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We adore you, O Christ,

and we bless you

Because by your holy cross

you have redeemed the world.



Gospel of Matthew 27:59-60

And Joseph took the body,

and wrapped it in 

a clean linen shroud,

and laid it in his own new tomb,

which he had hewn in the rock;

and he rolled a great stone

to the door of the tomb

and departed.

When Jesus was a child,

Mary would have 

placed Jesus in his bed 

when he had fallen asleep.

Let us contemplate Mary

praying Psalm 119 

as she places the body

of her Son in the tomb.

My soul melts away for sorrow;

strengthen me

according to your word!

I have chosen the way of faithfulness,

I set your ordinances before me.

I cling to your testimonies, O Lord;

let me not be put to shame.

This is my comfort

in my affliction,

that your promise

gives me life.

Godless men utterly deride me,

but I do not turn away 

from your law.

Let your hand be ready

to help me,

for I have chosen your precepts.

I long for your salvation, O Lord,

and your law is my delight.

- Psalm 119: 28, 30-31, 50-51, 173-174



At the Cross her station keeping

Stood the mournful Mother weeping

Close to Jesus to the last.



O merciful God, 

grant that I may ever perfectly

do your will in all things.

Let it be my ambition to work

only for your honor and glory.

Let me rejoice in nothing

but what leads to you,

nor grieve for anything

that leads away from you.

May all passing things

be as nothing in my eyes,

and may all that is yours

be dear to me, and you, my God,

dear above them all.

May all joy be meaningless

without you and may I desire

nothing apart from you.

May all labor and toil delight me

when it is for you.

Make me, O Lord,

obedient without complaint,

poor without regret,

patient without murmur,

humble without pretense,

joyous without frivolity,

and truthful without disguise.

Give me, O God,

an ever-watchful heart

which nothing can ever

lure away from you;

a noble heart,

which no unworthy affection

can draw downwards to the earth;

an upright heart, 

which no evil can warp;

an unconquerable heart,

which no tribulation can crush;

a free heart,

which no perverted affection

can claim for its own.

Bestow on me, O God,

understanding to know you,

diligence to seek you,

and wisdom to find you;

a life which may please you,

and a hope which may embrace 

you at the last.

In the name of the Father,

and of the Son,

and of the Holy Spirit.


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