago. You could do the same at home, perhaps on Friday or Saturday evenings, so here are the readings, the shadows, and the artwork we reflected on tonight.
Matthew 26:36-46: The Shadow of Agony. The first candle is extinguished.
Praying at Gethsemane, He Qi
Matthew 26:47-56: The Shadow of Betrayal. The second candle is extinguished.
Judas kisses Jesus, Giotto di Bondone, Arena Chapel, Padua
Matthew 26:57-68: The Shadow of Accusation. The third candle is extinguished.
Jesus and Caiaphas, Matthias Stom
Matthew 26:69-75: The Shadow of Desertion. The fourth candle is extinguished.
Peter denies Jesus, Josep Maria Subirachs, la Sagrada Familia, Barcelona
Matthew 27:1-2; 11-26: The Shadow of Injustice. The fifth candle is extinguished.
Ecce Homo, Antonio Ciseri
Matthew 27:27-44: The Shadow of Mockery. The sixth candle is extinguished.
Jesus is Mocked, Edouard Manet
Matthew 27:45-54: The Shadow of Death. The seventh candle is extinguished.
Christ of St John of the Cross: Nuclear Mysticism, Salvador Dali
The Christ candle is hidden.
33 hammer blows on the cross, once for every year of Jesus’ life.
The Christ candle is revealed.
Isaiah 53: Song of the Suffering Servant