The Weather and the Thief – Holy Thursday Evening 12 Passion Gospels

On Holy Thursday Evening at the end of the Orthros Service with the 12 Passion Gospels for Holy Friday, Fr. Matthew Howell offers a reflection about the weather and the wise thief. First, he notes that the clouds have darkened in response to our Lord’s arrest and crucifixion and that it happens every year during Holy Week. He also encourages everyone to reflect on the darkness and sin in their own heart and how we are also responsible for Christ’s passion. Then, he pivots to talk about the Wise Thief (Dismas) who repented on the cross and was promised Paradise. Fr. Matthew lauds his repentance but cautions listeners not to use the same game plan but instead to repent now rather than waiting until the end of our lives.

Fr. Matthew Howell’s 2021 Homily following the 12 Passion Gospels

12 Passion Gospels

The First Gospel: John 13:31-18:1

The Second Gospel: John 18:1-28

The Third Gospel: Matthew 26:57-75

The Fourth Gospel: John 18:28-19:16

The Fifth Gospel: Matthew 27:3-32

The Sixth Gospel: Mark 15:16-32

The Seventh Gospel: Matthew 27:33-54

The Eighth Gospel: Luke 23:32-49

The Ninth Gospel: John 19:25-37

The Tenth Gospel: Mark 15:43-47

The Eleventh Gospel: John 19:38-42

The Twelfth Gospel: Matthew 27:62-66