Joseph [of Arimathea] bought a linen sheet, took Jesus’ body down, wrapped it in the sheet, and placed it in the tomb which had been dug out of solid rock. Then he rolled a large stone across the entrance of the tomb. Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joseph were watching and saw where the body of Jesus was laid.
Mark 15:46-47 Good News Translation
Reflection: Jesus is laid in the tomb
The darkness falls: the world is hushed.
The Cross stands bare and empty.
The stone cold tomb receives its guest.
As the Sabbath begins: Jesus is laid to rest.
The large stone makes the seal complete.
Hearts are grieving and in pain. And yet and yet;
God ordains what happens next
Lord, be with all who suffer and those who mourn.
Enter hearts sealed by sadness and grief.
Dry their tears: bless them with comfort and peace.
In the darkness there is no darkness
with you O Lord; the deepest night is clear as the day.
[words of a Taizé chant]
We adore you O Christ and we bless you
Because by your holy Cross you have redeemed the world