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Station 13

Jesus Is Removed From the Cross


Debbie McLean

Painting by Jen Norton

At the end of the day, he died alongside two other humans. The hands that remove the body of Jesus do not belong to a close friend, or family member, but were outside his intimate circle, yet they removed his body and offered him mercy at the time of his death. How could they treat this event with such a sense of the ordinary?


For Reflection:


One day “this” will be over. How do you plan to preserve what was divine in all of it, and not allow it to be just one more page in history?




In the midst of this pandemic, we remember again the compassion of all nurses, doctors, and healthcare workers who accompany patients as they die. Although not part of their intimate circle, they are there to offer mercy at the time of death. We pray in gratitude for all morgue workers, funeral homes, and all who labor to care for the dead. 


Pray in silence for those who bring dignity to those who have died.



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.

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