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Lenten/Easter Season
Celebrated 5 March (Ash Wednesday) 
through 8 June 2014 (Feast of Pentecost)

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The Passion of Christ - by DUCCIO di Buoninsegna - from Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Siena

 

Days to Lent 2014

 

Rome has Spoken

Critics of the Mel Gibson movie, "The Passion of the Christ," are confounded. That's because the Pope has seen the film and has extended his blessings.
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It is as it was," Pope John Paul II said.

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Passion - by Mel Gibson

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"See what it is to love"

 

Notãre Bene: These Web Pages for the Lenten/Easter Season have many full-size museum paintings which dramatically compliment the Scripture readings and homily. The artists (El Greco, Michelangelo, Rubens, Rembrandt, Raphael, et al) who drew them, spent many months doing so, using their God-given talents. It is hoped that you will have the patience to wait for them to download, and will spend time in contemplating their beauty and spiritual message. Once downloaded from the Web for the first time, these pictures will be loaded on to your screen from your hard disk and will be displayed much faster, for all subsequent viewing. The El Greco below and the Duccio above are examples of the fine art collected for these pages.

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Christ Carrying the Cross - by El GRECO - from Museo del Prado, Madrid

 

Several artists are particularly noted for their contributions to the Lenten/Easter Season. One of these is the Dutch Master, Rembrandt. Another is the Italian Master, Michelangelo Caravaggio who inflenced Mel Gibson in his filming of the Passion. Web Pages containing their paintings of this period of Jesus' life can be accessed below. Fourteen (14) El Greco masterpieces and other Renaissance Art are also available.

 

 

 

 

 

 

From the Catholic Catechism

Christian Art was used for centuries as a teaching tool, even as a catechism. The artist can help us to see something in a new way, or to feel the emotion of an event centuries before. We can use the image as a visual template to enter a scene in our imagination and thus experience the great events of our salvation.

CCC-2502 Sacred art is true and beautiful when its form corresponds to its particular vocation: evoking and glorifying, in faith and adoration, the transcendent mystery of God - the surpassing invisible beauty of truth and love visible in Christ, who "reflects the glory of God and bears the very stamp of his nature," in whom "the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily." This spiritual beauty of God is reflected in the most holy Virgin Mother of God, the angels, and saints. Genuine sacred art draws man to adoration, to prayer, and to the love of God, Creator and Savior, the Holy One and Sanctifier.

 

 

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bullet.gif (1577 bytes) Lenten Spirit

bullet.gif (1577 bytes) Lenten Homilies

bullet.gif (1577 bytes) Historical Perspective

bullet.gif (1577 bytes) The Destruction of Jerusalem by Titus in 70 A.D.

bullet.gif (1577 bytes) The Rending of the Veil in the Temple on Good Friday - by Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen

bullet.gif (1577 bytes) A Lenten Message from Pope John Paul II

bullet.gif (1577 bytes) Who is Jesus Christ?

bullet.gif (1577 bytes) Daily Reflections and Readings for Lent

bullet.gif (1577 bytes) Remember and Move On

bullet.gif (1577 bytes) Everything You Wanted to Know about Lent

bullet.gif (1577 bytes) Physiologus

bullet.gif (1577 bytes) On the Dolors of Mary - by Saint Alphonsus Ligouri

bullet.gif (1577 bytes) Passion, Death and Resurrection according to Saint Thomas Aquinas

bullet.gif (1577 bytes) The Passion and Death of Jesus Christ - by Saint Alphonsus Marie de Liguori

bullet.gif (1577 bytes) Meditations for Holy Week - by Saint Alphonsus Marie de Liguori

bullet.gif (1577 bytes) The Seven Blood-Sheddings of Jesus - by Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen

bullet.gif (1577 bytes) Rhythmical Prayer to the Sacred Members of Jesus Hanging on the Cross -
by Saint Bernard

 

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bullet.gif (1577 bytes) Ash Wednesday

bullet.gif (1577 bytes) The Temptation of Jesus

bullet.gif (1577 bytes) The Transfiguration

bullet.gif (1577 bytes) Milton's Paradise Regained. An Epic of Christ's Temptation in the Desert

bullet.gif (1577 bytes) Parable of the Fig Tree

bullet.gif (1577 bytes) Abraham's Journey

bullet.gif (1577 bytes) Sacrifice of Isaac

bullet.gif (1577 bytes) The Samaritan Woman

bullet.gif (1577 bytes) Cleansing of the Temple

bullet.gif (1577 bytes) The Man Born Blind

bullet.gif (1577 bytes) Moses and the Serpent

bullet.gif (1577 bytes) The Prodigal Son

bullet.gif (1577 bytes) The Raising of Lazarus

bullet.gif (1577 bytes) Jesus and the Greeks

bullet.gif (1577 bytes) Jesus & the Adulteress

bullet.gif (1577 bytes) Holy Week

bullet.gif (1577 bytes) Entry into Jerusalem

bullet.gif (1577 bytes) The Anointing of Jesus

bullet.gif (1577 bytes) The Betrayal of Jesus

bullet.gif (1577 bytes) Jesus' Work in Galilee

bullet.gif (1577 bytes) The Last Supper

bullet.gif (1577 bytes) Sacrifice of the Mass

bullet.gif (1577 bytes) The Agony in the Garden

bullet.gif (1577 bytes) The Passion of Jesus

bullet.gif (1577 bytes) The Arrest of Jesus

bullet.gif (1577 bytes) The Denial of Peter

bullet.gif (1577 bytes) Jesus Before Caiaphas

bullet.gif (1577 bytes) Jesus Before Pilate

bullet.gif (1577 bytes) The Crucifixion

bullet.gif (1577 bytes) Fifteen Tortures of Jesus

bullet.gif (1577 bytes) Limbus Patrum

bullet.gif (1577 bytes) Reflections

bullet.gif (1577 bytes) Saint Veronica

bullet.gif (1577 bytes) Simon of Cyrene

bullet.gif (1577 bytes) Saint John at the Cross

bullet.gif (1577 bytes) Mary Magdalene

bullet.gif (1577 bytes) Joseph and Nicodemus

bullet.gif (1577 bytes) The Holy Shroud

bullet.gif (1577 bytes) History of the Cross

bullet.gif (1577 bytes) The Sufferings and Death of Jesus

bullet.gif (1577 bytes) Indifference to the Sufferings and Death of Jesus

bullet.gif (1577 bytes) Jesus takes leave of His mother

bullet.gif (1577 bytes) Holy Thursday Message

bullet.gif (1577 bytes) Good Friday Message

bullet.gif (1577 bytes) The Sacred Wound of Our Lord's Shoulder

bullet.gif (1577 bytes) The Five Wounds of Jesus

bullet.gif (1577 bytes) Satan, his disguises, his temptations and how to recognize them

bullet.gif (1577 bytes) Suffering

bullet.gif (1577 bytes) Depression

bullet.gif (1577 bytes) Jesus' Last Words from the Cross

bullet.gif (1577 bytes) Lent: A Time of Reconciliation

bullet.gif (1577 bytes) Lent is for Listening

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bullet.gif (1577 bytes) Is Lent Dead?

bullet.gif (1577 bytes) Lenten Advice on Satan

bullet.gif (1577 bytes) Thoughts on the Hypostatic Union during the Triduum of Christ's Death

 

 

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Christ at the Column - by ANTONELLO da Messina, from Musée du Louvre, Paris

Note Bene: For those interested in such things, the bloody sweat depicted in the painting above by Antonello da Messina, is a well documented medical occurrence called 'Hematidrosis'. Under great emotional stress, tiny capillaries in the sweat glands can break, thus causing bloody sweat.

 

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The forty days of Lent recall a number of events. The forty days of Noah in the Ark; the forty years of the Israelites in the desert; the forty years from the death of Jesus to the destruction of Jerusalem; the forty days from Jesus' Resurrection to His Ascension into Heaven; and above all, the forty days of Jesus in the wilderness. All of these were times of preparation. In the case of Noah, preparation for the renewed covenant; for the Israelites, preparation for their entry into the promised land; for Jerusalem, time to repent for their Deicide; for Jesus, preparation of the apostles to receive the Holy Spirit; and again for Jesus, preparation for the start of His ministry.

 

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Easter Sunday is the date of the annual celebration of Christ's Resurrection from the Tomb, and is defined as the "Sunday following the Paschal Full Moon (PFM)". The aim of the Easter dating method is to maintain for each Easter Sunday, the same season of the year and the same relationship to the preceding astronomical full moon that occurred at the time of His actual resurrection in 30 A.D.


Watch the countdown to Easter 2014.
The Lunar Tracker above will show the Pascal Full Moon
occurring at 07:42 on Tuesday, 15 April 2014.
Easter is the First Sunday after the PFM, 20 April 2014.

 

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What's all this about forty days? Lent is from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday and that makes forty-six days. The answer is that we do not count Sundays in the forty days of lent. You can enjoy the Sunday as the Lord's day to celebrate. Why not treat yourself to something as an encouragement to get on with Lent on Monday?

It was quite early in the history of the Church that the preparation for Easter took the form of forty days of special prayer and penance. The number forty was in imitation of Christ who spent forty days in the desert. The Christians in the Eastern tradition needed seven weeks to complete their forty days because they excluded Saturday as well as Sunday from their days of penance. The Western tradition excluded Sunday only so six weeks provided thirty six days, nearly enough. Still four days more were needed to make up the forty. The solution was to start Lent three days before the first Sunday. They did this in the Seventh century and so today we have Ash Wednesday, forty days (and six Sundays) before Easter.

 

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compass.gif (56962 bytes)All pages of this Lenten Web Site can be accessed individually from the multi-colored matrices located at the top of this Lenten/Easter Homepage.  Some pages are stand-alone, i.e. they do not rely on previous pages in order to portray their religious message. Other pages, such as the five(5) pages that constitute the Passion of Jesus, as best viewed sequentially in order to more clearly understand the gospel message. When sequential viewing is intended, a link to the next page will be provided at the bottom of the current page. All pages will also contain a link back to a homepage.

 

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