Today is the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows. So, on this day, after the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross, we conclude our brief work.
It was necessary to work swiftly. It was time for Mary to feel the particular pain of Christ’s piercing sword through His burial.
Romans - People - God - Man - Darkness
The Romans and the people had committed what she knew was homicidal deicide: they had, all had, collectively killed the God made Man. Darkness fell and the earth shook at the Creator’s demise. Rocks cracked and the earth gave up the dead. It is time for the New Eve – theotokos – to take the New Adam from the Death Tree and plant in the earth as the new Life Tree, soon to bear first fruit – prototokos – for a New Eden.
Romans usually left corpses on crosses to be picked over by the crows and vultures and insects. But this was a special day and they had orders from Pilate. There would be **** to pay if these guys were still visible after sunset. One can image the gentle words of the soldiers of the occupying Roman force: “Please, if you don’t mind, just try to speed things up a little?” In fact, they probably urged them along with the help of their pila, at least when the Centurion wasn’t looking. Thus, all of the well-wishers and followers of the Lord who had made it to this point, the Gospel talks of the women who came from Galilee, leapt into action.
Care - Body - Lord - Cloths - Tomb
They had to take care of the Body of the Lord at least by wrapping it in linen cloths and getting it into a tomb.
Here is an image to take with you to Holy Mass. Bede was careful to point out that we consecrate the Lord’s Body not on silk or...
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