A page dedicated to the movie called "Jesus of Nazareth" by Franco Zeffirelli, who had a divine inspiration to make such a beautiful film. The most important decision of all by Zeffirelli was to give the part of Jesus to the British actor Robert Powell. He was and still is the most magnificent Christ in the history of cinema depicting Jesus public ministry, Passion crucification death and resurrection.  The sets, the costumes and the actors where brilliant. In the film you can see an all star cast; Olivia Hussey as Mary, Anthony Quinn to Peter Ustinov, from James Mason to Lawrence Olivier, from Christopher Plummer to Rod Steiger, from Anne Bancroft to Ernest Borgnine, Stacy Keach. Micheal York as John the Baptist. Passion of Christ,  Jesus picks up His cross, Veronica wipes the face of Jesus, Jesus is nailed to the Cross, Pilate's inscription " Jesus of Nazareth the King of the Jews,  Jesus first word on the Cross "Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do." , Jesus second word on the Cross,"Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise."

Jesus of Nazareth VIII

The Passion of Christ

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Jesus, Lord, condemned, defiled
May we to be meek and mild
As we tred your holy Way

May we feel no bitter hatred,
When we too are persecuted,
Left alone to walk with You.

Jesus of Nazareth Carring the Cross

Chapter  19
Jesus Carries His Cross

17: So they took Jesus, and he went out, bearing his own cross, to the place called the place of a skull, which is called in Hebrew Gol'gotha.

May our sympathy for Jesus
Turn to those who here now need us,
May we see Christ bruised in them.

Matthew Chapter 27

30: And they spat upon him, and took the reed and struck him on the head.
31: And when they had mocked him, they stripped him of the robe, and put his own clothes on him, and led him away to crucify him.

Now the Cross as Jesus bore it,
Has become for us who share it,
The jeweled Cross of Victory.

Luke Chapter 23
26: And as they led him away, they seized one Simon of Cyre'ne, who was coming in from the country, and laid on him the cross, to carry it behind Jesus.
27: And there followed him a g
Jesus of Nazareth Carries his Crossreat multitude of the people, and of women who bewailed and lamented him.
28: But Jesus turning to them said, "Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children.
29: For behold, the days are coming when they will say, `Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bore, and the breasts th
at never gave suck!'
30: Then they will begin to say to the mountains, `Fall on us'; and to the hills, `Cover us.'
31: For if they do this when the wood is green, what will happen when it is dry?"

Stripped and jeered by his own nation,
Jesus stood in desolation,
Giving all He had to give.

Matthew Chapter 25
35: for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me,
36: I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.'
37: Then the righteous will answer him, `Lord, when did we see thee hungry and feed thee, or thirsty and give thee drink?
38: And when did we see thee a stranger and welcome thee, or naked and clo
Veronica wipes the face of Jesus of Nazareththe thee?
39: And when did we see thee sick or in prison and visit thee?'
40: And the King will answer them, `Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of t
he le
ast of these my brethren, you did it to me.'

Sirach Chapter 6
14: A faithful friend is a sturdy shelter: he that has found one has found a treasure.
15: There is nothing so precious as a faithful friend, and no scales can measure his excellence.
16: A faithful friend is an elixir of life; and those who fear the Lord will find him.

Brave but trembling came the woman,
None but she would flaunt the Roman,
Moved by love beyond all her fear.

Veronica - a woman of Jerusalem who, according to legend, gave Jesus her veil to wipe his face as he bore his cross to Calvary. He returned it with his countenance miraculously imprinted on the fabric. Modern scholars believe that her name, which is also applied to the veil itself, is derived from the Latin vera and the Greek eikon, meaning "true image." The legend is represented in the 6th of the 14 Stations of the Cross. Of the several cloths reputed to be the original veil, the most celebrated is kept at Saint Peter's Basilica in Rome, where it became an object of popular veneration during the Middle Ages.

Psalm Chapter 22
Jesus is nailed to the Cross

Jesus of Nazareth is nailed to the Cross
6: But I am a worm, and no man; scorned by men, and despised by the people.
7: All who see me mock at me, they make mouths at me, they wag their heads;
14: I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint; my heart is like wax, it is melted within my breast;
Jesus of Nazareth is nailed to the Cross
15: my strength is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue cleaves to my jaws; thou dost lay me in the dust of death.
16: Yea, dogs are round about me; a company of evildoers encircle me; they have pierced my hands and feet --
17: I can count all my bones -- they stare and gloat over me

Pierced the hands that blessed and curred us,
Pierced the feet that walked to free us,
Walked the hill of Calvary.

Jesus haning on the cross
Luke Chapter 9
23: "The Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised."
23: And he said to all, "If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and fo
Jesus loves usllow me.
24: For whoever would save his life will lose it; and whoever loses his life for my sake, he will save it.

25: For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself?
26: For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words, of him will the Son of man be ashamed when he comes in his glory and the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.
27: But I tell you truly, there are some standing here who will not taste death before they see the kingdom of God."

John Chapter 19
19: Pilate also wrote a title and put it on the cross; it read, "Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews."
20: Many of the Jews read this title, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city; and it was written in Hebrew, in Latin, and in Greek.
21: The chiPilate also wrote a title and put it on the cross; it read, "Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews." INRIef priests of the Jews then said to Pilate, "Do not write, `The King of the Jews,' but, `This man said, I am King of the Jews.'"
22: Pilate answered, "What I have written I have written."
23: When the soldiers had crucified Jesus they took his garments and made four parts, one for each soldier; also his tunic. But the tunic was without seam, woven from top to bottom;
24: so they said to one another, "Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it to see whose it shall be." This was to fulfil the scripture, "They parted my garments among them, and for my clothing they cast lots."

Luke Chapter 23

32: Two others also, who were criminals, were led away to be put to death with him.
33: And when they came to the place which is called The Skull, there they crucified him, and the criminals, one on the right and one on the left.

First word of Christ on the Cross Father forgive them
John Chapter 19
First word on thy Cross

34: And Jesus said, "Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do." And they cast lots to divide his garments.
35: And the people stood by, watching; but the rulers scoffed at him, saying, "He saved others; let him save himself, if he is the Christ of God, his Chosen One!"
36: The soldiers also mocked him, coming up and offering him vinegar,
37: and saying, "If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!"
38: There was also an inscription over him, "This is the King of the Jews."
39: One of the criminals who were hanged railed at him, saying, "Are you not the Christ? Save you
Second word of Christ on the Cross  Today you will be with me in paradise
rself and us!"
40: But the other rebuked him, saying, "Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation?
41: And we indeed justly; for we are receiving the due reward of our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong."
42: And he said, "Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom."
43: And he said to him, "Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise."

Weakend, prodded, cursed, and fallen,
His whole Body brusised and swollen,
Jesus stripped and hangs in pain.

My people, what have I done to you? or in what have I offend you? Answer me. What more should I have done, and did not do? I led you our of the land of  Egypt, and you prepared a cross for me. I opened the Red Sea before you, and you opened my side with a lance. I gave you a royal scepter, and you have given me a crown of thorns. With great  power I lifted you up, and you have hung me upon a cross. My people, what have I done to you, or in what have I offended you?


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