Friday, March 25, 2016

On Good Friday, tall ladders to the cross

It is now late afternoon in Israel.
This is the day my Christian friends call Good Friday, and this is the hour when they solemnly reflect on the taking down from the cross.
Very soon it will be Shabbat evening. 

It was in Friedberg, a small town in the rolling green hills of Styria, Austria, that I first saw  statuary such as this!

Please click a few times to enlarge the photos and get the beautiful details.

The church was first mentioned in writing in 1377.
In 1706 it was expanded and magnificent frescoes were added.

The Baroque pilgrimage church and its surroundings can be seen here.
I try to imagine how you Christian readers out there experience the Triduum, the three saddest days, as you await the joy of Easter Sunday.   Blessings to you.
(Linking to inSPIREd Sunday.)


Spiderdama said...

Beautiful church and art!
In Norwegian we call this day long Friday
Shabbat Shalom Dina!

Hels said...

The Friedberg church did not seem to be built to hold huge numbers back in 1377. So I imagine they are fully to overflowing on Easter, these days.

Gosia k said...

Dina in Poland we call it Good Friday. The church is similar to Polish ones

Anonymous said...

You know art has my passion! I have never seen this art work:)It is stunning, and the idea of the ladders is very modern:):) Thank you so much for wishing the Christians a Good Friday and Easter. And you have s Shabbat Shalom!

Alice said...

Lovely art . Shabbat Shalom Dina

Patsy said...

Thank You Dina and many happy days to you.

William Kendall said...

What a beautiful sanctuary, Dina!

Kay said...

Those are beautiful statues, Dina.
Shabbat Shalom.

Jim said...

So beautiful.

Tom said...

This year Good Friday and the Assumption fell on the same day, March 25. This will not happen again until 2057.

Dina said...

Friends, thanks for all your contributions to the subject.

Tom, Good Friday and the Annunciation on the same day, yes, a rarity. Even stranger was that Shushan Purim (the day when walled cities like Jerusalem celebrate Purim) this year coincided with Good Friday.

GreensboroDailyPhoto said...

I love the way you seek out religious artifacts and history everywhere you go. Really, you could write a book! I guess, in a way, you are.


Bill Nicholls said...

What more can you say other than stunning

Jackie Mc Guinness said...


bettyl-NZ said...

How awesome! I love the architecture a lot.

Karl Demetz said...

I love especially the first photo, Dina !