The Seven Last Words of Our Lord

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St. Mary’s was blest to have Deacon Kurt Lucas give meditations on the Seven Last Words this past Good Friday.  This recording is about 37 minutes long, and well worth setting aside some time to listen to.  This program has been edited, the music has been removed and replaced with periods of silence.

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Introduction – Deacon Kurt Lucas

The First Word:  The Word of Forgiveness for the Impenitent
“Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.” – Luke 23:24

The Second Word:  The Word of Salvation for the Repentant
“Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”

The Third Word:  The Word of Relationship for the Fervent
“Woman, behold, your son! … Behold, your mother!”

The Fourth Word:  The Word of Spiritual Suffering
“My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” – Matthew 25:46

The Fifth Word:  The Word of Physical Suffering
“I thirst.” – John 19:28

The Sixth Word:  The Word of Triumph
“It is finished.” – John 19:20

The Seventh Word:  The Word of Reunion
“Father, into thy hands I commit my spirit!” – Luke 23:46