Prayer of St. Thomas Aquinas 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 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.
St. Thomas Aquinas, Pray for us!
Mary, Mother of God, Pray for us!