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Stations of the Cross.
The Crucifixion. Station 12.
Jesus Dies on the Cross.
When Jesus saw His mother and John, the two people whom He loved the most, He said to Mary tenderly: “Woman, behold thy son.” And entrusting Mary to care of John, He said: “Behold thy mother.”
Now began the darkest hours of Jesus' suffering. He was astride a kind of support which prevented His transfixed limbs being torn from the spikes by the weight of His body. But the weight of His weary arms alone deepened the wounds of the nails and crushed the plexus of tiny nerves in His palms, so that the slightest movement intensified His agony a thousandfold.
Toward the end He cried aloud: “My God, my God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?”
The title over the head of Christ on the cross was meant to be a description of His crime, the reason for His shameful death. But, as the providence of God arranged it, the title accurately expressed Christ's position as head of the old Israel and of the new Israel, His church.
My dying Jesus, I kiss devoutly the Cross on which Thou didst die for love of me. I have merited by my sins to die a miserable death, but Thy death is my hope. Ah, by the merits of Thy death, give me grace to die, embracing Thy feet, and burning with love for Thee. I commit my soul into Thy hands. I love Thee with my whole heart; I repent of ever having offended Thee. Never permit me to offend Thee again. Grant that I may love Thee always; and then do with me what Thou wilt.
Via Crucis. The Way of the Cross
Via Dolorosa. Good Friday - Catholic Art.
February 7th, 2009
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