Some of the most beautiful music ever written is inspired by the suffering and death of Jesus. Perhaps the most beautiful is Mozart’s Ave Verum. You might appreciate a moment savouring the dying face of Jesus while listening to the hymn.
The crucifix was designed by Charles Thomas (Christchurch architect). His choice was to portray Jesus on the cross at the moment when he cries out “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me.” Charles’ thinking was that the people who view his crucifix will not be dead. Instead they will be pilgrims who come to Our Lady of Victories church aware of their own pain, suffering and struggle, and need to know that Jesus’ in his own experience can understand what they are going through.photo: Peter Fleming