THE THIRTEENTH STATION

THE BODY OF JESUS

IS TAKEN DOWN

FROM THE CROSS

 

We adore you, O Christ,

and we bless you

Because by your holy cross

you have redeemed the world.

 

FROM SACRED SCRIPTURE

Gospel of Matthew 27:54-55

The centurion and the men with him 

who were keeping watch over Jesus 

feared greatly

when they saw the earthquake 

and all that was happening,

and they said,

“Truly, this was the Son of God!”

There were many women there, 

looking on from a distance, 

who had followed Jesus from Galilee, 

ministering to him.

PRAYER

Lord Jesus,

you descended

into the darkness of death. 

But your body is placed in good hands 

and wrapped in a white shroud.

Faith has not completely died; 

the sun has not completely set. 

How often does it appear

that you are asleep? 

How easy it is for us to step back

and say to ourselves:

“God is dead”.

In the hour of darkness, 

help us to know that you are still there. 

Do not abandon us

when we are tempted to lose heart.

Help us not to leave you alone. 

Give us the fidelity

to withstand moments of confusion

and a love ready to embrace you 

in your utter helplessness, 

like your Mother, 

who once more holds you to her breast. 

Help us, 

to look beyond all

our fears and prejudices, 

and to offer you our abilities, 

our hearts and our time, 

and thus to prepare

a garden for the Resurrection.

 

HYMN

At the cross her station keeping

Stood the mournful Mother weeping

Close to Jesus to the last

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