The severe scourging, with its intense pain and appreciable blood loss, most probably left Jesus in a preshock state. Moreover, hematidrosis had rendered his skin particularly tender. The physical and mental abuse meted out by the Jews and the Romans, as well as the lack of food, water, and sleep, also contributed to his generally weakened state. Therefore, even before the actual crucifixion, Jesus' physical condition was at least serious and possibly critical.
By Mary Lang, William Edwards, Wesley Gabel, Floyd Hosmer, M. Corinne Mackey, Adam Parfrey March 28, 1991 Read full story
Vestibule of Discalced Carmelite Monastery (note cylinder on far left, built into wall)
Their day begins at 6:30 a.m., when together they say the Divine Office. Mass is held at seven in the chapel, usually attended by people from the immediate neighborhood. The sisters sit in a recently constructed area off to the side, so that they can see the altar but not be seen by the congregation. Breakfast follows, and from eight to nine is the first of two daily required hours of “mental prayer.”
Some of the proctors, inmates who worked full-time at the Mission in a rehabilitation program, passed out hymn books, but there weren’t enough to go around. We sang “The Old Rugged Cross” and “I’ve Got a Friend in Jesus”; the tunes were pretty easy to follow, but everyone seemed so tired. The black lady put her head on her husband’s shoulder. There was a fat guy in the front row of our section who kept shaking his head in disagreement when one of the ministers chided the non-singers, “Now, you who weren’t singing, you aren’t smiling — you aren't enjoying yourself.”
"If you go to church," he said, "sometimes the preacher might get up and say something about abortion or homosexuality. Usually, he won't, because he's afraid he'll run somebody off from his church. I've had a lot of people leave this church because of stands I've taken."
“Well, I grew up in a middle-class, Protestant family in Seattle, and my dad was very much invested in business. When I was getting older, we moved to a wealthier but much less happy neighborhood. There my loss of innocence happened. My parents were always pretty good people, but in this neighborhood the families would drink and fight."
It was with not a little interest that I learned of Father Jon Braun, founding pastor at St. Anthony the Great Antiochian Orthodox Church. I found the church quite by accident (and before I found Father), holding its Sunday Liturgy in the brick chapel that anchors one end of the abbey-esque Torrey Pines Christian Church compound. At the time, I was on my way to speak with Torrey Pines’ pastor, Michael Spitters, who noted that, as an Emergent Christian, he wanted to avoid anything that struck visitors as “playing at worshipping God.”