Tuesday, April 7, 2009
The Fourteenth Station - The Body of Jesus is Laid in the Tomb
V. We adore You, O Christ, and we praise you
R. Because by Your Holy Cross, You have redeemed the world.
"...And now we come to the last farewell. There is sadness in parting, but we take comfort in the hope that one day we shall see our brother again and enjoy his friendship. Although this congregation will disperse in sorrow, the mercy of God will gather us together again in the joy of his kingdom. Therefore let us console one another in the faith of Jesus Christ." These words come from the Final Commendation in the Order of Christian Funerals. John and the Blessed Mother look on as Joseph of Arimathea places the body of Jesus in a new tomb in the garden. Sin had entered the world in a garden; new life will come to the world from a garden.