Prayer Before a Crucifix

Look down upon me good and gentle Jesus as before Thy sacred Cross 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;

whilst I contemplate, with great love and tender pity, Thy five sacred wounds,

and as I meditate upon them, I call to mind the words which David, Thy prophet,

spoke concerning Thee:

"They pierced My hands and My feet, they numbered all My bones." Amen