Aquinas’ Prayer Before Study

December 15, 2011

Many of you are in exams right now including our student brothers here at the Dominican House of Studies. Here is an excellent prayer that many of us use. For those of you in formal studies know of our prayers as you commit yourself to study for God’s glory!

(used when sitting down to study)

Creator of all things, true source of light and wisdom, origin of all being, graciously let a ray of your light penetrate the darkness of my understanding.

Take from me the double darkness in which I have been born, an obscurity of sin and ignorance.

Give me a keen 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 the completion. I ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
                                                                      -Saint Thomas Aquinas, OP (patron of scholars)

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