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Stations of The Cross

Thirteenth Station: Jesus is taken down from the Cross

Standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother and his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary of Magdala. When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple there whom he loved, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son.” Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother.” And from that hour the disciple took her into his home. John 19: 25-27.

Sabbath was rapidly approaching and the crucified ones had to hurry and die so they could be taken down before the beginning of the Sabbath celebrations.

A soldier came and was ordered to break the legs of the living. He realized that the two thieves were still alive but Jesus appeared dead. He pierced the side of Jesus with his spear to be sure.

The crowd started to disperse, hurrying to their homes before the beginning of Sabbath or they'd be excluded from the celebration. Mary stayed under the cross with her Son.

Two men came to the soldiers with orders from Pilate, Joseph of Arimathea, and Nicodemus. Joseph had offered his burial tomb for Jesus' body.

Mary could see her Son and hug Him for the last time. Mary held the lifeless body of her Son in her arms. She wanted desperately to hear His cries as an infant but that wasn't to be. As she held onto her only Son, her heart was heavy, she was grief-stricken that this was the last time she would get to hold Him, see Him, be with Him. She didn't want to give Him up but she had to, the soldiers were waiting. She rocked Him and kissed Him gently on His blood-stained cheek. She drew Him close to her for the last time. Then, she surrendered Him to the guards.

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