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The Fourteenth Station

The Burial of Jesus

The tomb of Jesus, sealed by a massive round stone


Bible Reading

When it was already evening, since it was the day of preparation, the day before the Sabbath, Joseph of Arimathea, a distinguished member of the council, who was himself awaiting the kingdom of God... courageously went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Pilate was amazed that he was already dead. He summoned the centurion and asked him if Jesus had already died. And when he learned of it from the centurion he gave the body to Joseph. Having bought a linen cloth, he took him down, wrapped him in the linen cloth and laid him in a tomb that had been hewn out of the rock. Then he rolled a stone against the entrance to the tomb. Mark 15:42-46



Starting on Good Friday, the Church enters into a brief period of grief, a time of mourning that looks with hope to the joy of the resurrection that will be proclaimed and celebrated on Easter Sunday. We grieve in much the same way when someone we love dies. There are tears and sorrow, of course, but rays of hope and belief in a later reunion brings us comfort, understanding and strength.


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