Prayer Before A Crucifix


The faithful who recite this prayer devoutly before an image of Jesus Crucified may gain an Indulgence of 10 years;  A plenary indulgence if, moreover, they go to Confession, receive Holy Communion and Pray for the intentions of the Church.
(S. C. Ind., July 31, 1858; S. P. Ap., Feb. 2, 1934)

  Behold, O kind and most sweet Jesus, I cast myself upon my knees in Thy sight, and with the most fervent desire of my soul, I pray and beseech Thee, that Thou wouldst impress upon my heart lively sentiments of faith, hope and charity, with true contrition for my sins and a firm purpose of amendment; whilst with deep affection and grief of soul, I ponder within myself and mentally contemplate Thy five Most Precious Wounds, having before mine eyes that which David Thy Prophet spoke concerning Thee, O good Jesus: “They have pierced my hands and my feet; they have numbered all my bones.”  (Psalm 21: 17 & 18)

Original  Latin

  En ego, o bone et dulcíssime Iesu, ante conspéctum tuum génibus me provólvo ac máximo ánimi ardóre te oro atque obtéstor, ut meum in cor vívidos fídei, spei et caritátis sensus, atque veram peccatórum meórum pæniténtiam, éaque emendándi firmíssimam voluntátem velis imprímere; dum magno ánimi afféctu et dolóre tua quinque Vúlnera mecum ipse consídero, ac mente contémplor, illud præ óculis habens, quod iam in ore ponébat tuo David prophéta de te, o bone Iesu: Fodérunt manus meas et pedes meos; dinumeravérunt ómnia ossa mea.  (Ps. xxi v. 17 et 18)

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