Jesus is taken down from the Cross

The lifeless body of Jesus reclines in John’s arms, while Mary, arms outstretched, reaches for her Son. The burial cloth already draped over the Cross, carries the traditional intimation that Jesus is no longer dead, but risen. On the rock appear two of the five traditional symbols of the Passion, the nails and crown of thorns, though without the lance, dice and hyssop stick that feature for instance, on the cross near the Monastery front gate. A flower reappears.

To the right of the path from the Thirteenth Station was a well, from the time of “The Glen”. Long since dried up and filled in, it features yet in the memory of some of the oldest surviving Passionists – in existence perhaps as late as the 1930’s.

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