The Fifth Station: The Cross is laid on Simon of Cyrene
We adore thee, O Christ, and we bless thee. Because by thy holy cross thou hast redeemed the world.
As they led Jesus away, they came upon a man of Cyrene, Simon by name, who was coming in from the country, and laid on him the cross to carry it behind Jesus. "If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; fy my yoke is easy, and my burden is light."
Heavenly Father, whose blessed Son came not to be served but to serve: Bless all who, following in his steps, give themselves to the service of others; that with wisdom, patience, and courage, they may minister in his Name to the suffering, the friendless, and the needy; for the love of him who laid down his life for us, thy Son our Savior Jesus Christ, Amen.
Holy God, Holy and Mighty, Holy Immortal One, Have mercy upon us.
Saw him then from judgment taken,
And in death by all forsaken,
Till his Spirit he resigned.
Next: The Sixth Station: A woman wipes the face of Jesus
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