Monday, 30 June 2008

XIII. Jesus is taken down from the Cross

XIII. Jesus is taken down from the cross

We adore you O Christ and we praise you
Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world

It was now evening, and since it was preparation day - that is, the day before the Sabbath -there came Joseph of Arimathea, a prominent member of the council, who himself lived in hope of seeing the Kingdom of God, and he boldly went into the presence of Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Pilate, astonished that he should have died so soon, summoned the Centurion and enquired if he had been dead for some time. Having been assured of this by the Centurion, he granted the corpse to Joseph who brought a shroud, took Jesus down from the cross, wrapped him in the shroud and laid him a tomb which had been hewn out of rock. He then rolled a stone against the entrance of the tomb. Mary of Magdala and Mary the mother of Joset took note of where he was laid.

Mark 15: 42 - 47

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