Fifth Station: Simon of Cyrene Helps Carry the Cross

Simon Stopped in hesitation,
Not foreseeing his proud station,
Called to bear the Cross of Christ.

“And when they had mocked him, they took off the purple robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him out to crucify him.

“A certain man from Cyrene, Simon, the father of Alexander and Rufus, was passing by on his way in from the country, and they forced him to carry the cross. They brought Jesus to the place called Golgotha (which means the place of the skull’).” (Mark 15:20-22 NIV)

“May my prayer be set before you like incense;
may the lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice.
Set a guard over my mouth, Lord;
keep watch over the door of my lips.
Do not let my heart be drawn to what is evil
so that I take part in wicked deeds
along with those who are evildoers;
do not let me eat their delicacies.
Let a righteous man strike me—that is a kindness;
let him rebuke me—that is oil on my head.
My head will not refuse it,
for my prayer will still be against the deeds of evildoers.” (Psalm 141:2-5 NIV)