Meanwhile, standing near the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing beside her, he said to his mother, “Woman, here is your son.” Then he said to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” And from that hour the disciple took her into his own home.
After this, when Jesus knew that all was now finished, he said (in order to fulfill the scripture), “I am thirsty.” A jar full of sour wine was standing there. So they put a sponge full of the wine on a branch of hyssop and held it to his mouth. When Jesus had received the wine, he said, “It is finished.” Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
Communion of Reparation
(for Our Lady of Sorrows)
Great as the sea is thy sorrow
O wide expanse of lonely gray,
endless to sight
and deep beyond the sounding
of our shallow hearts,
how can we comfort thee?
Great as the sea, and silent
as a morning after storm.
beside the shore’s wild wreckage,
O grief-worn waters,
what comfort can we bring?
O great like the sea, and profound!
O great, and as the sea, so stilled!
O Sorrow of Mary,
the infinite Heart of God alone
can comfort thee.
Sr. Mary Julian Baird, R.S.M.
Photos: Sarah Price
Stations of the Cross, Station XIII (Grace Cathedral, San Francisco CA)
Seated Mary, Richmond Hill (Richmond, VA)