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Thursday, March 21, 2013

The Fourteenth Station of the Cross

The Fourteenth Station:  Jesus is Buried in the Tomb – reflections by Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC

Narrator: Mary, Joseph, and Nicodemus brought the body of Jesus to the tomb and prepared it for burial.  Mary arranged the body with fragrant aloes and spices and wrapped it with cloth and linen.  When they completed their work, the stone was rolled in place and the tomb was sealed.  Because the chief priests recalled what had been said about Jesus, they demanded that soldiers be assigned to guard the tomb so that it would be impossible for someone to steal the body and claim that Jesus had been raised.  Pilate granted their wish, and two guards were placed near the tomb.  Now it was getting dark, and the time for waiting was to begin.  According to scripture, Jesus was not yet finished with His work.

All:  Merciful Lord, by Your three days in the tomb, You sanctified the graves of all those who have fallen asleep, overturned the citadel of Satan, and opened the way for us to eternal joys of heaven.  There was no sepulcher that could ever hold You, no guards who could imprison You, or stone that could impede Your glorious Resurrection.  Jesus You are an eternal spring and a sun that never sets.  O Christ, You are the Savior of the world. Amen.