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Art Cards, Lent 5, "When I Survey the Wondrous Cross"



See, from his head, his hands, his feet,

Sorrow and love flow mingled down.

Did e’er such love and sorrow meet,

Or thorns compose so rich a crown?

(“When I Survey the Wondrous Cross,” verse 3)


Scripture Connection: John 19:17-18

So they took Jesus;  and carrying the cross by himself, he went out to what is called The Place of the Skull, which in Hebrew is called Golgotha. There they crucified him, and

with him two others, one on either side, with Jesus between them. 

Art Card Prompt

As we enter Holy Week, we turn our focus to Jesus’ Passion, which will bring us through the triumphal entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, through the last supper in the upper room, through the Garden of Gethsemane, and then to the hill of Golgotha on Good Friday. The third verse of this somber hymn draws our attention to Jesus’ blood as it flows from the wounds on his body at the crucifixion. That blood is a river of sorrow at Jesus’ pain, and yet it is also a river of love because of his sacrifice.

As you create your art card, spend some time reflecting on the event of the crucifixion. Why is it we call our commemoration of this day Good Friday? It is a sorrowful day but also a day where we see God’s mercy on full display. You might add red for blood to your card, or include a crown of thorns.

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