As any artist will tell you, there is no beauty without ash; but as any Christian will tell you, there’s no ash without beauty.
The man of sorrow beckons: yes, suffering and death are real and they hurt, but they are part of the human condition and Jesus himself chose to accept them.
Whether for the love of great music or as a devotional aid during this holiest of Christian weeks, listen to and watch this performance of the opening chorale.
Mark D. Roberts
"The kingdom of this world is become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ” not in the birth of Jesus, but in his death and resurrection.
Here are just a few bits of trivia about this famous painting ... see how many out of the ten you get right.
Music picks up the story when words fall short; music speaks the truth of a broken soul; music invites us to glimpse the sacred, even in the most secular and profane places imaginable.
Bach's "St. Matthew Passion" sets to music Matthew's account of the crucifixion of Christ.
1400 years past the trial, passion and death of Christ, Jeanne d'Arc endured a similar humiliation, and a silent, mysterious victory. The Passion of Joan of Arc is a Good Friday reinforcement of our complicity in His death.