Sunday of the Palms and Passion
Sunday 28th March 2021

Image supplied by Sr Cecilia Prest

Visual Meditation

Looking at art works or movies is a great way to open ourselves to the meaning of the Gospels. Seeing can bypass our preconceived notions, giving us new vistas of enlightenment. With painting or sculpture one needs to sit quietly and absorb the dynamics of the piece. The drama of movies more easily engages us and offers a way to conversation about the Gospel with other members of your family.

This Sunday's Visual Meditation


Only a few recommendations are made below. They are different from the ones recommended for this Sunday last year. There is so much to choose from. The Passion and Death of Christ has been a major theme in Western and Christian art. If mediating on paintings is a way of prayer for you, time spent at will be time well spent.

  • The Entry into Jerusalem by Giotto.
  • This is Dinah Roe Kendall’s presentation of the triumphal entry (click red text) done as a modern scene.
  • This is a series of scenes from Christ’s passion shown in one large painting by Hans Memling. The triumphal entry can be seen in the top left hand corner of this view. In this Christ is praying in the Garden. Through this view various scenes of the Passion can be followed through and through this as well. Finally scenes of the Resurrection appear on the right hand side of this large and intricate painting(click red texts).
  • Macha Chmakoff’s presentation It is accomplished (click red text) is so simple yet so dramatic.


  • To End All Wars Forgiveness and self-sacrifice in the most difficult of situations.
  • The Green Mile John Coffey is a suffering Servant Figure
  • Play it Forward
  • The Insider explores the theme of integrity and the suffering that it entails.
  • Three Kings
  • Testament of Youth