On Friday — Good Friday — I will be in New York City to preach the Seven Last Words of Christ at St. Francis of Assisi Church in midtown Manhattan. It has been a long-standing tradition since the Sixteenth Century in many places to have someone, or several people, preach on the seven phrases Jesus uttered from the Cross found in the four Gospel accounts. Perhaps the most famous reflection on the Seven Last Words of Christ is Joseph Haydn’s 1786 “Die sieben letzten Worte unseres Erlösers am Kreuze,” which was originally performed on Good Friday in a city in Southern Spain that year.
I am honored to have been invited to be the preacher this year for the annual Good Friday meditation on the Seven Last Words at St. Francis of Assisi Church on 31st Street in New York City (the church is located one block from Penn Station/Madison Square Garden). The service of the Seven Last Words begins at 12 Noon and I post this here to spread the word that if you are in the metro New York area, consider coming to St. Francis Church to hear me preach and take some time to reflect on the Passion of the Lord. You can find more information here: http://www.stfrancisnyc.org/
Have a Blessed Holy Week — Hope to see you there!