Thirteenth Station

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


Reading
Joseph of Arimathea, who was a disciple of Jesus, though a secret one because of his fear of the Jews, asked Pilate to let him take away the body of Jesus. Pilate gave him permission; so he came and removed his body. Nicodemus, who had at first come to Jesus by night, also came bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, weighing about a hundred pounds. They took the body of Jesus and wrapped it with the spices in linen cloths, according to the burial custom of the Jews.


Meditation
Jesus hung dead upon the cross, and so now did the two thieves. The crowds had gone home. The soldiers had left. Silence descended upon Calvary.

The body of Jesus was taken down from the cross and laid in Mary’s arms. Now she carried her son’s lifeless body in her arms, as once she had carried his unborn body in her womb. for his death was the prelude to new life.


Lord Jesus,
your death brought life to the world.
Lord, have mercy
Christ have mercy

Lord Jesus,
you are our lifeand our hope.
Lord, have mercy
Christ have mercy

Lord Jesus,
raise us up to new life in you.
Lord, have mercy
Christ have mercy

Holy God
Holy Mighty One
Holy Immortal One
have mercy on us and on the whole world.