PRAYER OF ST. THOMAS AQUINAS
Grant me, O Lord my God,
a mind to know you,
a heart to seek you,
wisdom to find you,
conduct pleasing to you,
faithful perseverance in waiting for you,
and a hope of finally embracing you. Amen.
MATTHEW 11:28-29 NRSV
Come to me, all you that are weary
and are carrying heavy burdens,
and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you,
and learn from me;
for I am gentle and humble in heart,
and you will find rest for your souls.
Lighting the candle this morning, I sit quietly before it.
This is time set aside for God and me to be together.
God is never too busy to listen.
My heart is open.
I come empty,
I come in hope,
I come in need to be made anew.
Come Lord, your presence ...
Hail, Holy Queen, mother of mercy,
our life, our sweetness and our hope.
To you do we cry poor banished children of Eve;
to you do we send up our sighs,
mourning and weeping in this valley of tears.
Turn then, most gracious advocate,
your eyes of mercy upon us,
and after this, our exile,