Watch this profoundly moving clip from the film The Passion of the Christ in which Mary, the mother of Jesus, goes to help her son as he falls to the ground under the weight of his cross, which he carries to his execution at Golgotha (the Place of Skulls), which today is believed to be the rocky outcrop on which the Church of the Holy Sepulchre is built in Jerusalem's Old City. This clip is so moving because it emphasizes the fact that, for Christians, Jesus was also the son of Mary. It is this relationship that is highlighted in this clip.
The photographs below represent just a few examples of Holy Week this year around the world:
Penitents take part in the procession of "La Paz" brotherhood during Holy Week in the Andalusian capital of Seville, southern Spain, April 5, 2009. (REUTERS/Marcelo del Pozo)