THE FIFTH STATION - SIMON OF CYRENE HELPS JESUS TO CARRY HIS CROSS
Pr.: We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You.
ALL: Because by your holy Cross You have redeemed the world.
Pr.: And when they had mocked Jesus, they took the purple cloak off and put his own clothes on him, and they led him out to be crucified. Then they forced a certain passer-by, Simon of Cyrene, coming from the country to take up his cross. They brought Jesus to the place called Golgotha, a name meaning the place of the skull'. (Mk. 15, 20-22)
KNEEL AND PAUSE)
ALL: With a loud voice I cry out to the Lord; with a loud voice I beseech the Lord. My complaint I pour out before him; before him I lay bare my distress. When my spirit is faint within me, you know my path. In the way along which I walk they have hid a trap for me. I look to the right to see, but there is no one who pays me heed. I have lost all means of escape; there is no one who cares for my life. (Ps. 141, 2-5)
Pr.: Let us pray. Lord Jesus Christ, help us to see in the sufferings and shortcomings of our lives a share in Your Cross; strengthen and consolde us in the belief that we bear all things in union with You, who have taken upon Yourself even our guilt.
SING (TUNE/MELODY - STABAT MATER DOLOROSA:Brave but trembling came the woman, None but she would flaunt the Roman, Moved by love beyond her fear.