Thirteenth Station

Jesus is Taken from the Cross

And when evening had come, Joseph of Arimathea, prominent member of the Sanhedrin, arrived and boldly went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Pilate released the corpse to Joseph, who bought a shroud, and took Jesus down from the cross. (Mk. 15).

The body of Jesus is taken down from the cross and placed in His mother’s arms. The crowd had gone. With boundless grief she receives the lifeless body of her Divine Son. It is very silent. Just one of Jesus’ friends, mother and Son. She looked up and saw her dead Son and the men came to take Him down. His life ended so cruelly. He died for me. I am numb. How could it be? I am so unworthy and You died for me. I love you, Jesus. Forgive me.

Prayer: O Mother of Sorrow, give me a share in your most holy sorrow in the suffering of your Son that I may fully realize what my sins have caused. Lord, Your Passion has ended. I know it starts all over, Lord when I choose sin over You. I inflict the pain when I say no to serving You in the poor. Accept me as your servant, and have compassion on my infirmities. Jesus, my Redeemer, You have died for love of me. In Your mercy permit me to love You, for I wish only You, nothing more. My beloved Jesus, I love You above all things. I am truly sorry for having offended You, and I repent with my whole heart. May I never offend You again. Grant that I may never cease to love You, and do with me as You will. Amen

Our Father who art in Heaven . . . . Amen

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