V/. We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.
From the Gospel according to Matthew 27:57-60
When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who also was a disciple of Jesus. He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate ordered it to be given to him. And Joseph took the body, and wrapped it in a clean linen shroud, and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn in the rock; and he rolled a great stone to the door of the tomb, and departed.
With the stone that seals the entrance to the tomb, it all appears to be over. Yet could the Author of life remain a prisoner of death? This is why the tomb of Jesus, from that time forward, has not only been the object of the most intense devotion, but has also provoked the deepest divisions of minds and hearts. Herein lies the parting of the ways between those who believe in Christ and those who do not, even if many of them consider him an extraordinary man.
Soon that tomb would remain empty, and it has never been possible to find a convincing explanation for the fact of its being empty other than the one given by the witnesses to Jesus’s resurrection from the dead, from Mary Magdalen to Peter and the other Apostles.
Let us halt in prayer before the tomb of Jesus, asking God for the eyes of faith so that we too can become witnesses of his resurrection. Thus may the way of the cross become for us too a wellspring of life.
Pater noster, qui es in cælis:
Quando corpus morietur,
ADDRESS OF THE HOLY
At the end of his address, the Holy Father imparts the Apostolic Blessing:
V/. Dominus vobiscum.
V/. Sit nomen Domini benedictum.
V/. Adiutorium nostrum in nomine Domini.
V/. Benedicat vos omnipotens Deus,
R. Crux fidelis, inter omnes arbor una nobilis,
1. Pange, lingua, gloriosi prœlium certaminis,
2. De parentis protoplasti fraude factor condolens,