13. Jesus Dies on the Cross
For this station, it is appropriate now to pause in complete silence: standing, sitting, or kneeling as we are physically able, our heads bowed.
We keep silence for some moments.
Leader: We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.
All: Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.
Quiet moment of asking: to know, interiorly, the redemptive power of this cruel death; that this death is not the end even although the suffering we have seen has horrified us. Ask to know, deeply, how Jesus finally understands that he is about to die and how this moves him to speak these extraordinary final words.
It is accomplished, Lord; I can only watch in profound sadness, and perhaps I cannot even do that. When you breathed your last, all was silence. With your help we might begin to understand that in this silence is not emptiness, meaninglessness, but a journey from this world to the Father, to the heart of the Trinity.
It was now about the sixth hour and the sun’s light failed, so that darkness came over the whole land until the ninth hour. The veil of the Sanctuary was torn right down the middle. Jesus cried out in a loud voice saying, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” With these words he breathed his last.
Luke 23: 44-46
NOTICE – A silent contemplation moment
We should all pray quietly for a moment, kneeling if we are physically able, while we think about the death of Jesus on the cross … let St. Luke’s words gently be repeated in our hearts, “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit”.
Good and Gracious God, you gave your body and your human life to us, even though we had sinned and had not followed your ways. You still offer us your Body and Blood every time we gather for Mass with the community of our parish. Your Son was killed for us so that we might have your life in us. Help us to appreciate what you have done for us in your Christ. Bless all the people we love who have died and who are with you in heaven. And help us to know that death is not the end but a new beginning, for us and for all your people.
We have contemplated the saviour as he was crucified and as he died. We cannot forget the sight of those wounds and scars but among them, in his side, is one that flows with his life-giving blood for us in his church. Directly from his sacred heart, blood and water flowed. The people of God have understood that this is the fountain of sacramental life in the church. From the pierced heart of the saviour, at the moment of his total abandonment and utter loneliness, our
Lord, be with us now and at the hour of our own death. Help us to see that you died for us, for the people you call your own. Help us to say what you said: “Father, into your hands I give my whole life”.
Together we pray; Lord, we want to walk beside you in your suffering. Forgive us; and help us to see you in the suffering of the poor.