Jesus is Taken Down from the Cross

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We adore thee O Christ, and we bless you. 
Because of your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

Standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother and his Mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clophas, and Mary Magdalene... The soldiers came to Jesus and when they saw he was already dead, they did not break his legs. But one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear.

Jesus is taken down from the cross and his mother accepting the pain that his Son bore for the sake of the world – is there to receive him in her bosom. Each of the seven swords which transfixed the heart of the mother was Mary’s renewed assent to her Son’s sufferings. It is beyond human comprehension that a person should say "yes" to everything, even to the most harrowing pain.

In her unconditional "yes" Mary becomes the "redeemed earth", capable of receiving on her lap the dead body of the Redeemer.  This scene wrapped in silence reveals that Christ’s passion was not suffered in vain: Mary in this moment of weariness and infinite sorrow, represents humanity who accepts with gratitude heaven’s blessings.

Our Father...

Let me mingle tears with you
Mourning him who mourned for me
All the days that I may live.