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Beloved brothers and sisters in Christ,

What a privileged ministry we partake of today. In this most emotional and sensitive service of Holy Week, we are invited to share in the Burial of our Lord Jesus Christ.

I call it a privilege, because there were very few who were present to take down His Divine Body from the Cross. By the time the Lord had willingly bowed His head and expired, the people were already dispersing. They knew the final injury to the one condemned was to leave the exposed body on the Cross – even for days. Perhaps, a soldier was left to make sure no one spared the dead this indignity, but most had left the hill of Holy Golgotha.