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Poetry

Two Poems on the Passion

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 Contents - Apr 2004AD2000 April 2004 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: The Passion of the Christ: 'Why do you seek the living among the dead?' - Michael Gilchrist
National Church Life Survey: church-going declines further - Michael Gilchrist
News: The Church Around the World
Riccardo Piol of Communion and Liberation makes an impact in Victoria - AD2000 Report
Books: Archbishop Hart launches new book on Dr Mannix - Daniel Mannix: Wit and Wisdom - Archbishop Dennis Hart
Film Review: Mel Gibson's 'The Passion of the Christ': a contemporary masterpiece - David Schütz
Events: Adore 2004 Youth Eucharistic Congress - Nicole Osmak
God 'number one' in East Timor - Paul Russell
Events: Chesterton conference to be held in Melbourne - Tony Evans
Theology: Fr Aidan Nichols to lecture on von Balthasar in Melbourne - Tracey Rowland
Whatever happened to reverence at Mass? - Matthew Greene
The Salesians in East Timor: progress report - Br Michael Lynch
Letters: Church architecture
Letters: Catholic schools
Letters: Jehovah's Witnesses
Letters: Corrections - Fr Timothy Deeter
Letters: The Sign of the Cross - Dr Arnold Jago
Letters: Life under threat - Brian Harris
Letters: Taking a stand in the culture war - Robert and Carmel Garrett
Letters: Easter greetings from India - Fr S. John Joseph
Poetry: Two Poems on the Passion - Marion Craig and Brian Mulligan
Books: The Catholic Revival in English Literature 1845-1961, by Ian Ker - Francis Phillips (reviewer)
Books: An apology for the revival of Christian Architecture, by Augustus Welby Pugin - Michael Gilchrist (reviewer)
Priestly Fraternity of St Peter - Holy Week 2004
Books: AD Books - More new titles for 2004
Reflection: Right is right, even if nobody does it (G.K. Chesterton) - Fr F.E. Burns

Gethsemane

In that dark garden suddenly alive
With torches and with men
Peter - maddened by this
The traitor's kiss, strikes blindly with his sword
And off comes the right ear of Malchus Servant of Caiphas
High priest of that year.
"Put up your sword" says the Lord
Touching the bloody space of grinding pain
and - lo! - the ear is there again.
All is restored before they drag the healing Lord
To torture, death, disgrace.
And on that day what does Malchus say?
History is dumb, what did he become?
Malchus, servant of the High Priest
What did he become?

Marion Craig

On Calvary Hill

What were you thinking Jesus,
As you walked to Calvary.
Suffering as you did to set us free.
Seeing your mother trying to hide her pain
As your footsteps faltered time and time again.
Falling three times on that rocky road,
Weighed down by your heavy load.
Knowing that it was your Father's will
That you would be crucified on Calvary Hill.

Brian Mulligan

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 17 No 3 (April 2004), p. 16

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