St. Joseph Church in Madison will present “Seven Last Words” for the fifth year at noon on Good Friday, April 7, at the church at 1225 Gallatin Road in Madison.
“Seven Last Words” is a dramatization and meditation on the thoughts of the seven women whom Jesus ministered to during his three years of public life, and who also went with spices to His tomb on Easter Sunday.
Seven women, who are parishioners of St. Joseph, will each give a meditation about one of the seven last words spoken by Jesus while on the cross.
The Seven Last Words are as follows: “Father, forgive them they know not what they do” (Luke 23:24); “This day you shall be with me in paradise” (Luke 23:43); “Woman, behold your son. Son, behold your mother” (John 19:26-27); “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46, Mark 15:34); “I thirst” (John 19:30); “It is finished.” (John 19:30); “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit” (Luke 23:46).
The women, as referred to in the various Gospels, are Mary of Magdala; Salome, mother of James and John, the sons of Zebedee; Mary and Martha of Bethany, sisters of Lazarus; Mary of Clophas, mother of Jesus’ cousins James and Joses; Joanna, wife of Chuza, the chief steward; and Mary, Mother of Jesus.
After each meditation, music will be provided by Jeff Hall, St. Joseph music director.
No reservations are needed to attend the free event.