Women of the Cross
As we continue through Lent towards Holy Week, Good Friday and Holy Saturday we are asked not to rush, not to start preparations for the resurrection, but to wait, to understand our own powerlessness. Beginning this week and continuing through Eastertide, we will run this series looking a six prominent women who featured in the life of Jesus and the impact that Holy Saturday had on their lives.
They are women women whose stories are often told but whose names are not always known, loving women who, even though they do not fully understand what is happening, are waiting, waiting for God to act. We rarely hear the story directly from their perspective, but here they have been imagined and brought to life. They are the Woman taken in Adultery, Martha, Mary of Bethany, Woman at the Well, Veronica and the woman with a haemorrhage.
We are very grateful to Fr James Hanvey SJ, Master of Campion Hall, University of Oxford for imagining and writing these pieces and for the Jesuit British province for sharing them.