13th Station of the Cross – Jesus is Taken Down from the Cross

What tender mourning!  Jesus’ lifeless body lays in his mother’s arms.  He has truly died.  A profound sacrifice, complete.

Reader: We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.

All: Because by your holy cross
you have redeemed the world.

I behold this scene at the foot of the cross.
I contemplate touching, caressing his body.
I remember all his hands have touched,
all who have been blessed by his warm embrace.

I pause to let it soak in.
He knows the mystery of death.
He has fallen into God’s hands.

For me.
That I might love as I have been loved.
I pour out my heart to the God of all mercies.

Jesus, may thy cross defend me,
and thy saving death befriend me,
cherished by thy deathless grace

Author: DanutM

Anglican theologian. Former Director for Faith and Development Middle East and Eastern Europe Region of World Vision International

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