In the depths

Now the men who were holding Jesus began to mock him and beat him; they also blindfolded him and kept asking him, ‘Prophesy! Who is it that struck you?’ They kept heaping many other insults on him. (Luke 22.63-65)

Pilgrims are taken through the church of St Peter in Gallicantu and down a series of steps deep below the level of the church and the former house. They go to see a dungeon. Basically it is a hole dug out beneath the foundations of the house. There was one way in, through an opening in the top and the prisoner would have been let down on ropes under his arms and left there in the dark. Another entrance has been cut for pilgrims and we enter this terrifying space. The lights are turned out and we stand in silence. This is probably where Jesus was on that night having been beaten, abused by his captors – like so many prisoners. Was he terrified? He must have been. He had been praying that the cup be taken from him just a couple of hours ago and now he is here.

Jesus' prison

Jesus’ prison

Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord.
Lord, hear my voice!
Let your ears be attentive
to the voice of my supplications!
If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities,
Lord, who could stand?
But there is forgiveness with you,
so that you may be revered.
I wait for the Lord, my soul waits,
and in his word I hope;
my soul waits for the Lord
more than those who watch for the morning,
more than those who watch for the morning.
O Israel, hope in the Lord!
For with the Lord there is steadfast love,
and with him is great power to redeem.
It is he who will redeem Israel
from all its iniquities.

(Psalm 130)

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