It was not safe to be too confident, even about the best of men; an apostle had fallen, and wept bitterly afterwards; and though Peter's denial
was not a close precedent, his repentance was likely to be.
Between those two events, so much took place: The Last Passover Meal, the washing of the disciples' feet, the institution of the Lord's Supper, prayer in Gethsemane, the betrayal of Judas, all the unjust and illegal trials, and Peter's denial
of his Lord.
Tomorrows's mass readings and reflections will focus on Judas Iscariot's betrayal of Jesus in exchange for thirty pieces of silver coins and of Saint Peter's denial
This passage from the Catechism is equally moving: 'It is precisely in the Passion, when the mercy of Christ is about to vanquish it, that sin most clearly manifests its violence and its many forms: unbelief, murderous hatred, shunning and mockery by the leaders and the people, Pilate's cowardice and the cruelty of the soldiers, Judas' betrayal (so bitter to Jesus), Peter's denial
and the disciples' flight.
of Jesus before he led the early Christians.
But in Part 2, he grows more dramatic, more of the storyteller, with his recitatives leading up to Peter's denial
and the great alto aria,"Erbarme dich," becoming very emotional and expressive.
made Tessa even more angry when she confronted him.
Later, tenor James Gilchrist duly compensated by bringing an emotion to Thy Rebuke Hath Broken His Heart, only matched by the apostle Peter's denial
in Bach's Passion music.
Peter, however, follows at a distance, and in parallel scenes or dramatic beauty, the Gospel contrasts Peter's denial
with Jesus' bold confession before the high priest.
of knowing Christ, and Christ's movement in subsequently turning and looking at him.
The story of Peter's denial
occurs in all four Gospels.
Several folk portray such scenes as the cleansing of the temple, Jesus washing the disciples' feet, the institution of the Lord's Supper, Jesus' prayers in the Garden of Gethsemane, the betrayal by Judas, the trial before the council and Pilate, and Peter's denial