The following excerpts come from The Way of the Cross written by Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen and published by Our Sunday Visitor (1982).
JESUS IS LAID IN THE TOMB
“The glory of His birth was hidden in the least of the cities of Israel. The meaning of His death was hidden from human eyes in the greatest city of this world. Born in a stranger’s cave, buried in a stranger’s grave: thus did Christ teach us that human birth and human death were equally foreign to Him. For those things are foreign to God.”
“Sweet Jesus … With the joy of your resurrection before me, I ask for the strength to endure my cross and to share in your suffering, until that next resurrection day, when, in the heavenly Jerusalem, all tears shall be wiped away. I pray also, O Lord, for all whom this world rejects, and to whom it denies any hospitality. Welcome them, loving Savior, into your kingdom, where you reign forever and ever. Amen.”