Seven Words of Christ

Spoken from the Cross.

  • The first word, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do” (Luke 23), was spoken after they nailed Him to the cross.
  • The second was addressed to the penitent thief, “Amen, I say to thee, this day thou shalt be with me in Paradise” (Luke 23).
  • “Woman, behold thy son. Behold thy Mother,” the third word (John 19), He addressed to the Blessed Virgin and Saint John.
  • Overcome by an agony of loneliness, He cried out the fourth word, “My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me”” (Matthew 27).
  • Parched with thirst, He spoke His fifth word, “I thirst” (John 19), whereupon a soldier handed him a sponge soaked in vinegar.
  • The sixth word, “It is consummated” (John 19), He uttered when every prophecy which had been foretold of Him had been fulfilled.
  • “Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit” (Luke 23), was His seventh and last word.
  • The devotion of the Three Hours, observed from midday on Good Friday, commemorates these words of Christ. Joseph Haydn and Theodore Dubois have interpreted them in oratorio form.

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