Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Prayer Before a Crucifix

Behold, O good and most sweet Jesus, I fall upon my knees before Thee, and with most fervent desire beg and beseech Thee that Thou wouldst impress upon my heart a lively sense of faith, hope and charity, true repentance for my sins, and a firm resolve to make amends. And with deep affection and grief, I reflect upon Thy five wounds, having before my eyes that which Thy prophet David spoke about Thee, O good Jesus: ‘They have pierced my hands and feet, they have counted all my bones.’

A plenary indulgence is granted to the Christian faithful who: in any Friday in the season of Lent piously recite the prayer ‘En ego, o bone et dulcissime Iesu,’ before an image of the Crucified Jesus Christ after communion; (Reference: Enchiridion Indulgentiarum, 4th ed.)

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