Sunday, February 5, 2012

A Prayer Before a Crucifix

I am so fond of this lovely little prayer. I pray it after every mass. My children pray it after every mass.  It is a family favorite.  Is it a favorite of yours?
Behold, O good and sweetest Jesus,
I cast myself upon my knees in Thy sight,
and with the most fervent desire of my soul
I pray and beseech Thee
to impress upon my heart
lively sentiments of faith,
hope and charity,
with true repentance for my sins
and a most firm desire of amendment.

Whilst with deep affection and grief of soul
I consider within myself
and mentally contemplate
Thy five most precious wounds,
having before mine eyes that which David,
the prophet, long ago spoke concerning Thee,
“They have pierced My hands and My feet,
they have numbered all My bones.”

"A plenary indulgence is granted on each Friday of Lent and Passiontide to the faithful who, after Communion, piously recite the above prayer before an image of Christ crucified; on other days of the year the indulgence is partial." — Enchiridion of Indulgences, No. 22

and pray an Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be for the Holy Father's intentions  

......under the "usual conditions" regarding a plenary indulgence

You can find more information regarding the indulgences at this website.




  1. I love that prayer particularly because of the Psalm at the end.... which seems to be a distilled description of suffering. That part about numbering bones always comes to my mind whenever I'm really suffering -- I feel like I know what David means, and am so grateful for that tie that links King David to Our Lord to the prayer writer, to me (and your family and others who say this prayer!)

    The one we say after Mass is the Anima Christi which I also love, and the Suscipe of St Ignatius.

  2. I pray the Anima Christi, too...and one from ST. Augustine


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