St. Thomas Aquinas: To the Most Blessed Virgin Mary

St. Dominic & St. Thomas

To the Most Blessed Virgin Mary

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 comforter

and an ally against the stratagems

and traps of the ancient enemy

and of all those

who harbor ill intentions against me.

For 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,


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 my sins.

When I die in your love and His love,

may you direct me

into the way of salvation and blessedness.



– Lucas G. Westman

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