What Were the 7 Final Messages of Christ on the Cross?
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There is so much to think about and reflect on during Holy Week that it can be overwhelming to know where to begin. One meditation that I have found to help draw me deeper into contemplating the Passion is the tradition of studying the 7 Last Words of Christ. More than words, these are the last phrases that Christ spoke as He was dying on the Cross.
I was introduced to the power behind Jesus’ final messages to us a few years ago during Holy Week when I listened a teaching by Dr. Scott Hahn titled Seven Last Sayings of Christ. However, this is in no way a new tradition to the faith. Saints such as St. Alphonsus Liguori, St. Vincent de Paul, St. Robert Bellarmine, and many more have taken the time to write about and reflect on the deep meaning and power behind the words Christ left us with on Good Friday. If you are looking for a meaningful way to understand more of the story of the Passion, I suggest this as a starting place for your prayer time throughout this week.
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The 7 Last Sayings of Christ
1. Luke 23:34
2. Luke 23:43
3. John 19:26-27
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4. Matthew 27: 46
5. John 19: 28
6. John 19: 30
7. Luke 23:46
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Dr. Scott Powell is a teacher and Director of the Aquinas Institute for Catholic Thought, an outreach to the University of Colorado in Boulder. He is also an adjunct professor at Denver’s Augustine Institute and has spent the last decade teaching Theology and the Scriptures to groups of all ages. He and his wife Annie are the directors and founders of Camp Wojtyla, a Catholic adventure program for youth, based in the Colorado Rockies. Scott also co-hosts and produces the popular Catholic podcast, “The Word on the Hill with the Lanky Guys.” He holds a PhD in Catholic Studies from Maryvale Institute/Liverpool Hope University in England. Scott, his wife Annie, and two children, Lily Avila and Samuel Isaac, live near Boulder, Colorado.
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- Additional Material: During the days leading up to the conference, we will be sending you a series of spiritual resources (texts, videos, book extracts, etc.) that can help you to prepare for the conference.
- Recording: A few days after the conference, you will receive by email a link to a recorded version. This way you can go back to anything that you missed or would like to review. Also, if for some reason you weren’t able to make it to the live conference, no worries. You can watch it later when it’s most convenient for you.
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The conference time for each city
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Pacific Time Zone: 10:00 AM
Mountain Time Zone: 11:00 AM
Central Time Zone: 12:00 PM
Eastern Time Zone: 1:00 PM
Central European Time Zone: 7:00 PM
Philippine Time Zone: 1:00 AM
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