The Fifth Station: Simon of Cyrene Helps Jesus to Carry His Cross
We adore you O Christ and we praise you.
Because by your Holy Cross you have redeemed the world.
In this station we remember all the anonymous people who help us.
‘They compelled Simon of Cyrene to help Jesus carry the cross’ (Luke 23:26).
As casual by-passers and bystanders,
we often turn away from the station of suffering.
The unforeseen is always possible. Circumstances shape our lives.
We carry another’s crosses,
not by choice, but by the chance accidents of life.
Simone of Cyrene, the foreigner, the migrant, the outsider is the patron saint of all those who take up another’s cross.
Simon is a dedicated person of quiet service and calm deliberation.
‘Oh, we have gladly heard your Word,
your holy Word, and now in answer, Lord,
our gifts we bring.
Our selfish hearts make true, our failing faith renew, our lives belong to you, our Lord and King.’
(Hymn: ‘In Bread We Bring You Lord’, composed by Kevin Nichols)
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us …
(‘Hail Redeemer King’ (Words written by Fr. Patrick Brennen, C.SS.R. (1931-1982) and music was composed by W.H. Grattan Flood in 1927.)
Hail Redeemer, King divine!
Priest and Lamb, the throne is thine;
King, whose reign shall never cease,
Prince of everlasting peace. Refrain:
Angels, saints and nations sing :
“Praised be Jesus Christ our King;
Lord of life, earth, sky and sea,
King of love on Calvary!”
King, whose name creation thrills,
Rule our hearts, our minds, our wills;
Till in peace, each nation rings
With Thy praises, King of kings.