At the cross her station keeping,
Stood the mournful Mother weeping,
Where he hung, the dying Lord.

For her soul, of joy bereaved,
Bowed with anguish, deeply grieved,
Felt the sharp and piercing sword.

O how sad and sore distressed
Now was she, that Mother blessed
Of the sole begotten one.

Deep the woe of her affliction
When she saw the crucifixion
Of her ever-glorious Son.

Who, on Christ’s dear Mother gazing,
Pierced by anguish so amazing,
Born of woman, would not weep?

Author: Jacopone, da TodiTranslator: Edward Caswall (1849, cento)

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Steve Macias
Father Steve Macias is an Anglican priest in California's Silicon Valley. He is the Headmaster of Canterbury Christian School, Rector of Saint Paul’s Anglican Church, and Archdeacon of the West Coast for the Anglican Churches of America. He is married to Sarah and the father to Athanasius, Anselm, Assumpta, Basil and Zoe. His professional work consulting with political campaigns, leading nonprofit organizations, and in the California State Capitol has been recognized by The Los Angeles Times, National Review Magazine, Our Sunday Visitor, The Chalcedon Foundation, and numerous online and print publications. You can reach him on twitter @stevemacias.