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.
Anton Bruckner's setting of "Christus Factus Est" serves as the Gradual for today's feast.
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.
Here are just a few bits of trivia about this famous painting ... see how many out of the ten you get right.