O Ineffable Creator, Who out of the depths of Thy wisdom didst appoint three hierarchies of angels, and place them in wonderful harmony above the empyrean heaven, and dist order most perfectly Thy whole creation; Thou, Who art the true fountain and highest source of light and wisdom, deign to shed a ray of Thy brightness upon the darkness of my intellect, taking from me that twofold darkness in which I was born, namely, sin, and ignorance. O Thou Who makest eloquent the tongues of little ones, instruct my tongue, and pour upon my lips the grace of Thy blessing. Grant me a keen intellect a strong memory, method and facility in learning, subtlety in interpreting and elegance of speech; enlighten the beginning, direct the progress, perfect the issue, Thou Who art true God and man, Who livest and reignest forever. Amen
The Twelve Promises of Our Lord to Saint Margaret Mary for those devoted to His Sacred Heart.
S. Thomas submits his teachings to Ecclesia
It was in this form that St. Thomas Aquinas drew a cross on the wall of St. James’ church at Anagi. Pope Pius IX granted on Jan. 21, 1876, an indulgence of 300 days to all faithful who would devoutly recite the verses:
"The cross is my sure salvation, the cross will I always adore.
May the cross of my Lord be about me! be my refuge forevermore!”
Jan van Eyck, Last Judgment, 1420-25, oil on wood transferred to canvas, 56 x 19 cm., Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
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