The Fifth Station:
The Cross is laid on Simon of Cyrene
We adore you, O Christ and we bless you:
Because by your holy cross, you have redeemed the world
As they led Jesus away, they came upon a man of Cyrene, Simon by name, who was coming in from the country, and laid on him the cross to carry it behind Jesus. “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”.
As Jesus was struggling, the soldiers picked someone out of the crowd to help him carry the cross. Of all the people in the crowd, Simon is the only name we still remember. As we walk through our lives, sometimes our burdens are more than we can carry. Here at Berkshire Place, our friends and neighbors are also in a place of weakness and recovery. At this station, let us pray for those who need help carrying their burdens, and let us pray for those who help carry them. Let us take a few moments to pray for the staff and patients here at Berkshire Place and all those recovering from illness in our communities.
A prayer for the continued healing
O Lord, your compassions never fail and your mercies are new every morning: We give you thanks for giving your children both relief from pain and hope of health renewed. Continue in them, we pray, the good work you have begun; that they, daily increasing in bodily strength, and rejoicing in your goodness, may be restored to wholeness and health; we pray also for all the nurses and caregivers whose patience and skill minister to your children in their weakness; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Prayer at the Fifth Station
V. Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me:
R. Cannot be my disciple.
Let us pray:
Heavenly Father, whose blessed Son came to heal the sick and bind up the broken hearted: Bless all who, following in his steps, give themselves to the service of others; that with wisdom, patience, and courage, they may minister in his Name to the suffering, the friendless, and the needy; for the love of him who laid down his life for us, your Son our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.