Good Friday 2021

Ecce Homo.

Jesus came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. Pilate said to them: “Behold the man”. Ecce homo.

Do you want to know who you are -who we are-? Look at this man; behold this man.

I agree. There is a great temptation to recoil, to turn aside and to look elsewhere. If there is one man I do not want to look at, it is precisely this one.

Why should we behold this man?

If he is a man – and only a man –, what is the point of us looking at him?

If He is the Son of the Most High, if He is the Messiah, if He is Christ, our Lord and our God, how can we behold him without feeling guilt and shame?

Jesus, what did I do to you?

What did we do to you that you are now coming to us having no form or comeliness that we should look at [you], and no beauty that we should desire [you], despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, one from whom men hide their faces?

But is it not written: They shall look on him whom they have pierced? We have no choice. Behold the man: look at Him and find salvation in Him who is looking at you with merciful love!

Ecce Rex Vester.

It was the day of Preparation of the Passover; it was about the sixth hour. [Pilate] said to the Jews: “Behold, your king.” Ecce Rex vester.

If you want to know who can be your guide, your leader, your master and your king, look at this king, behold your king.

Certainly, He is the king of these Jews who do not recognise Him and of these Romans who crucify Him, and indeed of all us who condemn Him. His Kingship, though, is not of this world. He was born, he came into the world to bear witness to the truth. Every one who is of the truth hears [his] voice.

He is surrounded by traitors, false witnesses, unjust judges, unscrupulous officials. He seems immersed in a world of fake news, lying reports, false certitudes, partial truths, biased statements. He alone speaks the truth. He does not defend it; it is enough for him to declare it. Truth speaks for itself. Truth speaks to the human conscience. Truth awakens in our minds and our hearts the power of a voice we cannot honestly resist. Every one who is of the truth hears Christ’s voice, the powerful and quiet music of truth in our conscience. Once more, we have no other choice than to obey this voice, and to submit to our king, the man who speaks the truth.

Ecce mater tua.

When Jesus saw his mother, and the disciple whom he loved standing near, he said to his mother: ‘Behold your son’. Then he said to the disciple: ‘Behold your mother.’ Ecce mater tua.

Behold the man and the king; behold his mother who is now yours

Mother is her name, which will not be taken from her. She is mother of the living; mother of Christ who is the resurrection and the life; she is indeed the Theotokos, the Mother of God.

Listen to the word of Truth telling you that you are her son, her daughter, and that she is your mother.

The same Cross which shows the Man and the King, manifests also Mary and all her children.

Behold, the Church: the family of the children of God, with Mary in their midst, and Christ as their King.

Ecce lignum crucis.

Behold, the wood of the Cross, come, let us adore it.

Behold the Cross of Christ. Here is the true man, our King, and close to him, here is his mother who becomes ours, and here is the Church and all the children of God.

Behold, the wood of the Cross. It stands in the centre of the world as an image of death and a promise of life.

Behold: here lies your salvation.

Look, and believe.

Look, and be saved in hope.

Look, and give life for life, love for love.

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Welcome to the Abbey of Our Lady of Quarr, a monastery on the Isle of Wight, just off the south coast of England. It is home to a small group of Benedictine monks who strive to dedicate their lives to the glory of God, and whose day is characterised by prayer, work and community life.

Quarr Abbey is situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty. Visitors are welcome to attend worship in the Abbey Church. You can visit our gardens, take refreshment in our Tea Shop and find out about the monastery in our Visitor Centre. The Farm Shop offers home grown produce and the Monastery Shop religious articles, books and souvenirs. There is a new exhibition of the work of local artists every week in the gallery.

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