Jesus is stripped of his garments
Leader: We adore thee, O Christ, and we praise thee.
All: Because by thy holy cross thou hast redeemed the world.
“Then they crucified him, and shared out his clothing, casting lots to decide what each should get.” Mark 15:24
“I am at the place of the skull. I know the temple mount is close by. I can sense the nearness of the old city walls of Jerusalem. On a good day I could see, in the distance, the Herodion, the place King Herod built as his tomb. He’s buried there. This is not a good day, and I am not looking that way. It is dark, strangely dark. The sun has set early. The sun was worn out, exhausted on this day before its due time. It is all dark. It is all over. I can only wait now, wait for another sun to rise….”