13 Jesus is Taken Down from the Cross

April 21, 2011

We Walk with the Lord
on the Way of the Cross

We praise you, O Christ,
and we bless you
Because by your Cross
You have redeemed the world.

Lord, you are the unblemished lamb,
Your blood is poured out for us.
Lord Jesus, have mercy on us.

Soldiers now come and break the legs
Of the two crucified with you.
Your legs they do not break,
For you are already dead.
But one of the soldiers pierces your side,
And at once blood and water flow out.
After this Pilate allows Joseph of Arimathaea
To take your body down from the cross.

You gave your all for us,
Every last drop of your blood,
As the unblemished Lamb of Sacrifice.

Lord, your body you gave up for us,
Your blood you poured out for us,
You are the Savior of the world!

For the times I refuse to open my heart
To the poor, the needy, and the suffering;
As I see your blood poured out for me,
I ask forgiveness.
Lord Jesus, be merciful to me, a sinner!

By Patrick Sayles, SSC, The Prayer Trust