Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Exam Time! Prayer before exams

The library of Newman House is the main hub of activity at the moment - all deathly silent but highly productive. Some residents are walking about with that fierce look of concentration that can only mean one thing: exams!

To help support our students in this time, we have three spiritual gifts to offer

1. A Votive Mass of our Lady Seat of Wisdom, on Monday 11th May at 5.30pm.

The intentions of all those writing exams will be offered, in union with the prayers of our special patron, our Lady Seat of Wisdom.

2. An exams intentions diary in the Chapel

anyone is free to write down their names and the exams for which they want prayer support on any particular day. These will be prayed for at each Mass during the week.

3. A prayer to help along the way. This is the wonderful prayer of St Thomas Aquinas.

Ante Studium.

Creator of all things,

True source of light and wisdom,
Origin of all beings,

Graciously let a ray of your light

Penetrate into 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 the completion.

I ask this through Christ, Our Lord.

Best wishes to all who are studying for exams!

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