Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Procession to the Calvary

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Simon of Cyrene

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Simon of Cyrene was the pagan man compelled by the Romans to carry the cross of Jesus as Jesus was taken to his crucifixion, according to all three Synoptic Gospels. "And as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name: him they compelled to bear his cross."

(The Cyrenian or Simon movement, centered in the United Kingdom and Ireland, takes its name from Simon of Cyrene. It has as its guiding principle "sharing the burden" which it uses to explain its approach to providing services to homeless and other disadvantaged groups in society. -- Wikipedia)

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Simon of Cyrene painted by Pieter Bruegel the Younger

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