Stations of the Cross - Station 5

Posted on the 2nd Apr 2021 in the category Resources

Jesus is helped by Simon of Cyrene


Read the Scripture


We adore You, O Christ, and we bless You.

Because by Your holy cross You have redeemed the world.


from the Gospel according to St Matthew 16.24; 27.32

Then Jesus told His disciples, ‘If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.


As they went out, they came upon a man from Cyrene named Simon; they compelled this man to carry His cross.


from the Gospel according to St Mark 15.21

They compelled a passer-by, who was coming in from the country, to carry His cross; it was Simon of Cyrene, the father of Alexander and Rufus.


from the Gospel according to St Luke 23.26

As they led him away, they seized a man, Simon of Cyrene, who was coming from the country, and they laid the cross on him, and made him carry it behind Jesus.


Thanks be to God.


Meditate on the Scripture


The cross is an obstacle: for those who do not have the courage to detach themselves from themselves, and to put themselves in the Father’s hands. An obstacle for those who are not willing to live solidarity with Christ and with their brothers; for those who demand automatic solutions to all problems; for those who see the pain of others as a burden to be left on the shoulders of others, rather than a challenge to closeness and empathy. For them it remains a pure symbol of mute pain. And so it is whenever we encounter the cross in our churches, or in our homes, or carry it on us without having the courage to take it up and carry it, like Simon, together with Jesus.



Pray to the Lord


Let us pray to the Lord of glory, who saved us by the shedding of His own blood.

Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy … [Kyrie eleison. Kyrie eleison. …]


Lord Jesus, that You have obtained for us reconciliation and peace: Lord, have mercy. …


Lord Jesus, You died once and for all and now You live for God: Lord, have mercy. …


Lord Jesus, Christ crucified, the power and wisdom of God: Lord, have mercy. …



Contemplate …


This is the time when Christ visits the soul.



Store up the Lord’s word to you


O God, You draw close to the suffering of mankind in Your fatherly love, and unite us to the victory of Your Son: give us patience and courage in all our trials so that we may be enlightened from the hope that saves us; through the same Christ our Lord.


O holy Mary pray for us:  that the wounds your Son endured, which pierced your soul also,

may be imprinted in our hearts, and revealed in lives of mercy and peace.

2021 Stations of the Cross - Station 5