Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Into Holy Week

"Arrest of Jesus" tapestry at the Vatican Museum

This beautiful and ornate tapestry is displayed at the Vatican Museum, in a photograph I took last year and it shows the moment of the betrayal of Judas. However a few other scenes are visible in the tapestry, including the agony in the garden, Peter’s severing the ear of Malchus, and the mob pushing around Jesus being arrested. 
"Entry into Jerusalem" tapestry at the Vatican Museum
The left side of the tapestry show the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem as he is welcomed with people waving palm branches and shouting “Hosanna to the King.” These tapestries are of infinite value and along with the Last Supper which I will share on Holy Thursday are some of the priceless artifacts displayed at the Vatican Museums. The readings at Mass during the three days before the Holy Triduum hint at the betrayal of Judas and the denial of Peter, which eventually led to the arrest of Jesus, his trial, and crucifixion.

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