Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Prayer for Students
by St. Thomas Aquinas

O Mary, Mother of enchanting love, of fear, of knowledge, of holy hope, through Whose pious intercession many make admirable progress in studies and piety despite crudeness of understanding, I choose Thee as protectress and patroness of my studies.

Humbly I implore Thee that, from the heart of Thy maternal pity, and principally from the Eternal Wisdom that deigned to take on our flesh in Thee, and that exalted Thee in heavenly light above all the saints, Thou obtain grace from the Holy Ghost for me so that I might be able to penetrate with my understanding, retain in my memory, express by my life and words, and teach to others all that brings honor to Thee and Thy divine Son, likewise to the advantage of my eternal joy and that of all men. So be it.

O Blessed Thomas, Patron of Schools,
Obtain for us from God
An Invincible Faith,
A Burning Charity,
A Chaste Life,
And True Knowledge
Through Christ Our Lord, Amen.

I was sent this prayer by TFP Student Action and thought it's timely for the beginning of the school year for all of our children!  May God be with all of our children and for their teachers who we entrust our precious children to their care, to teach them faith based values as well as academics.



  1. Noreen,
    This is a wonderful prayer. I am going to make copies of it and add it to our morning prayers. Thank you!

    We say this St Thomas Aquinas' prayer every morning. It is great to say before starting the day's 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.

    I just found this online. The version we have been praying has slightly different words. It's funny how you get used to saying particular versions of prayers. The St Michael the Archangel prayer has so many variations and when we say it with others, no one seems to say the exact same words we do!

    Rambling on... God bless! And prayers for your son as he starts a new school year!!

  2. Thank you Sue for this St. Thomas Prayer. I really like it and I think I should say it before I blog... "grant me the talent of being exact in my explanations and the ability to express myself with thoroughness and charm" I tend to go on and on myself... need to improve on my writing skills!

  3. Love this Noreen! Thank you!

  4. Sue ~ you are too kind in your comments! I enjoy writing but I feel it's "stunted development!"

    Nancy ~ thank you for your support and coming to visit me!