Jesus is laid in the tomb and covered in incenseV. We adore you, O Christ and praise you.
R. Because by Your Holy Cross you have redeemed the world.
ReadingFrom the Passion according to Mark
And when it had already become late … there came Joseph, the one from Arimathea. He was a reputable councillor; and he was also waiting for the kingdom of God. He was daring enough to go to Pilate and ask for the body of Jesus… And when [Pilate] had confirmation [of Jesus’ death] from the centurion, he gifted the corpse to Joseph. And he bought a linen cloth and took him down and wrapped him in the linen cloth and placed him in a tomb which was hewn out of rock. And he rolled a stone on to the door of the tomb. And Mary the Magdalene and Mary [the mother] of Joses were watching where he lay.
MeditationFinally, Jesus is laid in the tomb. His pain and suffering are over. Now his loved ones have a great wound in their heart that cannot be healed, a hole that cannot be filled. Whom have you loved and lost as they did?
PrayerJesus, the Resurrected One, though it seemed that all was finished when they laid you in the tomb, you rose again in glory that first Easter morning. Take into your care all our loved ones who have left us, and grant them a place at your side in your Kingdom.
CloseAll: Our Father …
Christ, when Thou shalt call me hence,
Be Thy Mother my defence,
Be Thy cross my victory.
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