Prayer Before a Crucifix
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 chartiy,
with true repentance for my sins,
and a firm desire of amendment,
whilst with deep affection and grief of soul
I ponder within myself, and mentally contemplate
Thy five most precious wounds;
having before my eyes that which David spoke in prophecy:
“They have pierced my hands and my feet;
they have numbered all my bones.
The Prayer Before a Crucifix is a beautiful prayer to pray. There is a plenary indulgence attached to it on Fridays during Lent if, after receiving Holy Communion, it is prayed devoutly before an image of Jesus crucified. A partial indulgence is attached to this prayer when it is prayed on other days of the year.
If you want more information about indulgences and this prayer, you can go to the devotions page of the Knight’s of Columbus’s website and scroll down to find the Prayer Before a Crucifix. Click the link for a pdf file you can read.