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The Way of the Cross.
Christ assisted by Simon the Cyrenean to carry the Cross.
The fifth Station represents Christ fainting, destitute of strength, unable to carry the Cross. His sacrilegious executioners compel Simon the Cyrenean to carry it, not through compassionate pity to Jesus, but lest He should expire in their hand, before they could glut their vengeance by nailing Him to the Cross. Taking advantage of his power to requisition aid in such emergencies, the centurion had his men seize a passer-by and ordered him to take up the condemned man's cross. This conscript was a man named Simon of Cyrene, probably a member of the colony of Cyrenaic Jews in Jerusalem. He was on his way into the city when the centurion stopped him, and as the great cross was laid on his shoulders and he was forced to follow Jesus toward Golgotha, he undoubtedly wished he had taken a different road. However though his help was now given grudgingly, it is believed that he was an early convert to Christianity: according to an ancient tradition , Alexander and Rufus, who accompanied Saint Peter to Rome and whom Saint Mark names as sons of Simon, were sons of this Cyrenean.
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February 7th, 2009
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