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A Visit to the Crucifix

 

A Traditional Passionist Devotion

A Hebrew Catholic Perspective

 

Preparation

Bring to mind the thought of your Angel Guardian calling you and inviting you to visit your Divine Friend, who is bleeding and dying for your sake on Mount Calvary, and who wishes to speak to your heart by showing Himself to you.

When you behold Jesus nailed to the hard, rough wood of the Cross, kneel down (either inwardly or physically) and focus your attention upon Him in His suffering on your behalf.

First:

Lord Jesus,
May I kiss the wounds on Your sacred Feet.

Thank you for all the steps You have taken for love of me.

I implore You to give me grace to follow you, in suffering gladly whatever trials may befall me for Your sake, and ever to walk in the straight way of Your commandments.

Secondly:

Lord Jesus,
May I kiss the wound of Your Side.

Thank you for having permitted it to be made, for the sake of showing me Your Sacred Heart transfixed with love.

I implore You to give me grace to correspond with Your love by loving and serving you with my whole heart.

Thirdly:

Lord Jesus,
May I kiss Your blessed Hands which performed so many wonders.

Thank you for the innumerable benefits bestowed on me during the whole course of my life.

I implore You to give me grace always to persevere in good works, and in things worthy of eternal life.

Fourthly:

Lord Jesus,
May I venerate and kiss Your Head crowned with sharp and poisonous spines.

Thank you for the gift of a mind capable of knowing You and learning from Your Divine Word and Holy Church.

I implore your pardon for the innumerable thoughts of anger, envy, greed and sloth, together with the love of worldly vanities in which I have indulged during my life.

I beg You to give me grace to have ever in my heart holy thoughts, affections and earnest desires for salvation.

Fifthly:

Lord Jesus,
May I kiss that Mouth which tasted bitter gall, and from which words of eternal life ever flowed.

Thank you for the sacred lessons which the Divine Majesty of God has been pleased to leave us in the Holy Scriptures, as well as those which have been handed down to us by His servants: the Patriarchs, Prophets, Apostles, Martyrs and all the Saints.

I implore you to give me grace to have this divine teaching constantly present to my mind so as to be nurtured and strengthened by it. May I for the future, restrain my tongue from speaking evil and employ it in hourly praising, blessing and adoring God’s infinite goodness.

Finally:

Lord Jesus,
Using the words of the Psalmist, I proclaim with your Blessed Apostle St. Thomas: “You are my Lord and my God”.

And I join St Francis Xavier, holding a crucifix in his hand as he pronounced at the moment of his death: “Jesus, Son of God, have mercy on us all”.

Amen.