February 25, 2004

Ash Wednesday and The Passion of the Christ


Don't forget: February 25 is Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. It's also the North American release date of the long-awaited film The Passion of The Christ.


After you see The Passion of The Christ, you'll probably have plenty of questions. Here's a list of Catholic Encyclopedia articles related to the film:

Agony, the struggle of Christ in the Garden
Annas the father-in-law of the high priest Caiphas
Anne Catherine Emmerich, whose visions helped give life to the film
Caiphas the high priest of the Jews
Character of Christ as manifested in his relation to God and men
Christology, the study of Our Lord Jesus Christ
Claudia, wife of Pilate and mentioned in our Pilate article; she later became Catholic
Crown of Thorns which were placed on Christ's head
Documents on Christ from ancient history
Eucharistic Sacrifice, the unbloody renewal of the sacrifice of Christ
Four Gospels, the inerrant historical records of the life of Christ
Gethsemane, where the film's opening scene takes place
Golgotha or Calvary, where Christ was crucified
Herod Antipas the ruler of Galilee
Incarnation, the mystery and dogma of God made Flesh
Jerusalem the city in which the Passion of Christ occurred
Jesus Christ the redeemer of mankind
John the beloved disciple of Christ
Judas Iscariot the apostle who betrayed Christ
Latin, the language of the Church, and spoken in the film
Life of Christ in chronological order
Last Supper, the first Catholic Mass in history
Malchus, the servant whose ear was cut off by St. Peter
Mary the Mother of God
Mary Magdalene the penitent disciple
Passion of Christ as an object of devotion
Passion of Christ in the four gospels
Passion Plays, the medieval precursors to the film
Peter, who denied that he knew Christ, but became the first pope
Pharisees, a first-century faction of Judaism
Pontius Pilate the Roman governor who sentenced Our Lord to death
Real Presence of Christ in the Holy Eucharist
Redemption which was wrought by the Passion of Christ
Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ
Sanhedrin, the council before which Christ was tried
Satan who
was defeated by Christ in His Passion and Resurrection
Scourging, the punishment that Our Lord incurred at the pillar
Temptation of Christ, who never succumbed
Veronica who wiped Our Lord's face with her veil
Way of the Cross, a prayer centered around the Passion
Zeal, the love of Christ in action