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Holy Saturday | Stations of the Cross, Stations XIII and XIV

Jesus is taken down from the cross

LEADER: We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you.
PEOPLE: Because by your holy cross, you have redeemed the world.
LEADER: When the body of Jesus is lowered from the cross, it is laid in Mary's arms. How immense her sorrow! As a mother, she remembers holding him as a child / and fleeing from Herod to protect him. She recalls the prophecy,/ "And your own soul a sword shall pierce." Her mother's heart cannot  understand  the reason, / but Mary still has hope. She trusts in the promise made to her by the angel, / that her son would save his people, / would save you and me.

PEOPLE: Sorrowful Mother, / help us to listen to the words of your son. Be with us at the hour of our death.
LEADER: Lord Jesus Crucified,
PEOPLE: Have mercy on us!

HYMN:
Oh, what sorrow, pain and anguish,
Comes to those who saw him perish,
As they take his body down.

Jesus is laid in the tomb

LEADER: We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you.
PEOPLE: Because by your holy cross, you have redeemed the world.
LEADER: "They took the body of Jesus / and wrapped it in linen cloths with the spices." This lifeless body will soon rise victorious over sin and evil.
PEOPLE: Jesus, in baptism we went down into death with you,/ and rose with you to a new life of grace. May this new life in us grow each day /so that we may conquer our selfishness, welcome and forgive all human beings, / and work to make the world a better place for all. May we so live in your resurrection / that your kingdom may be visible to all the world. Dying you destroyed our death , / rising you restored our life.
LEADER: Lord Jesus Crucified,
PEOPLE: Have mercy on us!

HYMN:
Some believe the awful journey,
Finishes all bleak and stony,
Yet a new life will rise anew.