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The Thirteenth Station
THE BODY OF JESUS IS TAKEN DOWN FROM THE CROSS

Pr.: We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You.

All: Because by your holy Cross You have redeemed the world.

Pr.: When the soldiers came to Jesus,
they saw that he was already dead so that they did not break his legs,
but one of them opened his side with a lance,
and immediately there came out blood and water.
Joseph of Arimathea, because he was a disciple of Jesus
(although a secret one for fear of the Jews),
besought Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus.
And Pilate gave permission.
(John 19: 33-34, 38)

All: O my people, I will open your graves and have you rise from them,
and I will bring you back to your land.
Then you shall know that I am the Lord.
O my people! I will put my spirit in you that you may live.
You shall know then that I am the Lord.
I have promised it, and I will do it, says the Lord.
(Ezekiel 37: 12-14)

Pr.: Beloved Savior, You returned the Father all that he had given You,
so that He might restore all to You a hundred-fold in glorious resurrection.
Help us we beg You, to give generously of ourselves in all that we do for You,
so that we might be made perfect in a new resurrection.

All: Amen.

Sing: Jesus, Lord, your gift accepted,
In three days You resurrected,
You did first what we shall do.

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