On The Cross

In Jesus' time crucifixion was the normal way in which the Romans imposed the death sentence. Jesus was crucified between two criminals, and the Gospels recall that his death took about three hours - much faster than usual. At the point of Jesus' death the curtain in the Temple in Jerusalem was torn in two and an earthquake shook the ground.

10th-century crucifix from Denmark, made of gilded carved oak

Rosary medal showing Jesus carrying his cross

13th-century Syriac manuscript THE LAST SUPPER 77 f

At the time of Jesus' arrest it was

Passover - the festival that celebrates the freeing of the Jews from slavery and looks forward to the coming of the Messiah. Jesus told his disciples to arrange a Passover meal. He said that this would be the last meal he would share with them and that one of them would soon betray him.

The Kiss of Judas by Giotto di Bondone

The Kiss of Judas by Giotto di Bondone

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