Prayer Before A Crucifix


Traditional Prayer

This prayer is one of several variations handed down through the centuries. An earlier version was written in 1205 by Saint Francis of Assisi.

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 to You, my Jesus:

“They have pierced My hands and My feet,
they have numbered all My bones.”