Prayer to St. Thomas Aquinas

St. Thomas Aquinas is certainly one of the best known saints. But most of us, I imagine, think of him more as a figure from whom we can learn so much about the theology and philosophy of the Church. Usually, Aquinas is not thought of as one to whom we can relate to on a personal or spiritual level—the way that a devout Catholic might pray to St. Joseph or St. Anthony for assistance.

But there is another side to St. Thomas Aquinas. He was, after all, the author of five of the richest Eucharist hymns sung by the Church as well as numerous prayers. Aquinas brought his whole heart to his faith, not just his mind. So, with that in mind, here is a prayer to the saint that I found in an old prayer book, Blessed Be God, which dates back to the 1920s:

O Angelic Doctor St. Thomas, prince of theologians and model of philosophers, bright ornament of the Christian world and light of the Church; O heavenly patron of all Catholic schools, who didst learn wisdom without guile and dost communicate it without envy, intercede for us with the Son of God, Wisdom itself, that the spirit of wisdom may descend upon us, and enable us to understand clearly that which thou hast taught, and fulfill it by imitating thy deeds; to become partakers of that doctrine and virtue which caused thee to shine like the sun on earth; and at last to rejoice with thee forever in their most sweet fruits in heaven, together praising the Divine Wisdom for all eternity. Amen. [emphasis added]

It’s a prayer for all of us, but seems like one especially fitting for theologians and priests—as well as any student who is preparing for final exams and papers as the academic semester draws to a close.

Stephen Beale

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Stephen Beale is a freelance writer based in Providence, Rhode Island. Raised as an evangelical Protestant, he is a convert to Catholicism. He is a former news editor at GoLocalProv.com and was a correspondent for the New Hampshire Union Leader, where he covered the 2008 presidential primary. He has appeared on Fox News, C-SPAN and the Today Show and his writing has been published in the Washington Times, Providence Journal, the National Catholic Register and on MSNBC.com and ABCNews.com. A native of Topsfield, Massachusetts, he graduated from Brown University in 2004 with a degree in classics and history. His areas of interest include Eastern Christianity, Marian and Eucharistic theology, medieval history, and the saints. He welcomes tips, suggestions, and any other feedback at bealenews at gmail dot com. Follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/StephenBeale1

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  • uxordepp

    I fell in love with this prayer the first time I saw it in my father’s old missal which he had passed on to me. It was one of the things that really drove home to me how much our current missals were missing.

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