Twelfth Station

Jesus dies on the cross


We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.
Because, by your holy cross,
you have redeemed the world


Reading
It was now about noon and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon because of an eclipse of the sun. Then the veil of the temple was torn down the middle. Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit”; and when he had said this he breathed his last. (Luke 23: 44-46)


Meditation
Jesus hung on the cross for only a short time – the mental and physical torments he had suffered had taken all his strength. He commended his spirit to his Father and died. It was over…but of course, it was not over – it was only the beginning.

Christ had to die so that we could live. As the soldier pierced his side, out flowed blood and water that was to seal the new and everlasting covenant between God and the world.


Lord Jesus,
you are the living Bread
which has come down from heaven.
Lord, have mercy
Christ have mercy

Lord Jesus,
you are the Blood
of the everlasting covenant.
Lord, have mercy
Christ have mercy

Lord Jesus,
nourish us with your Body and Blood.
Lord, have mercy
Christ have mercy

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