Presider: We adore you, O Most Holy Lord Jesus Christ, here and in all of your churches throughout the whole world.
All: And we praise you, because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.
Presider: Jesus, what a moment of sadness and despair. As your mother receives your body into her arms, so deep the sadness must be. Yet, where we are weak you are strong. It is at the end of your earthly life that the promise of eternal life for all of humanity begins to ﬂower.
All: Lord Jesus, part of life is death and we know that by experiencing it through the death of our loved ones. Recalling your death and reﬂecting on your lifeless body being taken from the cross reminds us of trips to the funeral home and painful rides to the cemetery. By modern standards your life was short. But in the scope of human history it was so full that its mystery continues to bafﬂe, inspire, and change hearts. Thank you for living your life to the full-full of love for everyone.