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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.'
(Mark 15: 20-22)

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.
(Psalm 142: 2-5)

Pr.: Lord Jesus Christ, help us to see in the sufferings
and shortcomings of our lives a share in Your Cross,
strengthen and console us in the belief that we bear
all things in union with You,
who have taken upon Yourself even our guilt.

All: Amen.

Sing: Brave but trembling came the woman,
None but she would flaunt the Roman,
Moved by love beyond her fear.

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