12 - Jesus on the cross; his mother and his friend

            We adore you O Christ and we bless you

All        because by your holy cross

you have redeemed the world.


Bible Reading – John 19:26-27

When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing beside her, he said to his mother, ‘Woman, here is your son.’ 27Then he said to the disciple, ‘Here is your mother.’ And from that hour the disciple took her into his own home.



Does it help to see your mother at the foot of the cross while in the throws of death?  He is not alone and she can do this one last thing for him: accompany him in his final hours.  It is torture to see him go through this.  That sword Simeon spoke of in the temple so many years before at his presentation is piercing her very soul and nothing can dull its pain.  No parent wants to see their child die before them.  Many do, in infancy, through warfare and violence, through tragedy and illness; sometimes because of what they have done and sometimes because of others’ hatred.  In the back of her mind where does Mary place her son right now?  “What have you done?”  Anger or sorrow, perhaps?  Defeat that she is unable to protect?  These tears are the rawest.  His thought is of care and Mary and John are commended to mutual support.


Lord Jesus,

we give you thanks and praise

for from the cross you ensured the care of those closest to you. 

Be with all parents whose hearts have been pierced

by the loss of a child.  Amen.



            O Saviour of the world

who by your cross and precious blood redeemed us

All        Save us and help us we humbly beseech you, O Lord.