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Stations of The Cross

Fourteenth Station: The body of Jesus is laid in the Sepulchre

When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who was himself a disciple of Jesus. He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus; then Pilate ordered it to be handed over.

John, Joseph of Arimathea, Nocodemus, and His mother Mary, made their way from Calvary with Jesus' body to His burial tomb. They bound it in linen wrappings with the spices, as is the burial custom of the Jews (John 19: 40),  and laid it in his new tomb that he had hewn in the rock.

Mary, who had cradled the infant Jesus so lovingly now holds, in a similar way, the corpse of her son who has died so cruelly in the prime of his manhood.

Then they rolled a huge stone across the entrance to the tomb and departed. Matthew 27: 57-60

Calvary was silent. People had returned to their homes to prepare for the Sabbath.

Some soldiers approached. They had been ordered to guard the tomb. The members of the Sanhedrin were afraid that His body might be taken. The soldiers settled down to a night of joking and wine drinking in front of the tomb of Jesus.


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