Leader: We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you.
All: Because by your holy cross You have redeemed the world.
Jesus, the soldiers are becoming impatient. This is taking longer
than they wanted it to. They are afraid you won't make it to the
hill where you will be crucified. As you grow weaker, they grab a
man out of the crowd and make him help carry your cross. He was just
watching what was happening, but all of a sudden he is helping you
carry your cross.
As a child, sometimes I see people who need my help. Sometimes I
pretend not to hear when my parents call me. I disappear when I know
others could use my help.
As an adult, sometimes I try to do as little as I can and still get
by. Others might need my help, but I ignore their needs. Even when
I'm asked to help, I sometimes claim to be too busy.
My Jesus, Blessed by Simon of Syrene, who helped you carry your
cross. Blessed too shall I be, if I aid You to bear the cross, by
patiently bowing my neck to the crosses You shall send me during
life. My Jesus, give me grace to do so. Help me to want to help
others when they are in need.
Our Father.... Hail Mary.... Glory be to the Father....
Leader - Jesus Christ Crucified.
All - Have mercy on Us.
Leader - May the souls of the faithful
departed, through the mercy of God, Rest in peace.
All - Amen.