Jesus Dies on the Cross
Painting by Jen Norton
There is no getting around the death. With head bowed, Jesus breathes his last. It is finished, and in this moment, we gaze upon the humility of our God, whose love will defeat death. As the earth shakes and rocks are split, the cross remains, and the redemptive power of love takes root.
The death of someone you know is never a statistic, but rather the story of someone whose name you will never hear shouted again across a crowded field, or enjoined in a joke, or whispered on a pillow. Grief is its own disease with an uncertain outcome for each of us. What or who have you lost?
In this pandemic, we remember in a special way, all who have died, particularly those who have died alone, and those who have died with no one to pray for them. We remember that Jesus died on the cross so that we do not have to face death alone. He is present, and his redemptive love accompanies us home.
Pray in silence for the souls of Michael Randall, Doug Phillips, Nancy Lambdin, Helen Greear and all who have died in this pandemic.
When you’re ready, offer this prayer and move to the next station.
Prayer: We adore you, O Christ and we bless you. Because by your Holy Cross, you have redeemed the world. Amen.