14. Jesus is laid in the tomb
adore you, O Christ, and we bless you,
because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.
So Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a clean linen cloth and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn in the rock. He then rolled a great stone to the door of the tomb and went away. Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were there, sitting opposite the tomb.
Now safe in this place she experiences grief at so much loss: her parents so far away, her home gone for ever. She is alone, a stranger in a strange land.
Lord, we pray for all who grieve,
for those who feel sad and alone.
Sometimes it is hard for us to see
beyond the tomb to the resurrection.
Help us to remember that your love
has power to heal,
to transform our suffering, and
to bring forth beauty and hope.