Today is the feast of St. Tomas Aquinas, OP, Italian Dominican friar, Catholic priest, and Doctor of the Church. He was an immensely influential philosopher, theologian, and jurist in the tradition of scholasticism, within which he is also known as the Doctor Angelicus and the Doctor Communis. (Source: Wikipedia). I am presenting today the Litany of St. Thomas Aquinas, for private devotion.
Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, hear us. Christ, graciously hear us.
God the Father of heaven, Have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, Have mercy on us.
God the Holy Spirit, Have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God, Have mercy on us.
Holy Mary, Pray for us.
Glorious Mother of the King of kings, Pray for us.
St. Thomas, Pray for us.
Worthy child of the Queen of Virgins, Pray for us.
St. Thomas most chaste, Pray for us.
St. Thomas most patient, Pray for us.
Prodigy of science, Pray for us.
Silently eloquent, Pray for us.
Reproach of the ambitious, Pray for us.
Lover of that life which is hidden with Christ in God, Pray for us.
Fragrant flower in the garden of St. Dominic, Pray for us.
Glory of the Friars Preachers, Pray for us.
Illumined from on high, Pray for us.
Oracle of the Church, Pray for us.
Incomparable scribe of the God-Man, Pray for us.
Perfect in the school of His Cross, Pray for us.
Model of perfect obedience, Pray for us.
Endowed with the true spirit of holy poverty, Pray for us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, Spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, Graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, Have mercy on us.
What have I in heaven, or what do I desire on earth? That you are the God of my heart, and my portion forever.
Let us pray: O God, who ordained that St. Thomas should enlighten your Church, grant that through his prayers we may practice what he taught. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
From "Kyrie Eleison — Two Hundred Litanies by Benjamin Francis Musser O.F.M.," The Magnificat Press, 1944
Picture: Apparition of the Host to Saint Thomas Aquinas, by Francesco de Mura, 18th century - CC0 Public domain.
Take a moment to treasure up all these things and ponder them in your heart (cf Luke 2,19)
Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer everyone. Col 4:6