“…[H]e said, ‘It is finished.’; and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.” John 19: 30
Mary, the Mother of God, receiving the dead body of Jesus Christ your Son taken down from the cross and laid in your arms, receive us, to whom He had given His life, and lay us with Him upon your sinless heart.
We are sinners, but save us from despondency and despair: Save us from the morbidity which kills the soul. Save us from dwelling on the past. Take our heads into your hands and turn them gently to look upon the light of God. Let us feel the warmth and radiance of that healing sun, although we are still too weak to bear the blaze of its glory.
By the dead body of Christ laid in your arms, save us from the death of sin. Ask our Heavenly Father, whose will is your will, to restore us to life, to Christ’s life in our souls, so that in each one of us you may see your only child, the Child Jesus, and give us the heaven of your tender love.
By the passion and death of your only Son, give us His life. Make us new,give us the trust of children, give us the childhood of Christ. Grant to us, Virgin Mother, a new heaven and a new earth, because we see with His eyes, hear with His ears, work with His hands, walk on His feet, trust with His trust in His Heavenly Father, and love with His heart.
— Caryll Houselander