Sunday, March 4, 2012

To the Most Blessed Virgin Mary

Mary's Mantle Covering Dominicans (in Choir Loft at Holy Name of Jesus in Fishtown, PA)
Ever since I came across this, it has been one of my favorite prayers. I pray it almost daily. So I thought I'd share it. It is one of many prayers authored by St. Thomas Aquinas, O.P.


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.

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,
          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.