Thanks to Ann Barnhardt for her recent post and sharing of this most illustrative painting and explanation. You can find her instructive post here:

The Bride of Christ: derided, blasphemed, spat upon, buffeted, as the Mystical Body of Christ, still present in the world and a woman of sorrow just as Christ was a man of sorrow: uncomely, disfigured and unrecognizable. Her sufferings are relived in Her Body, the Church: the Spotless Bride of Christ.


Top Image: God the Father removes Eve from the Side of Adam – shown with hands in supplication to God the Father
Bottom Image: God the Father removes the Bride of Christ (the Church) from the Wounded Side of the Crucified Christ – shown with a Chalice indicating the offering of Christs Blood to the Father for the Salvation of Souls

Flesh of My Flesh: Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up those things that are wanting of the sufferings of Christ, in my flesh, for the body, which is the Church. __ Colossians 1:24

The Bridegroom and Bride Shall be Two in One Flesh: Christ and the Church are One:

Genesis 2:24

Wherefore a man shall leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they shall be two in one flesh.

Mark 10:8

And they two shall be in one flesh. Therefore now they are not two, but one flesh.

Ephesians 5:31

For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife, and they shall be two in one flesh.

Isaiah 62:5

For the young man shall dwell with the virgin, and thy children shall dwell in thee. And the bridegroom shall rejoice over the bride, and thy God shall rejoice over thee.

John 3:29

He that hath the bride, is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, who standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth with joy because of the bridegroom’s voice. This my joy therefore is fulfilled.

Ephesians 5:29

For no man ever hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, as also Christ doth the church:

CCC 796

This is the whole Christ, head and body, one formed from many . . . whether the head or members speak, it is Christ who speaks. He speaks in his role as the head (ex persona capitis) and in his role as body (ex persona corporis). What does this mean? “The two will become one flesh. This is a great mystery, and I am applying it to Christ and the Church.”240 And the Lord himself says in the Gospel: “So they are no longer two, but one flesh.”241 They are, in fact, two different persons, yet they are one in the conjugal union, . . . as head, he calls himself the bridegroom, as body, he calls himself “bride.”242

Christ Was Buffeted and Spit Upon: Will the Bride not Suffer What the Bridegroom Suffered?

Job 30:10

They abhor me, and flee far from me, and are not afraid to spit in my face.

Isaiah 50:6

I have given my body to the strikers, and my cheeks to them that plucked them: I have not turned away my face from them that rebuked me, and spit upon me.

Matthew 26:67

Then did they spit in his face, and buffeted him: and others struck his face with the palms of their hands,

Isaiah 53:2

And he shall grow up as a tender plant before him, and as a root out of a thirsty ground: there is no beauty in him, nor comeliness: and we have seen him, and there was no sightliness, that we should be desirous of him

1 Peter 2:24

Who his own self bore our sins in his body upon the tree: that we, being dead to sins, should live to justice: by whose stripes you were healed.

Seven Last Words of Christ from the Holy Cross: Will the Church Not Imitate Her Bridegroom and suffer with Him?


Luke 23:34

And Jesus said: Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.


Luke 23:43

And Jesus said to him: Amen I say to thee, this day thou shalt be with me in paradise.


John 19:26

When Jesus therefore had seen his mother and the disciple standing whom he loved, he saith to his mother: Woman, behold thy son.

John 19:27

After that, he saith to the disciple: Behold thy mother. And from that hour, the disciple took her to his own.


Matthew 27:46

And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying: Eli, Eli, lamma sabacthani? that is, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?

Mark 15:34

And at the ninth hour, Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying: Eloi, Eloi, lamma sabacthani? Which is, being interpreted, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?

Psalm 21:2

O God my God, look upon me: why hast thou forsaken me?


John 19:28

Afterwards, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, said: I thirst.


John 19:30

Jesus therefore, when he had taken the vinegar, said: It is consummated. And bowing his head, he gave up the ghost.


Luke 23:46

And Jesus crying out with a loud voice, said: Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit. And saying this, he gave up the ghost.


And people ask why I don’t leave the Bride of Christ in Her hour of most need. I would prefer to remain with The Mother of God at the foot of the Cross than to be hiding in the upper room fearing for my life. This is why. __ Scoop