Various Prayers

Prayer before a Crucifix

My good and dearest Jesus,

Lo, I kneel before you

Beseeching and praying you

With all the ardor of my soul

To engrave deep and vivid impressions

Of faith, hope, and charity upon my heart,

With true repentance for my sins,

And a very firm resolve to make amends

Meanwhile, I ponder over your five wounds,

Dwelling upon them with deep compassion and grief,

And recalling the words that the Prophet David long ago

Put into your mouth,

Good Jesus, concerning yourself:

“They have pierced my hands and my feet

They have counted all my bones!”

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