E.J.Wilkins

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photoblog image Convent of Christ and Templar stronghold, Tomar

Convent of Christ and Templar stronghold, Tomar


Christ Crucified, Good Friday.

This is the statue of Christ crucified in the Charola at the Convent of Christ, Tomar.

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In the Christian calendar Good Friday is the last Friday of Lent, in Holy Week.

At the beginning of the week, on Palm Sunday, we remember Jesus' triumphal procession into Jerusalem, when people laid palms on the road before him.

Maundy or Passion Thursday marks the Last Supper, which is the same day as The Feast of the Passover in the Jewish calendar. Following the meal Jesus washed the feet of the Apostles then broke bread, offering it to them and saying, "Eat this, for this is my body". He then gave them wine, and said, "Drink this, for this is my blood." He instructed the disciples to, "Do this in remembrance of me."

Later, in the Garden of Gethsemane, Judas Iscariot betrayed Jesus to Roman soldiers and was paid twenty pieces of silver. Following his arrest, Jesus' was tried and condemned to death by Pontius Pilate. He was taken to the hill of Golgotha, where was nailed to a cross and died among thieves.

Luke's Gospel tells us that Jesus' last words were, "Father, into your hands I commend my spirit"

Jesus' body was laid in a tomb offered by Joseph of Arimathea, sealed closed by a boulder.
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Convent of Christ and Templar stronghold, Tomar


Christ Crucified, Good Friday.

This is the statue of Christ crucified in the Charola at the Convent of Christ, Tomar.

.....

In the Christian calendar Good Friday is the last Friday of Lent, in Holy Week.

At the beginning of the week, on Palm Sunday, we remember Jesus' triumphal procession into Jerusalem, when people laid palms on the road before him.

Maundy or Passion Thursday marks the Last Supper, which is the same day as The Feast of the Passover in the Jewish calendar. Following the meal Jesus washed the feet of the Apostles then broke bread, offering it to them and saying, "Eat this, for this is my body". He then gave them wine, and said, "Drink this, for this is my blood." He instructed the disciples to, "Do this in remembrance of me."

Later, in the Garden of Gethsemane, Judas Iscariot betrayed Jesus to Roman soldiers and was paid twenty pieces of silver. Following his arrest, Jesus' was tried and condemned to death by Pontius Pilate. He was taken to the hill of Golgotha, where was nailed to a cross and died among thieves.

Luke's Gospel tells us that Jesus' last words were, "Father, into your hands I commend my spirit"

Jesus' body was laid in a tomb offered by Joseph of Arimathea, sealed closed by a boulder.
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comments (17)

  • ray
  • Thailand
  • 21 Mar 2008, 01:43
Astonishing! In this very ornate setting, the stand-out feature for me is the dirty knees of the jesus icon.
I like your soaring composition, here, Eleanor.
EJWilkins: The whole gloriously decorated church, and the massive Convent complex is centred on this one person - a partially clothed, dirty-kneed man who is dying on a cross. Quite humbling really.

I thought this was what this picture showed, so I saved it for today.
  • Astrid
  • The Netherlands...
  • 21 Mar 2008, 07:10
This is impressive, this must have been a great sight to be able to be there, for me those craftsmen were very talented to make statues and decorations like this, love the gold and colors.
EJWilkins: The Convent of Christ is awe-inspiring, no other words work, but it's also very peaceful and calming too. The Charola is a true masterpiece, with Christ in the very centre. I hope, one day, you will see it for yourself.
Very imressive capture Ellie. I love the patterns and the colours!
EJWilkins: So did I Richard, it's a place full of wonder.
  • vintage
  • australia
  • 21 Mar 2008, 09:58
Great capture of history and colour
EJWilkins: Thanks. smile
  • Aussie
  • Brisbane
  • 21 Mar 2008, 10:41
Magnificent capture Ellie.
EJWilkins: Thanks smile
I've never been in a church this ornate. Beautiful and such a fitting photo for today!
EJWilkins: It's ornate, it's old and it's beautiful, it's awe-inspiring and makes you think too, not only about Christ and Christianity but also about the people who took so many, many hours/days/years to make things so lovely that would last centuries - for me to share.
  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 21 Mar 2008, 11:27
The "high" churches have given us the splendor of these historical roots for us, Ellie. I never saw this growing up in my conservative, protestant up-bringing! Thanks for the reminder.
EJWilkins: I didn't either Ginnie, and some of the ornament in some churches I find is a bit too much, but this place, The Convent of Christ, isn't like that. The church is the central to the whole complex of buildings and it somehow fits perfectly as it is - awe-inspiring, because the rest is beautiful, but really quite plain. The glory is for the place of worship. Nobody speaks out loud in there, all in whispers. I hope you can go there one day.
Whew - what an image Ellie
EJWilkins: It's quite a place. This picture I saved for today, it was special from the moment I first saw it on my screen.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 21 Mar 2008, 12:46
The dirty knees that ray points out reminds me how intrigued I can get by such art work. How the sculptor in this case must know the detail of the history that is portrayed.

When Jesus was given the cross to bear, he went to his knees (hence the dirt) after which Joseph helped Him to carry the cross up the hill.

Such attention to detail. Great blog. Glad you are back from wherever you were.
EJWilkins: Not really been anywhere, just a bit busy.
I saved this picture for today, it seemed so perfect. The detail put into the carving/sculpture - I don't know which it is, is awe-inspiring, which is just about right.
Excellent shot. Great angle and composition. Very appropriate image, nice job.
EJWilkins: Thank you John, I appreciate your comment.
The theme is the same as my posting today Ellie but completely different and I love it. What wonderful craftmanship to produce this and what competance you have shown in photographing it for us to look at. Thankyou.
EJWilkins: Yes, it is isn't it. I'm surprised there are so few.
Thank you for your generous comment smile
  • Catalpa
  • Newcastle
  • 21 Mar 2008, 22:03
A very beautiful and powerful image for Easter Ellie.
EJWilkins: Thanks, I thought it was, I'm quite relieved other people think the same
Truly a marvelous picture--and a fine commentary. Bless you!
EJWilkins: Thank you Larry smile
It's funny how Christmas is such a much larger celebration than Easter. In terms of the religious significance, surely Easter is the more important of the two.
EJWilkins: Easter is the more important, but it seems to have been sidelined lately because "it's disruptive" to the school calendar. It would be better if it were fixed, but then there's the risk of commercialism which it's so far avoided, thank goodness.
An adapted frame for this day!

Un adecuado encuadre para este día!
EJWilkins: Yes, specially for Good Friday smile
  • FLOOG
  • ENGLAND
  • 14 May 2008, 20:25
Stunning shot. The colours are absolutely amazing.
EJWilkins: Yes, and in real life they're even better. The place absolutely glows, it's superb.
Powerful image, powerful words!

Nice job.

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