The image shows the Fourteenth Station of the Cross from our chapel, with our Lady and either Joseph of Arimathaea, or Nicodemus – they were both present, according to St John – laying our Lord in the tomb.

In this time of pandemic, in which so many have died worldwide, it is good to place the departed alongside our Lord’s own death, in the sure and certain knowledge that death is not the final word. As we pray for our loved ones who have died, we set our hope and trust in God.

As St John Henry Newman prayed: ‘O Lord, support us all the day long of this troublous life, until the shadows lengthen, and the evening comes, and the busy world is hushed, and the fever of life is over, and our work is done. Then, Lord, in thy mercy, grant us a safe lodging, a holy rest, and peace at the last. Amen’.

May God bless you with His Peace this day.