Did you know there’s an indulgence attached to the prayer before a Crucifix?
Lent is the time year when Catholics focus especially on repentance, penance, and the search for reconciliation with God.
In addition a time of fasting, prayer, and almsgiving in preparation for Holy Week, Lent is also time when the Church provides different ways to obtain a plenary indulgence .
Praying the Stations of the Cross, the Holy Rosary, going to Eucharistic Adoration or reading or listening to the Holy Scriptures are some ways to access these treasures of mercy.
However, there is another little-known alternative to obtaining a plenary indulgence during the Fridays of Lent: praying the prayer “O good and sweetest Jesus…” before the image of Jesus Christ Crucified, while also fulfilling certain conditions.
A prayer that can earn you a plenary indulgence on Fridays during Lent
The Enchiridion Indulgentarium Manual of Indulgences establishes that “every Friday of the season of Lent, he should recite the prayer, “‘[Behold], O good and most sweet Jesus,’ before the image of Jesus Christ Crucified after communion…”
Also, a partial indulgence can be obtained if it is pronounced on any other day of the year as thanksgiving after communion.
The Prayer Before a Crucifix to Jesus Christ Crucified:
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. (Ps. 22)”
Beyond these particular forms, to obtain any plenary indulgence, the faithful must also meet these three fundamental conditions:
1) Go to Confession
2) Receive Communion
3) Pray for the pope’s intentions (The Church suggests one Our Father and one Hail Mary.)
Let us not waste this treasure of mercy!
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[See also: The First Pillar of Lent: Growing Closer to Christ through Prayer – 6 Powerful Suggestions]
[See also: 4 Simply Beautiful Tips for Living the Lenten Season from St. Teresa of Avila]