Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Simon of Cyrene and The Unexpected Cross


Through the instrumentality of the Romans, Simon of Cyrene was given the honor of assisting Jesus in carrying His Cross to Calvary. (Matt.27:32; Mark 15:21-22; Luke 23:26.) We commemorate this event in the Fifth Station of the Cross.

May we accept our unanticipated crosses with serenity and trust, even joy.
V. We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.
R. Because, by your Holy Cross, you have redeemed the world.
Image:
Titian's "Christ Carrying the Cross" (with Simon of Cyrene), from the Anthenaeum. In the public domain.

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