R. Quia per sanctam crucem tuam redemisti mundum. [Because by Thy holy Cross Thou hast redeemed the world.]
Pope John Paul II
From the Gospel according to Mark. 15:42-43, 46
And when evening had come, Joseph of Arimathea, a respected member of the council, who was also himself looking for the kingdom of God, bought a linen shroud, and took the body of Jesus down from the Cross.
|Willem Key, Lamentation of Christ (16th c.)|
Holy Mary, Mother of inexpressible sorrow, with you we open our arms to Life himself, and humbly beseech him: R. Kyrie, eleison.
Holy Mary, Mother and associate of the Redeemer, in communion with you we open our arms to Christ, and filled with hope we call upon him. R. Kyrie, eleison.
Pope Benedict XVI
From the Gospel according to Matthew 27:54-55
When the centurion and those who were with him, keeping watch over Jesus, saw the earthquake and what took place, they were filled with awe, and said, “Truly this was the Son of God!” There were also many women there, looking on from afar, who had followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering to him.
|Pietro Lorenzetti, Deposition of Christ from the Cross (1320)|
Lord, you descended into the darkness of death. But your body is placed in good hands and wrapped in a white shroud (Mt 27:59). 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, the poor and rich, simple and learned, 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.
|Thirteenth Station of the Cross (detail),|
Pfettisheim Saint Symphorian
Vidit suum dulcem Natum
cum emisit spiritum
Our Father, who art in Heaven,
Hallowed be Thy Name
Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done
on Earth as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day our Daily Bread,
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us,
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
She beheld her tender Child,
Saw Him hang in desolation,
Till His spirit forth He sent.