5th Station – Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus to carry the cross
Leader: We adore You, O Christ, and we bless You.All: Because by Your Holy Cross, You have redeemed the world.
As the strength of Jesus fails, and he is unable to proceed, the executioners seize and compel Simon of Cyrene to carry His cross. The grace of that cross changes the Cyrenean’s heart and from the compulsory task, it becomes a privilege and joy.
O Lord Jesus, may it be our privilege to bear our cross. May we glory in nothing else; by the cross, may the world be crucified unto us, and we unto the world. May we never shrink from suffering but rather rejoice if we should be counted worthy to suffer for your name’s sake.
• Our Father
• Hail Mary
• Glory Be
Leader: May the souls of all the faithful departed.All: Through the mercy of God rest in peace.
May they rest in peaceAmen.