Rogier van der Weyden (1399/1400–1464), “Christ on the Cross with Mary and St. John”
Museo del Prado, Madrid
Courtesy Wikimedia Commons

For Fr. Alan

As she stood beside the Crucifix
She received a portion of His power
Her sorrow burning like the candle wick
On the altar of the sacred hour

When His resurrection is regained
By the consecration of His peace
All the wounds of murder are unstained
Even as the suffering has ceased

If she takes the Cross by standing there
We receive the profit of the pain
Which she carries with her everywhere
To all who stand beside her to their gain

For though they take the torment of the woe
It is her loving presence that they know