St Paul's Chichester


Fifth Station: Simon helps Jesus to carry his cross

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you

because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.


Bible Reading – Mark 15. 21


On their way through Jerusalem they met a man named Simon, who was coming into the city from the country, and the soldiers forced him to carry Jesus’ cross.




Simon from Cyrene,

father of Alexander and Rufus,

what a tale you had to tell your children!

You helped Jesus,

you gave him your strength on the streets of Jerusalem.

Willing or unwilling,

you, Simon, have become part of his story,

and he part of yours,

for you helped him

when he needed you.

What would we give to be Simon?




For a willingness to shoulder one another’s burdens;

for our pastoral care team and our parish volunteers:

Lord, in your mercy

hear our prayer.