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Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus carry his cross

Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus carry his crossLeader: We adore thee, O Christ, and we praise thee.
All:  Because by thy holy cross thou hast redeemed the world.

Reader: 
“They enlisted a passer-by, Simon of Cyrene, father of Alexander and Rufus, who was coming in from the country, to carry his cross.” Mark 15:21

Jesus speaks:
“I don’t know this man.  I heard them call him Simon.  That was Peter’s name, too.  I see them forcing this Simon to carry my cross.  I tried to persuade Peter to do that, but I didn’t force him.  He didn’t.  This Simon seems to be from the country.  He doesn’t know what’s going on.  He doesn’t have to now.  His job is to carry the cross I can’t carry.   He’ll do it.  Later he will understand.”

Pause:

Veronica wipes the face of Jesus