Lord Jesus hanging on the Cross, I raise sorrowful and shameful eyes to you. You have granted me untold blessings and I have repaid you by contributing to your Passion and death. My hands took part in your scourging, my voice was among those who denied you and called for your death, my thoughts brought about your crowning with thorns, my sins drove the nails into your hands and feet, the lance into your side.
Dear Lord, forgive me for all these sins. You are great, glorious, and infinitely good; I am insignificant, selfish, and hopelessly sinful. But I am sorry for all my sins, and by the Blood shed in your Passion, I beg for forgiveness and for a share in your love and grace.
St. Gregory the Great (c. 540-604)