The Three Hours' Agony or Tre Ore is a liturgical service held on Good Friday from noon until 3 o'clock to commemorate the Passion of Christ. Specifically, it refers to the three hours that Jesus hung on the Cross and includes a series of homilies on the seven last words of Christ. Father Barron was invited by Timothy Cardinal Dolan to preside over the Tre Ore service at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York, and the content of his presentation is featured here. Take the opportunity to meditate on the beautiful paintings and reflection questions included in the accompanying 14-page booklet. Allow the gravity and glory of Christ's crucifixion to bring you ever closer to Him. In this 2-CD Set, Disc 1 covers the first, second, and third words (45:11), and Disc 2 covers the third, fourth, fifth, sixth, and seventh words (44:28).
Father Robert Barron is a Catholic evangelist and sought-after speaker on the spiritual life - from prestigious universities and YouTube to national conferences and private retreats. The prominent theologian and podcasting priest is one of the world's great and most innovative teachers of Catholicism. He is the founder of the global media ministry Word on Fire, which reaches millions of people by utilizing the tools of new media to draw people into or back to the Catholic Faith. Father Barron received his masters degree in philosophy from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. in 1982 and his doctorate in sacred theology from the Institut Catholique in 1992. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1986 and has been a professor of systematic theology at the nation's largest Catholic seminary, the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary since 1992. He was visiting professor at the University of Notre Dame in 2002 and at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in 2007. He was also twice a scholar in residence at the Pontifical North American College at the Vatican. Father Barron currently serves as the rector of Mundelein Seminary near Chicago. In addition, he lectures extensively in the United States and abroad. Cardinal George calls Father Barron 'one of the Church s best messengers.'
Is Christianity a bland, domesticated religion, unthreatening and easy to grasp? Or is it the most exotic, unexpected, and uncanny of religious paths? For the mystics and saints -- and for Robert Barron who discovered Christianity through them -- it is surely the strangest way. "At its very center, " writes Barron, "is a God who comes after us with a reckless abandon, breaking open his own heart in love in order to include us in the rhythm of his own life." What could be more compelling?
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Fr. Robert Barron