The land of silence and expection holds Jesus, the seed of new life
V/. We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.
From the Gospel according to John 19:40-42
They took the body of Jesus, and bound it in linen cloths with the spices, as is the burial custom of the Jews. Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden, and in the garden there was 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.
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A garden, whose colours are a symbol of life, receives the mystery of man, created and redeemed. It was in a garden that God set the man he had created, and thence banished him after the Fall. It was in a garden that the Passion of Jesus began, and now in a garden an empty tomb receives the new Adam as he returns to the earth, the maternal womb which holds the seed that dies to bear much fruit.
Pater noster, qui es in caelis:
Quando corpus morietur,
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,