The Thirteenth Station:
The body of Jesus is placed in the arms of his mother
We adore you, O Christ and we bless you:
Because by your holy cross, you have redeemed the world
All you who pass by, behold and see if there is any sorrow like my sorrow. My eyes are spent with weeping; my soul is in tumult; my heart is poured out in grief because of the downfall of my people. “Do not call me Naomi (which means Pleasant), call me Mara (which means Bitter); for the Almighty has dealt very bitterly with me.”
Late that afternoon, there was still work to be done. Jesus body was on the cross and it needed to be buried. Someone needed to help take him down. Someone needed to be with Mary as she mourned the death of her first child. Very few of us has had to bury a child, but we all have a sense of the pain and the sorrow she must have felt. Mourning and grief are the wholes that are left behind when we lose someone we love. Here at Roche Funeral Home, let us pray for those who mourn and for those who comfort them. Let us pray especially for those who have left behind difficult and broken relationships and those who have no one to mourn for them.
A prayer for those who mourn
Most merciful God, whose wisdom is beyond our understanding: Deal graciously with your children in their grief.
Surround them with your love, that they may not be overwhelmed by their loss, but have confidence in your
goodness, and strength to meet the days to come; bless those who give comfort in time of trial, and send your holy angels to be with all those who have no one to mourn them, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Prayer at the Thirteenth Station
V. Her tears run down her cheeks:
R. And she has none to comfort her.
Let us pray:
Lord Jesus Christ, by your death you took away the sting of death: Grant to us your servants so to follow in faith where you have led the way, that we may at length fall asleep peacefully in you and wake up in your likeness; for your tender mercies’ sake. Amen.