Because by Thy Holy Cross Thou hast redeemed the world …
Prayer Before A Crucifix
Look down upon me good and gentle Jesus,
while before thy face I humbly kneel.
And with burning soul, I pray and beseech Thee
to fix deep within my heart
lively sentiments of faith, hope, and charity,
true contrition for my sins,
and a firm purpose of amendment.
Meanwhile, I contemplate with great love
and tender mercy Thy five most precious wounds,
pondering over them within me, and calling to mind,
the words which David, in prophecy,
made Thee say concerning Thyself, my Jesus,
They have pierced my hands and my feet;
They have numbered all my bones.