Virgin of the Seven Sorrows, late 16th century
…because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.
Holy Saturday Prayer
to be Joined with Christ in Death
Your sorrowing Mother stood by Your Cross;
help us in our sorrows
to share Your sufferings.
Like the seed buried in the ground,
You have produced the harvest of eternal life for us;
make us always dead to sin and alive to God.
Shepherd of all,
in death you remained hidden from the world;
teach us to love our hidden spiritual life
with You and the Father.
In Your role as the new Adam,
You went down among the dead
to release all the just there since the beginning;
grant that all who are dead in sin
may hear Your voice and rise to new life.
Son of the living God,
You have allowed us through baptism
to be buried with You;
grant that we may also rise with You in baptism
and walk in newness of life.
Kelley Mooney’s Spiritual Lyrical Adaptation of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” Song
The Deposition, by Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo, 1772
…for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.
Burial of Christ, by Carl Heinrich Bloch, 1800’s
And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.
Christ on the Cross Between the Two Thieves, by Peter Paul Rubens, 1619-1620
Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;
Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God.
Matthew 27:50-51, 54