Jesus is placed in the tomb
V. We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.
From the Gospel according to John 19:41-42
Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb where no one had ever been laid. So because of the Jewish day of Preparation, as the tomb was close at hand, they laid Jesus there.
A deep silence surrounds Calvary. John, in his Gospel, tells us that at Calvary there was a garden containing an unused tomb. It was there that the disciples of Jesus laid his body.
That Jesus, whom they had only slowly come to recognize as God made man, is there, a corpse. In this unfamiliar solitude they are lost, not knowing what to do or how to act. They can only console, encourage and draw close to one another. Yet precisely there the faith of the disciples begins to deepen, as they remember all the things which Jesus said and did while in their midst, and which they had understood only in part.
There they begin to be Church, as they await the resurrection and the outpouring of the Spirit. With them is the mother of Jesus, Mary, whom her son had entrusted to John. They gather together with her and around her. And they wait. They wait for the Lord to appear.
We know that three days later that body rose again. Jesus thus lives for ever and accompanies us, personally, on our earthly pilgrimage, amid joys and tribulations.
Pater noster, qui es in caelis:
Quando corpus morietur,
The Holy Father addresses those present.
At the end of his address, His Holiness imparts the Apostolic Blessing:
Sit nomen Domini benedictum.
Adiutorium nostrum in nomine Domini.
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,