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The Seven Last Words - 1. 'Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do'

Saturday, April 04, 2020

The Seven Last WordsFrom the Friday before Palm Sunday until Holy Saturday, the student brothers offer you a daily meditation on the Seven Last Words from the Cross, to accompany you and help you prepare for the mystery of Easter.

This Holy Week, the Dominican student brothers at Blackfriars Oxford invite you to meditate on the Seven Last Words. In this ancient devotion, the Church ponders Jesus’ last words as he hung from the Cross, finding in them a great source of spiritual nourishment and consolation.

From the Friday before Palm Sunday until Holy Saturday, we will upload a daily podcast meditation, to accompany you and help you prepare for the mystery of Easter.

1. "Father, forgive them for they know not what they do." (Lk 23:34), by Br Gabriel Theis, O.P.


Crucifixion, by Andrea Mantegna - Louvre from Predella San Zeno Altarpiece Verona.

The Crowning with Thorns, by Caravaggio.

Br Gabriel Theis O.P.

Born in a Catholic family in North Western Germany, Br Gabriel first encountered religious life in Jerusalem (Israel), where he spent a year as a volunteer after Secondary School. He went on to study Theology and Philosophy at the University of Vienna. There he also met the Dominicans for the first time. After three years of studies, he joined the Order in 2015 and made simple vows in March 2017. After finishing his theological studies in May 2019, he is now spending a year at Blackfriars Oxford to begin his doctorate. Outside theology, Br Gabriel is interested in classical music, cinema and the arts.


All the posts in the series:

  • 03.05.20 Friday of the 5th week of Lent - Introduction.
  • 04.05.20 Saturday of the 5th week of Lent - Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.
  • 05.05.20 Palm Sunday - Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.
  • 06.05.20 Monday of Holy Week -  Jesus said to his mother: "Woman, this is your son." Then he said to the disciple: "This is your mother".
  • 07.05.20 Tuesday of Holy Week - My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
  • 08.05.20 Wednesday of Holy Week - I thirst.
  • 09.05.20 Maundy Thursday - It is finished.
  • 10.05.20 Good Friday - Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.
  • 11.05.20 Holy Saturday - With a loud cry, Jesus breathed his last.


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