Jesus was sitting at a table with his 12 Apostles. He did not appear to be the happy man that he usually was. Jesus broke a loaf of bread after blessing it and said, “This is my body, which will be given for you; do this in memory of me.” Then he held up a cup of wine and offered a prayer of thanksgiving and said, “Take this and share it among yourselves. This cup is the new covenant in my blood which will be shed for you.” Jesus passed the cup around, and each of his friends sipped from it.
Jesus became very serious and looked around the table at his Apostles. “And yet behold, the hand of one who is to betray me is with me on the table.” The men immediately began to protest against which one of them might do such a thing to Jesus.
Peter said, “Lord, I am prepared to go to prison and die with you.”
Jesus looked directly at him and said, “I tell you, Peter, before the cock crows this day, you will deny three times that you know me.” When the meal was finished Jesus went to the Mount of Olives to pray, as he often did at night, and his Apostles followed him. Before finding a quiet place away from his friends where he could be alone, Jesus said to them, “Pray that you may not undergo the test.”
When Jesus was alone, he knelt down and prayed. “Father, if you are willing, take this cup away from me; still not my will but yours be done.” The shouting of angry men broke the silence of the prayerful night and their torches flickered against their faces as the crowd came closer to Jesus. Judas, one of the disciples of Jesus, was with them. He greeted Jesus with a kiss. “Judas, you are betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?” Jesus asked.
Then the soldiers arrested Jesus and brought him before the high priest. After being questioned by the priest, Jesus was brought before Pilate, the Roman. Pilate did not find Jesus guilty of any crime, but the Jewish leaders insisted he be sentenced. Pilate conceded, and Jesus was whipped and forced to carry a cross to Golgotha, where he was crucified. Before he died, Jesus cried out, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”
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1. What did Jesus say about the bread he broke?
2. What was Jesus doing when he was arrested?
The hill on which Jesus was crucified was called Golgotha or Calvary. Calvary comes from calvaria, the Latin word for skull. The hill was so named because many criminals were executed there. The actual location has never been determined. Some references suggest it was outside of Jerusalem, while others describe it as being far away or high in elevation.
In the fourth century after the death of Christ, the site of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre was declared to be on Calvary. Archaeological evidence suggests this may not be accurate because it is within the ancient boundaries of Jerusalem. Another possibility, disregarded by most modern scholars, is a hill on the other side of Jerusalem which vaguely resembles the shape of a skull.
Lucy Filippini was born near Rome in 1672. She became an orphan when she was very young.
She demonstrated strong determination and religious conviction, which brought her to the attention of her bishop. He enrolled her in his school for training teachers.
Lucy was a model student, excelling in academics and possessing much common sense and good will for everyone she met and worked with. She was very popular and well-liked.
Pope Clement XI called her to Rome where she established a school and became its headmistress. Her students called her maestra santa, holy schoolmistress.
Lucy became ill and died in her 40s. We honor her on March 25.