It is a poor tortured body that his faithful ones now unfasten from the cross and place in the arms of Mary. The blows, the thorns, the lash, the nails, the spear have all left their mark. As his friends embraced him for the last time, they must have thought of the ancient prophecy: “Surely he has borne our infirmities and carried our diseases ... he was wounded for our transgressions and crushed for our iniquities...”.
Crucified Lord, draw us more deeply into unity
as members of your Body throughout the world.
Unite us in the sympathy of love
and in a communion of faith,
so that your Church will be purified in holiness
and be a sign to the nations.
Though we are earthen vessels,
make us witnesses
to the peace, the healing and the hope
you offer to all creation.