Indulgenced Prayer before a Crucifix

This prayer reminds us of the infinite sufferings that Jesus has chosen to suffer in order to save us. Compassion for His sufferings excites in us the contrition of our sins.

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 Charity, with true repentance for my sins, and a firm desire of amendment, while 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 of Thee, O good Jesus: they have pierced My hands and My feet; they have numbered all my bones. Amen