The prayer before a crucifix is a great tool that we can use to keep our minds focused on Christ.
St Bonaventure says ““He who desires to go on advancing from virtue to virtue, from grace to grace, should meditate continually on the Passion of Jesus.“
Everytime we pass a crucifix, we should pause, if time permits to reflect on his passion, and contemplate his wounds.
We must remember that because of us, they pierced his hands and feet and numbered all his bones.
Prayer Before a Crucifix – English
Look down upon me, good and gentle Jesus, while before Thy face I humbly kneel and, with burning soul, pray and beseech Thee to fix deep in my heart lively sentiments of faith, hope and charity; true contrition for my sins, and a firm purpose of amendment.
While I contemplate,with great love and tender pity, Thy five most precious wounds, pondering over them within me and calling to mind the words which David, Thy prophet, said of Thee, my Jesus: They have pierced My hands and My feet, they have numbered all My bones.”
Prayer Before a Crucifix – Latin
En ego, o bone et dulcissime Iesu,
ante conspectum tuum genibus me provolvo,
ac maximo animi ardore te oro atque obtestor,
ut meum in cor vividos fidei,
spei et caritatis sensus,
atque veram peccatorum meorum paenitentiam,
eaque emendandi firmissimam voluntatem velis imprimere;
dum magno animi affectu et dolore tua quinque
vulnera mecum ipse considero ac mente contemplor,
illud prae oculis habens,
quod iam in ore ponebat tuo David propheta de te,
o bone Iesu: Foderunt manus meas et pedes meos:
dinumeraverunt omnia ossa mea.
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