The Prayer before the Crucifix is a Roman Catholic prayer to Jesus which is said while kneeling before a crucifix. It is often said by Roman Catholics after Communion or after Mass.
The faithful receive a partial indulgence if they recite the prayer after Communion before a crucifix. On the Fridays of Lent, the indulgence is a plenary indulgence.
Words of the prayer
The Crucifix, cross with the corpus
(Body of Christ) is an ancient symbol used within the Catholic Church
, Eastern Orthodox churches, Anglican, and Lutheran churches.
- Look down upon me, good and gentle Jesus,
- while before Your face I humbly kneel and,
- with burning soul,
- pray and beseech You
- to fix deep in my heart lively sentiments
- of faith, hope and charity;
- true contrition for my sins,
- and a firm purpose of amendment.
- While I contemplate,
- with great love and tender pity,
- Your five most precious wounds,
- pondering over them within me
- and calling to mind the words which David,
- Your prophet, said of You, my Jesus:
- "They have pierced My hands and My feet,
- they have numbered all My bones."
- Behold, O good and sweetest Jesus,
- I cast myself upon my knees in Thy sight,
- and with the most fervent desire of my soul
- I pray and beseech Thee
- to impress upon my heart
- lively sentiments of faith,
- hope and charity,
- with true repentance for my sins
- and a most firm desire of amendment.
- Whilst with deep affection and grief of soul
- I consider within myself
- and mentally contemplate
- Thy five most precious wounds,
- having before mine eyes that which David,
- the prophet, long ago spoke concerning Thee,
- “They have pierced My hands and My feet,
- they have numbered all My bones.”