The Eighth Station
Simon of Cyrene Helps Jesus

Take 1 or 2 minutes to silently reflect upon the image above.

Slowly read aloud this passage of Scripture:

As they led Jesus away, a man named Simon, who was from Cyrene, happened to be coming in from the countryside. The soldiers seized him and put the cross on him and made him carry it behind Jesus. (Luke 23:26 NLT)

Kneel or simply open your hands and pray:

Jesus, the torture you experienced at the hands of the soldiers left you weak. When you prayed in the garden that the will of the Father be done, and angel was sent to strengthen you. Now as you seek to fulfill the Father's will, he sends Simon to help you.

O Jesus, strengthen us on our journey. Open our hearts to the help you offer through the kindness of others. Open our eyes to the needs of those who walk beside us. We love you, Jesus; lighten our burdens.

Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

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