My Pierced Jesus, Prayer Before A Crucifix

289px-Crucifixion_001“But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.”  Isaiah 53:5

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.

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