32There were also others, two criminals, [who were] led with him to be put to death.
33When they arrived at the place which is called The Skull, the soldiers crucified him there with the criminals, one on the right and the other on the left.
34Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” Dividing his garments among them, the soldiers [began to] cast lots. 35The people stood by, watching, and with them the rulers also scoffed at him, saying, “He saved others! Let him save himself, if this is the anointed one of God, the chosen one!”
36The soldiers also mocked him, coming up to him, offering him vinegar, 37and saying, “If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!”
38An inscription was also written over him in letters of Greek, Latin, and Hebrew, “This is the king of the Jews.”
39One of the criminals who hung there began to insult Jesus, saying, “Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us as well!”
40But the other spoke up and rebuked him, saying, “Do you not even fear God, since you are under the same condemnation? 41We indeed [are punished] justly, because we are receiving the due reward for our deeds, but this man has done nothing wrong.” 42He then said to Jesus, “Lord, remember me when you come in your Kingdom.”
43And Jesus said to him, “Amen I tell you: today, you will be with me in Paradise.”
44It was now about the sixth hour, and darkness came over the whole land until the ninth hour. 45The sun was darkened, and the veil of the sanctuary was torn in two. 46Crying with a loud voice, Jesus said, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!” Having said this, he breathed his last.
47When the centurion saw what had taken place, he glorified God, saying, “Certainly, this was a righteous man.” 48When all the multitudes that had come together to see this saw what had happened, they returned home beating their breasts. 49But all those who knew Jesus and the women who had followed with him from Galilee stood at a distance, watching these things.
You will hear this Gospel read at The Good Shepherd Orthodox Church during Holy Week, on Great and Holy Thursday. It is followed by the Gospel reading from John 19:19-37.
The Good Shepherd Orthodox Church, located in Clayton, Melbourne, is a living witness to the power of the Gospel and the fullness of the Christian Faith in modern, secular Australia.
About us. We are a vibrant Australian Christian community under the direction of the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia, New Zealand & the Philippines, which is under the jurisdiction of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and All the East. The Church of Antioch is the continuation of the Christian community founded in Antioch by the Apostles Peter (who served as its first bishop) and Paul. The Patriarchate of Antioch is the oldest of the ancient Patriarchates constituting the one Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church of Jesus Christ.
All services are in the English language and the Service of Holy Thursday is held in the Main Chapel of the Religious Centre at Monash University, Clayton Campus, conveniently located in the centre of Melbourne’s residential population.
Parking in the University car parks is free after 7:00 pm, but please take note of all signs regarding Loading Zones, No Standing and Disabled Parking, these restrictions apply and are enforced.