Jesus is taken down from the cross
The royal way for the Church
From the Gospel according to Matthew
“The centurion and those with him, who were keeping watch over Jesus… said, ‘Truly this man was God’s Son!’. Many women were also there … Among them were Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James and Joseph, and the mother of the sons of Zebedee”.
- “In you, Jesus – word made flesh – we are called to be the Church of mercy.
- In you – who chose to be poor – the Church is called to be poor and the friend of the poor.
- As we contemplate your face, our own cannot be different than yours.
- Our weakness will be strength and victory, only if it reveals the humanity and meekness of our God”.
LET US PRAY
“Father, extend to the whole human family the kingdom of justice and peace which you have prepared through your only-begotten Son, our king and saviour. Thus the blessing of true peace will be granted to humanity; the poor will find justice; the afflicted will be consoled and all the peoples of the earth will be blessed in him, our Lord and our God, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, for ever and ever”.
All: Pater noster… Stabat Mater
 Mt 27:54-56.
 Cf. CARLO MARIA MARTINI, Letter Presenting the 47th Synod of the Diocese of Milan, 1 February 1995, in Parole alla Chiesa, parole alla Città, Bologna, 2002, 986-989.
 Ambrosian Liturgy of the Hours, vol. IV, Second Week of Ordinary Time, Thursday Vespers.