Why were none of the Apostles present at Christ's crucifixion?

I just learned recently that none of the disciples were present during the crucifixion. I find this startling. Is this really true? Any rational explanation? Were they kept away by centurions?

Hi,

When Jesus stopped the Apostles from fighting in His defense after St. Peter cut a man’s ear off, they did what most of us men tend to do in such a situation, they fled. They were terrified that they might be crucified as well. Scripture suggests that they were aware of what transpired. They probably watched the passion from a safe distance. St. John, however, was with our Blessed Mother at the foot of the cross as described in John 19:26-27.

Fr. Vincent Serpa, O.P.

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