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Station 5

Simon of Cyrene Helps Jesus Carry His Cross


Paul Kimball

Painting by Jen Norton

Simon of Cyrene is not a friend or acquaintance of Jesus. He is no family member nor disciple. He is simply a passerby, drawn in to help Jesus because time and space put them together. No longer able to carry his cross alone, Simon is asked to help Jesus, because he is nearby.


For Reflection:


How have you been able to be present to the suffering of someone else during this time? How has someone helped share your own suffering?




During this pandemic, there are many following in the footsteps of Simon of Cyrene. We remember in particular all doctors, nurses, and healthcare workers, who like Simon are asked to help carry the heavy crosses of patients, who are neither their friends nor family. And this often results in their need to distance themselves from their own families.


Pray in silence for all doctors, nurses, and healthcare workers.


When you’re ready, offer this prayer and move to the next station.


Prayer: We adore you, O Christ and we bless you. Because by your Holy Cross, you have redeemed the world. Amen.

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