Video: A Breton masterpiece takes us to the Passion

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In the village of Plougastel-Daoulas, near Brest, France, a 17th-century monument has silently stood the test of time. Originally constructed as anex-voto — in gratitude for surviving a plague — the calvaire (“Calvary”) features three prominent crosses, representing the crucifixion of Jesus and the two thieves. Surrounding them are 182 Kersanton stone statues, grouped into 28 scenes from Christ’s life on the pedestal. It’s a masterpiece of traditional Breton art and a moving depiction of the Passion. Throughout Brittany, there are many such calvaires. The prominence of these stone crosses and memorials of the Passion reminds us all of the need to recall what God has done for us: he entered the holy city, submitted himself to death, and rose again on the third day to redeem from our sins!

Calvary of Plougastel-Daoulas
Calvary of Plougastel-Daoulas. Wikimedia Commons


Lord Jesus, fill my life with good works, that they may pave the way for you to dwell in my heart. Make my soul ready to welcome you, my true king. Amen.


Display the palm branches received in today’s Mass prominently in your home.

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Father Patrick Briscoe

Father Patrick Briscoe, OP, is a Dominican friar and the editor of Our Sunday Visitor. Along with his Dominican brothers, he is host of the podcast Godsplaining and a co-author of "Saint Dominic’s Way of Life: A Path to Knowing and Loving God." He is also the author of the OSV seasonal devotional, "My Daily Visitor."