Parish of St Matthew the Apostle,
Douglas, Isle of Man

Stations of the Cross

The 5th Station
The Cross is laid on Simon of Cyrene

5th station

Mark 15:21


I adore Thee O Christ
and I bless Thee

Because by Thy holy Cross
Thou hast redeemed the world

As the strength of Jesus fails, and he is unable to proceed, the executioners seize and compel Simon of Cyrene to carry his Cross. The virtue of that Cross changed his heart, and from being a compulsory task, it became a privilege and a joy.

Meditate a while in silence

O Lord Jesus, may it be my privilege also to bear thy Cross; may I glory in nothing else; by it may the world be crucified unto me, and I unto the world: may I never shrink from sufferings, but rather rejoice if I should be counted worthy to suffer for thy name's sake. Amen


O God, I love thee with my whole heart and above all things, and am heartily sorry that I have offended thee. May I never offend thee any more. O may I love thee without ceasing, and make it my delight to do in all things thy most holy will. Amen

The Lord's Prayer...

Have mercy upon me, O Lord
Have mercy upon me

May the souls of the faithful
to the mercy of God
rest in peace. Amen

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