5. Simon from Kyrenia Helps Jesus Carry the CrossHave you seen any of the pilgrims, the Christian pilgrims, kissing the hollowed stone to the right of the chapel on Tariq al-Suri Street? - Christian tradition sees in the hollow of the wall as the place where Jesus leaned against the wall and because, according to tradition, he created the hollow area here. This is the fifth stop in Via Dolorosa.
Here Jesus finds it hard to bear the cross. The Roman soldiers force Simon from Cyrene, a pilgrim who came to Jerusalem from the city of Kyrenia in Libya, then a Greek colony, to help Jesus carry the unbearable cross.
"And when they brought him out of there, and brought them in one man, they came from the field, and named after them a man of fire, and set up the threshing board to carry the other men" (Luke chapter 23:26).
At this station, a Franciscan chapel was built that describes the event but does not enter it. The stone with the depression to the right of the chapel is the station and is an ancient stone that was incorporated in a church from the 19th century, when it was built here in 1889.
Who was Simon from Kyrenia?There is considerable Christian controversy over Simon's act and his commemoration. What is known from the Bible is that he was a pilgrim, apparently a Jew, who came to Jerusalem from the city of Kyrenia. Kyrenia, a Greek city in present-day Libya, was a Greek colony at the time and Simon, who may have come to Jerusalem as a pilgrim for Passover.
It is known from the Bible that he was "the father of Alexander the Great" and the conclusion that he was a Jew is only according to his Jewish name.