ONE FRIDAY STATIONS OF THE CROSS by Jenny Hawke
Jesus prays in the Garden of Gethsemane Matthew 26:36-41
Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” He took along Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to feel sorrow and distress. Then he said to them, “My soul is sorrowful even to death. Remain here and keep watch with me.” He advanced a little and fell prostrate in prayer, saying, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me; yet, not as I will, but as you will.” When he returned to his disciples he found them asleep. He said to Peter, “So you could not keep watch with me for one hour? Watch and pray that you may not undergo the test. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
I’ve chosen a very dark background with some remnant of light to show the enormous battle between good and evil that was the story of the garden. The red signifies blood which seems to be bent wept by the tree as well as coming from the agony of Jesus. His figure shows an exhausted posture which I imagine at the end of his prayers and pleas that this will pass. I wanted Jesus to look almost drained of colour even though he still had the glory of God around him, but with the trees and night looking as if they would overcome his small figure.