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The Seven Last Words - Introduction

Friday, April 03, 2020

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

We are also launching this initiative on Hozana, an online community of prayer where you can receive and share a great variety of spiritual resources, Scripture readings and commentaries, meditations, novenas, prayer campaigns and much more.

Introduction, by Br Bede Mullens, O.P.


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

Crucifixion, Seen from the Cross, by James Tissot - Online Collection of Brooklyn Museum; Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 2008, 00.159.299_PS2.jpg, Public Domain.

Br Bede Mullens O.P.

Br Bede was born in Enfield and grew up in Essex. He read Literae Humaniores at St Hugh’s College in the University of Oxford. It was in Oxford that he first met the Dominicans, and he joined the Order in 2017 after completing his degree. The writings of Pope Benedict XVI/Joseph Ratzinger greatly influenced his development in the Faith. He retains a wide interest in literature; among religious authors, he particularly admires St Augustine and St John Henry Newman. | bede.mullens@english.op.org


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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