O most holy Virgin Mary, who didst bear Jesus our
and didst shed the everlasting Light upon the world,
O Mother of Divine knowledge, whose merciful intercession
hath procured the grace of increasing in knowledge and piety
for countless minds that were rude and ignorant,
I choose thee as the guide and patroness of my studies.
By thine intercession, O Mother of fruitful studies,
may the Holy Spirit fill my spirit with light and fortitude,
prudence and humility; may He give me a good will,
intelligence, memory and ability in sufficient measure,
and above all, a spirit of docility both in mind and heart,
that I may proceed in all things according
to the counsels of Divine Wisdom.
Defend me, good Mother, against the spirit of pride
and presumption, of vain curiosity and instability;
keep me from every occasion of stumbling, f
rom all erroneous opinion, and from all things
that might corrupt my faith and disturb the clearness
of my understanding, the purity of my heart,
and the peace of my soul.
Grant, O Mary, that, under thy protection,
I may ever be submissive to the directions and teachings
of Holy Church, my mother, and may advance in the way
of truth and virtue surely, courageously and without wavering;
at length may I attain to the knowledge, the love
and the everlasting possession of Jesus Christ,
thy Son, our Lord. Amen.
------------RACCOLTA, No. 765
Dedication of Time Prayer: A Soul of Mary
Ah, blessed union of love, wherein my soul and thine
one, thy thoughts my thoughts, thy love my love, thou in me and I in
thee. Now thou hast taken up thy abode in my soul, and I in thine; thy
heart is mine and I find my joy in thine. Thou art ever on my lips;
with thy blessed hands I work; with thy holy feet I tread the ways of
holiness, and fulfill the errands of justice and mercy. To go to the
Sanctuary of God with thee, and in thee, and through thee, to live my
every breath for thee-----this shall be my life for ever
more, my life, my love, my all! Amen.
+ J. H. MACDONALD, DD.
Archbishop of Edmonton,
November 18, 1953