St. Thomas Aquinas- Blessed Virgin

To the Most Blessed Virgin Mary

St. Thomas Aquinas- Blessed Virgin

To the Most Blessed Virgin Mary (St Thomas of Aquinas)

O most blessed and sweet Virgin Mary, Mother of God, filled with all tenderness,

Daughter of the most high King, Lady of the angels, Mother of all the faithful, on this day

and all the days of my life, I entrust to your merciful heart my body and my soul, all my

acts, thoughts, choices, desires, words, deeds, my entire life and death, so that, with your

assistance, all may be ordered to the good according to the will of your beloved Son, our

Lord Jesus Christ.

Be to me, my most holy Lady, a comfortable and an ally against the stratagems and traps

of the ancient enemy and of all those who harbor ill intentions against me.

From your beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, request for me the grace to resist firmly

the temptations of the world, the flesh, and the devil, and a constant resolve to sin no

more and to persevere in your service and the service of your beloved Son.

My most holy Lady, I also beseech you to obtain for me true obedience and true humility

of heart so that I may recognize myself truly as a sinner—wretched and weak—and

powerless, without the grace and help of my Creator and without your holy prayers, to do

any kind of good work or even to resist the unrelenting assaults of evil.

Procure for me also, O my most sweet Lady, perpetual purity of mind and body, so that

with a pure heart and chaste body I may be strengthened to serve you and your beloved

Son through the Dominican Order.

From Him, obtain for me a spirit of poverty willingly accepted with patience and

tranquility of mind, so that I will have the strength to sustain the labors of this Order and

to work for my own salvation and that of my neighbors.

Obtain for me as well, O most sweet Lady, true charity with which from the depths of my

heart I may love your most holy Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, and, after Him, love you

above all other things, and love my neighbor in God and because of God.

Thereby may I rejoice in his goodness, sorrow over his evils, despise no one, never judge

rashly, and never in my heart exalt myself over anyone.

Grant, O Queen of Heaven, that ever in my heart I may have fear and love alike for your

most sweet Son; That I may always give thanks for the many blessings bestowed upon

me not for my merits but by His kindness; And that I may ever make a pure and sincere

confession and do true penance for my sins, in order that I might deserve to obtain His

mercy and grace.

I pray also that, at the end of my life, you, Mother without compare, Gate of Heaven, and

Advocate of sinners, will not allow me, your unworthy servant, to stray from the holy

Catholic faith but that you will protect me with your great piety and mercy, defend me

from evil spirits, and obtain for me, through the blessed and glorious Passion of your Son

and through your own intercession, received in hope, the forgiveness of all of my sins.

When I die in your love and His love, may you direct me into the way of salvation and

blessedness. Amen.