The Thirteenth Station
Jesus Is Taken Down from the Cross

students portraying Jesus being taken down from the cross

We adore You O’ Christ and We praise You … Because by Your Holy Cross, You have redeemed the World.

After Jesus died, people began leaving the place where He was crucified. Many were sad because they love Jesus very much. One of Jesus’ friends, Joseph, took Our Lord’s lifeless body from the cross. Joseph prepared Jesus’ body for burial.

There are times when we are saddened by the death of someone we love very much. Feeling sad and crying are very normal. We need to remember that death is the beginning of a new life with God. This new life will last forever. Even though we may be hurting when someone we love dies, we can take comfort in knowing that they are with Jesus and that they will be happy forever.

Dear Lord, help us to understand that death is the beginning of a new and better life. This new life is a happy one that will last forever. Jesus death on the cross made all of this possible. Help us to thank Jesus for giving up His life for us.

Lord Jesus crucified … Have mercy on us.

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Updated April 7, 2017