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Friday, March 15, 2013

The Twelfth Station of the Cross

The Twelfth Station: Jesus Dies on the Cross – reflections by Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC

Narrator:  After hanging on the cross for about three hours, Jesus finally delivered His Spirit, bowed His head and died.  His mother, Mary, was present along with a few other, keeping vigil with Jesus.  His death brought with it a sense of relief that his horrible agony was at last finished.  A soldier pierced the side of Jesus with a lance, and blood and water flowed.  A centurion in the crowd cried out: “Surely this man was the Son of God.”  The news spread quickly throughout the surrounding towns, and some of the chief priests and soldiers became very much afraid. 

All:  Loving Lord, from the cross You gave Mary as our Mother, You forgave the ignorance of the soldiers, You thirsted for souls, and surrendered to the will of Your Father.  You died so that we could live forever.  Lamb of God, You take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.  O Christ, You are the Savior of the world. Amen.