V - Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus carry his cross
Fifth Station of the Cross
SIMON OF CYRENE HELPS JESUS CARRY HIS CROSS
V/. We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.
R/. Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.
A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke:
“And as they led Jesus away, they seized one Simon of Cyrene, who was coming in from the country, and laid on him the cross, to carry it behind Jesus.” (Lk 23: 26)
Points for reflection:
In some way, circumstances force Simon of Cyrene to carry a cross not his own.
Recall any similar experience. How did it feel? What did it mean?
Let us pray for the grace of obedience “when the cross comes into our lives.”
Reflections adapted from a Way of the Cross version posted by the Vatican's Office for the Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff, as written by Sr Maria Rita Piccione, OSA, president of the Our Lady of Good Counsel Federation of Augustinian Monasteries in Italy.
* Instrumental music from the "Vespers" album series courtesy of Jesuit Music Ministry/Jesuit Communications Foundation Inc.
** 360-degree photo of the Parish of Our Lady of the Assumption in Maragondon, Cavite by Fung Yu.
*** Photos of stained glass windows featuring various stations of the cross by Hubert Pacheco, taken at the Shrine of St Therese of the Child Jesus, Pasay City.