12 - Jesus dies on the cross

            We adore you O Christ and we bless you

All        because by your holy cross

you have redeemed the world.


Bible Reading - Mark 15:34-37

At three o’clock Jesus cried out with a loud voice, ‘Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?’ which means, ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’* 35When some of the bystanders heard it, they said, ‘Listen, he is calling for Elijah.’ 36And someone ran, filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on a stick, and gave it to him to drink, saying, ‘Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to take him down.’ 37Then Jesus gave a loud cry and breathed his last.



With a cry, he breathes his last.  It is finished and at last the unbearable suffering ends.  The sky turns black: is there an eclipse?  The death of God is a blasphemy and the deed done is breathtaking in its audacity.  Does silence fall over the area?  A community sensitive to omens and portents would not fail to notice the darkness.  Or was it like Good Friday today, people carrying on as if nothing much has taken place with their trading, preparations for the Sabbath and the business of government.  In his death God has truly embraced the suffering of the world and taken responsibility for it.  There is nothing remote about God, even in the darkest places.


Lord Jesus,

we give you thanks and praise

for in your death you embraced the darkness.

As we die with you, so may we be brought to live with you.  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.