THE FIFTH STATION
SIMON HELPS JESUS
TO CARRY HIS CROSS
We adore you, O Christ,
and we bless you
Because by your holy cross
you have redeemed the world.
FROM SACRED SCRIPTURE
Gospel of Matthew 27: 32; 16: 24
As they were going out,
they met a Cyrenian named Simon;
this man they pressed into service
to carry his cross.
Then Jesus said to his disciples,
“Whoever wishes to come after me
must deny himself,
take up his cross,
and follow me.”
you opened the eyes and heart
of Simon of Cyrene,
and you gave him,
by his share in your Cross,
the grace of faith.
Help us to aid our neighbors in need,
even when this interferes
with our own plans and desires.
Help us to realize that it is a grace
to be able to share the cross of others
and, in this way,
know that we are walking with you
along the way.
Help us to appreciate with joy that,
when we share in your suffering
and the sufferings of this world,
we become servants of salvation
and are able to help build up your Body,
At the cross her station keeping
Stood the mournful Mother weeping
Close to Jesus to the last