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St. Helena's is an Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Western Massachusetts. St. Helena's is partners in worship and ministry with Trinity Church in Lenox.

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245 New Lenox Road

Lenox, MA

01240

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The Fourteenth Station:

Jesus is laid in the tomb

We adore you, O Christ and we bless you:
Because by your holy cross, you have redeemed the world
Reading

When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who also was a disciple of Jesus. He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate ordered it to be given to him. And Joseph took the body, and wrapped it in a clean linen shroud, and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn in the rock; and he rolled a great stone to the door of the tomb.

Reflection

The day has now ended. Jesus has finished his earthly ministry and his body now rests in the tomb. According to the tradition, Jesus goes into the place of departed spirits and raises them with him up to heaven. In the Orthodox, Jesus is often seen standing on the broken gates of hell, arranged as a cross. He is lifting Adam and Eve out of their graves. Here at Mountain View Cemetery, let us take some time to pray for all the departed, that they will all be lifted up in the love of God.

A prayer for the departed

O God, who by the glorious resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ destroyed death, and brought life and immortality to light: Grant that your servants being raised with him, may know the strength of his presence, and rejoice in his eternal glory; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Prayer at the Fourteenth Station

V.   You will not abandon me to the grave:

R.   Nor let your holy One see corruption.

Let us pray:

 

O God, your blessed Son was laid in a tomb in a garden, and rested on the Sabbath day: Grant that we who have been buried with him in the waters of baptism may find our perfect rest in his eternal and glorious kingdom; where he lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.