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O Bona Crux
O Good Cross
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A popular medieval prayer. It appears in Jacobus de Voragine's The Golden Legend (ca 1260) in the section on St. Andrew the Apostle. St. Andrew was crucified at Patras in Achaia and is often pictured with the X shaped cross upon which he was crucified. According to an ancient legend, as St. Andrew was being led out to his martyrdom, he saw the cross in the distance and cried out with the prayer below.

O BONA CRUX, quae decorem ex membris Domini suscepisti, diu desiderata, sollicite amata, sine intermissione quaesita, et aliquando cupienti animo praeparata: accipe me ab hominibus, et redde me magistro meo: ut per te me recipiat, qui per te me redemit. Amen. O GOOD CROSS, made beautiful by the body of the Lord, long have I desired thee, ardently have I loved thee, unceasingly have I sought thee, and now thou art ready for my eager soul. Receive me from among men and restore me to my Master, so that He, who redeemed me through thee, shalt receive me through thee. Amen.

From the Legenda Aurea & Preces Selectae.



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