The Fourteenth Station
Jesus Is Laid In The Sepulchre
We see again Our Lady and her female companion of the twelfth and thirteenth stations. The two men in this tableau are probably Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus. It was they who took Jesus down from the cross –
“After these things Joseph of Arimathea, who was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, asked Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus, and Pilate gave him permission. So he came and took away his body. Nicodemus also, who earlier had come to Jesus by night, came bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds in weight. So they took the body of Jesus and bound it in linen cloths with the spices, as is the burial custom of the Jews”. [John 19:38-40]
The man in the background is holding what may be a jar of myrrh. If so, it would identify him as Nicodemus.
The dedication at the bottom of the tableau is:
|IN HONOUR OF THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS.
FROM THE CHILDREN OF THE FENOR SCHOOLS.