13. Jesus is taken down from the cross
adore you, O Christ, and we bless you,
because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.
When evening had come, and since it was the day of Preparation, that is, the day before the sabbath, Joseph of Arimathea, a respected member of the council, who was also himself waiting expectantly for the kingdom of God, went boldly to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate wondered if he were already dead; and summoning the centurion, he asked him whether he had been dead for some time. When he learned from the centurion that he was dead, he granted the body to Joseph.
She watched them drag their bodies from the room. So much life cut short, so much love.
Lord, we thank you
that in the hardest times
there is friendship, steadfastness and courage.
We remember before you those for whom
there will be no tomb, no inscription,
but still known and loved by you.