Prayer Before the Crucifix

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 contrition for my sins and a firm purpose of amendment. While with deep affection and grief of soul, I ponder withing myself and mentally contemplate Thy five wounds, having before my eyes the words which David the prophet put on Thy lips concerning Thee: “They have pierced My hands and My feet, they have numbered all My bones.”