We weren’t allowed to laugh, smile or make merry on Good Friday as kids. Or at least not in the presence of adults. While I am not particularly religious, I was brought up a Catholic, a promise my mother had to make to her cousin, the Bishop, so that she could marry a Protestant within the walls of the Cebu Cathedral(?), but then only if all the doors of the church were shut closed. Yipes. But those were the dark ages, the late 1940’s or so…
Today seemed the most appropriate day to share a couple of photos of this crucifix, which was inherited from my mother, who probably got it from my father’s mother, an antiques collector, and a Protestant I might add… It is made out of ivory and quite beautiful. It does embody the concept of sacrifice, whether for a religious reason, or if you prefer, not.
Stop reading here if you are very religious. Stop! For the more irreverent amongst you, the following is a memorable set of lines from that classic Monty Python movie “Life of Bryan” from 1979… it is a movie scene burned into my memory banks…
And I quote, from this site:
[a line of prisoners files past a jailer]
Coordinator: Good. Out of the door, line on the left, one cross each.
Mr. Cheeky: Er, no, freedom actually.
Mr. Cheeky: Yeah, they said I hadnt done anything and I could go and
live on an island somewhere.
Coordinator: Oh I say, thats very nice. Well, off you go then.
Mr. Cheeky: No, Im just pulling your leg, its crucifixion really.
Coordinator: [laughing] Oh yes, very good. Well…
Mr. Cheeky: Yes I know, out of the door, one cross each, line on the
Hmmm, I must be beginning to lose my marbles, posted the crucifix four years ago, here. :)