16The soldiers led Jesus away inside the courtyard which is [called] the Praetorium, and they called together the whole cohort. 17They clothed him with purple, and weaving a crown of thorns, they put it on his head. 18They began to salute him, “Hail, King of the Jews!” 19They struck his head with a reed, spat on him, and bowing their knees, expressed adoration to him. 20After mocking him, they stripped him of the purple [cloak] and put his own garments on him. Then they led him out to crucify him.
21Simon of Cyrene, the father of Alexander and Rufus, was then returning from the countryside and passing by. The soldiers compelled him to go with them so that he might carry Jesus’ cross. 22And they brought Jesus to the place called Golgotha, which means, “The place of a skull.” 23They offered him wine mixed with myrrh to drink, but Jesus did not take it.
24Then, they crucified him and shared his garments among them, casting lots for them to see what each one would take. 25It was the third hour when they crucified him. 26The written notice of his accusation was written above him, “THE KING OF THE JEWS.” 27With him, they also crucified two rebels; one on his right hand, and one on his left. 28The Scripture was fulfilled, which says, “He was numbered with transgressors.”
29Those who passed by blasphemed him, shaking their heads and saying, “So! You who would destroy the sanctuary and rebuild it in three days, 30save yourself [now] and come down from the cross!”
31In the same way, the chief priests also, along with the scribes, were mocking him among themselves and saying, “He saved others! He cannot save himself! 32Let the Christ, the King of Israel, now come down from the cross, so that we may see and believe him.” Those who were crucified with him also insulted him.
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 Matthew 27:33-54.
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.