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The Prayers of St. Thomas Aquinas

Saint Thomas Aquinas is one of the most famous and important saints of the Catholic Church. He is one of the few saints to be considered an angelic doctor. His contributions to philosophy and our Catholic faith are too numerous …

Saint Thomas Aquinas is one of the most famous and important saints of the Catholic Church. He is one of the few saints to be considered an angelic doctor. His contributions to philosophy and our Catholic faith are too numerous to count.

St. Thomas Aquinas is best known for being a theologian and philosopher. Throughout his like Saint Thomas Aquinas was a prolific writer. Many of St. Thomas Aquinas’ books are must-reads for Catholics around the world. But, while he is best known for his writings and philosophical work, he was also a mystic.

Prayer of all kinds were vital to the faith of Saint Thomas. He wrote many hymns and prayers. This is a list of some of the prayers of St. Thomas Aquinas that you can say in your daily life or that you can add to your prayer routine.

Prayer for a Good Life

Grant O merciful God, that I may ardently desire, carefully examine, truly know and perfectly fulfil those things that are pleasing to You and to the praise and glory of Your holy name.

Direct my life, O my God, and grant that I might know what you would have me to do and for me to fulfil it as is necessary and profitable to my soul.

Grant to me, O Lord my God, that I may not be found wanting in prosperity or in adversity and that I may not be lifted up by one nor cast down by the other.

May I find joy in nothing but what leads to You and sorrow in nothing but what leads away from You.

May I seek to please no one or fear to displease anyone, save only You.

Grant to me, O Lord God,
– a vigilant heart that no subtle speculation may ever lead me from You;
– a noble heart that no unworthy affection may draw me from You;
– an upright heart that no evil purpose may turn me from you.

Give me a steadfast heart that no tribulation may shatter and a free heart that no violent affection may claim as its own.

And finally, grant me O Lord my God, a mind to know you, diligence to seek you, wisdom to find you.

Give me a way of life pleasing to You; perseverance to trust and await You in confidence that I shall embrace You at the last.

Amen.

Prayer Before Study

Creator of all things,
true Source of light and wisdom,
lofty origin of all being,
graciously let a ray of Your brilliance
penetrate into the darkness of my understanding
and take from me the double darkness
in which I have been born,
an obscurity of both sin and ignorance.
Give me a sharp sense of understanding,
a retentive memory,
and the ability to grasp things correctly and fundamentally.
Grant me the talent of being exact in my explanations,
and the ability to express myself with thoroughness and charm.
Point out the beginning,
direct the progress,
and help in completion;
through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

Student’s Prayer One

Come, Holy Spirit, Divine Creator, the true source of light and fountain of wisdom.

Pour forth your brilliance upon my intellect, dissipate the darkness which covers me, that of sin and of ignorance.

Grant me a penetrating mind to understand, a retentive memory, method and ease in learning, the lucidity to comprehend, and abundant grace in expressing myself.

Guide the beginning of my work, direct its progress, and bring it to successful completion.

This I ask through Jesus Christ, true God and true man, living and reigning with You and the Father, forever and ever. 

Amen.

Saint Thomas Aquinas Prayers for Students

Student’s Prayer Two

Creator of all things,
true source of light and wisdom,
origin of all being,
graciously let a ray of your light penetrate
the darkness of my understanding.

Take from me the double darkness
in which I have been born,
an obscurity of sin and ignorance.

Give me a keen understanding,
a retentive memory, and
the ability to grasp things
correctly and fundamentally.

Grant me the talent
of being exact in my explanations
and the ability to express myself
with thoroughness and charm.

Point out the beginning,
direct the progress,
and help in the completion.

I ask this through Christ our Lord. 

Amen.

Prayer to the Blessed Virgin Mary

Virgin full of goodness, Mother of Mercy, I entrust to you my body and my soul, my thoughts and my actions, my life and my death.

My Queen, come to my aid and deliver me from the snares of the devil.

Obtain for me the grace of loving my Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, with a true and perfect love, and after him, O Mary, of loving you with all my heart and above all things.

Amen.

Before Mass Prayer

Almighty and everlasting God,
behold I come to the Sacrament of Thine only-begotten Son,
our Lord Jesus Christ:
I come as one infirm to the physician of life,
as one unclean to the fountain of mercy,
as one blind to the light of everlasting brightness,
as one poor and needy to the Lord of heaven and earth.
Therefore I implore the abundance of Thy measureless bounty
that Thou wouldst vouchsafe to heal my infirmity,
wash my uncleanness,
enlighten my blindness,
enrich my poverty and clothe my nakedness,
that I may receive the Bread of Angels,
the King of kings, the Lord of lords,
with such reverence and humility,
with such sorrow and devotion,
with such purity and faith,
with such purpose and intention
as may be profitable to my soul’s salvation.
Grant unto me, I pray,
the grace of receiving not only the Sacrament of our Lord’s Body and Blood,
but also the grace and power of the Sacrament.
O most gracious God,
grant me so to receive the Body of Thine only-begotten Son,
our Lord Jesus Christ,
which He took from the Virgin Mary,
as to merit to be incorporated into His mystical Body,
and to be numbered amongst His members.
O most loving Father,
give me grace to behold forever
Thy beloved Son with His face at last unveiled,
whom I now purpose to receive under the sacramental veil here below.

Amen.

Prayers of st. Thomas Aquinas for Mass

After Mass Prayer

I give thanks to Thee, O Lord, most holy,
Father almighty, eternal God,
that Thou hast vouchsafed,
for no merit of mine own,
but out of Thy pure mercy,
to appease the hunger of my soul
with the precious body and blood of Thy Son,
Our Lord Jesus Christ.
Humbly I implore Thee,
let not this holy communion
be to me an increase of guilt unto my punishment,
but an availing plea unto pardon and salvation.
Let it be to me the armour of faith
and the shield of good will.
May it root out from my heart all vice;
may it utterly subdue my evil passions
and all my unruly desires.
May it perfect me in charity and patience;
in humility and obedience;
and in all other virtues.
May it be my sure defence
against the snares laid for me by my enemies,
visible and invisible.
May it restrain and quiet all my evil impulses,
and make me ever cleave to Thee
Who art the one true God.
May I owe to it a happy ending of my life.
And do Thou, O heavenly Father,
vouchsafe one day to call me, a sinner,
to that ineffable banquet,
where Thou, together with Thy Son and the Holy Ghost,
art to Thy saints true and unfailing light,
fullness of content,
joy for evermore,
gladness without alloy,
consummate and everlasting happiness.
Through the same Christ our Lord.

Amen.

After Mass Prayer Two

Lord, Father all-powerful and ever-living God, I thank You, for
even though I am a sinner, your unprofitable servant, not
because of my worth but in the kindness of your mercy, 
You have fed me with the Precious Body & Blood of Your Son, 
our Lord Jesus Christ. 
I pray that this Holy Communion may not bring me
condemnation and punishment but forgiveness and salvation. 
May it be a helmet of faith and a shield of good will. 
May it purify me from evil ways and put an end to my evil passions. 
May it bring me charity and patience, humility and obedience, 
and growth in the power to do good. 
May it be my strong defense against all my enemies, visible and invisible, 
and the perfect calming of all my evil impulses, 
bodily and spiritual. 
May it unite me more closely to you, the One true God, and lead me
safely through death to everlasting happiness with You. 
And I pray that You will lead me, a sinner, to the banquet where you, 
with Your Son and holy Spirit, are true and perfect light, 
total fulfillment, everlasting joy, gladness without end, and perfect
happiness to your saints. grant this through Christ our Lord, 

Amen.

Daily Prayers of St. Thomas Aquinas

Daily Prayer – Grant Me Grace

Grant me grace, O merciful God,
to desire ardently all that is pleasing to Thee,
to examine it prudently,
to acknowledge it truthfully,
and to accomplish it perfectly,
for the praise and glory of Thy name.

Amen.

Daily Prayer – For Detachment

Give me, O Lord God, an ever watchful heart, which no subtle speculation may lure from Thee.  Give me a noble heart, which no unworthy affection can draw downwards to the earth.  Give me an upright heart, which no insincere intention can warp.  Give me a firm heart, which no tribulation can crush or quell.

Give me a free heart, which no perverted or impetuous affection can claim for its own. 

Amen.

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