Here are some prayers for your finals starting on next week. St. Thomas Aquinas is the patron of students, so it is a common practice to ask for his intercession and use prayers that he wrote.
PRAYER OF ST. THOMAS
Ineffable Creator, Who out of the treasures of Thy wisdom has appointed three hierarchies of Angels and set them in admirable order high above the heavens and hast disposed the divers portions of the universe in such marvellous array, Thou Who art called the True Source of Light and supereminent Principle of Wisdom, be pleased to cast a beam of Thy radiance upon the darkness of my mind and dispel from me the double darkness of sin and ignorance in which I have been born.
Thou Who makest eloquent the tongues of little children, fashion my words and pour upon my lips the grace of Thy benediction. Grant me penetration to understand, capacity to retain, method and facility in study, subtlety in interpretation and abundant grace of expression.
Order the beginning, direct the progress and perfect the achievement of my work, Thou Who art true God and true Man and livest and reignest for ever and ever. Amen.
Another from St. Thomas Aquinas – patron of students. We used this one in Grad. school frequently.
Grant, O merciful God, that I may
and perfectly accomplish
what is pleasing to You,
for the praise and glory of Your Name. Amen.
A good prayer to use before studying.
A Prayer before studying for exams.“God of Wisdom, I thank you for the knowledge gained and the learning experiences of the semester. I come to you this day and ask you to illuminate my mind and heart. Let your Spirit be with me as I prepare for exams, guiding my studies, and giving me insight so that I can perform to the best of my ability. Please grant me the strength to handle the pressure during these final days of the semester, the confidence to feel secure in my knowledge, and the ability to keep an appropriate perspective through it all. Help me to keep in mind what is truly important, even as I focus my time and energy on these tests in the immediate future. Finally, may I sense your peace in knowing that I applied myself to the challenges of this day.”
Under thy patronage, dear Mother, and calling on the mystery of thine Immaculate Conception, I desire to pursue my studies and my literary labors: I hereby solemnly declare that I am giving myself to these studies chiefly to the following end: that I may the better contribute to the glory of God and to the promotion of thy veneration among men. I pray thee, therefore, most loving Mother, who art the Seat of Wisdom, to bless my labors in thy loving-kindness. Moreover I promise with true affection and a willing spirit, as it is right that I should do, to ascribe all the good that shall come to me therefrom, wholly to thine intercession for me in God’s holy presence. Amen.
Incomprehensible Creator, the true Fountain of light and only Author of all knowledge: deign, we beseech Thee, to enlighten our understanding, and to remove from us all darkness of sin and ignorance. Thou, who makest eloquent the tongues of those who lack utterance, direct our tongues, and pour on our lips the grace of thy blessing. Give us a diligent and obedient spirit, quickness of apprehension, capacity of retaining, and the powerful assistance of Thy holy grace; that what we hear or learn we may apply to Thy honor and the eternal salvation of our own souls. Amen.
Lastly, a prayer recommended last time I posted prayers for finals:
Prayer Before Exams to St. Joseph of Cupertino
O Great St. Joseph of Cupertino who while on earth did obtain from God the grace to be asked at your examination only the questions you knew, obtain for me a like favour in the examinations for which I am now preparing. In return I promise to make you known and cause you to be invoked.
Through Christ our Lord.
St. Joseph of Cupertino, Pray for us.
Another Prayer Before Exams to St. Joseph of Cupertino
O St. Joseph of Cupertino who by your prayer obtained from God to be asked at your examination, the only preposition you knew. Grant that I may like you succeed in the (here mention the name of Examination) examination.
In return I promise to make you known and cause you to be invoked.
O St. Joseph of Cupertino pray for me
O Holy Ghost enlighten me
Our Lady of Good Studies pray for me
Sacred Head of Jesus, Seat of divine wisdom, enlighten me.
St. Thomas Aquinas pray for all students.
Marcel is a husband and father of five, serves on the pastoral council at St. Mary’s and is the founder and Executive Director of Catholic Missionary Disciples.
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of god, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. – James 1:5.
Loving Heavenly Father!I am so worried and anxious about my studies. I am scared of my exams and I have absolutely no confidence on my own wisdomLord! You have promised to give wisdom to those who ask You. So I have come to You with faith and great expectations. Father! Forgive me for all the time I have wasted and forgive all my shortcomings. I realize the importance of my studies and I look to You for help. I totally rely upon You Master for You are the treasure house of all wisdom and knowledge. Even now Lord! I find it difficult to cope up with all the subjects and my memory power often fails me. Please strengthen my memory power and grant me Your grace to grasp my subjects easily. Without Your help and guidance I can never achieve any success Lord! I completely surrender myself to You and plead for Your divine guidance. Help me learn my subjects in the correct way so that I can answer my papers in an excellent manner. Please remove this fear from my mind and fill me with confidence. I know I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me! So I depend on You Lord Be with me while I write my exam and hold my hand! Keep me in good health and peace so that I can do well in my exams. I thank You for helping me Lord. I take success in Your mighty name. In Jesus name I pray.Amen.
Prayer for Preparation to Study
Lord, I know you are with me and love me.
Give me peace of mind as I prepare for this time of study.
Help me to focus on my books and notes,
keep me from all distractions so that I will make the best use
of this time that is available to me.
Give me insight that I might understand what I am studying ,
and help me to remember it when the time comes.
Above all, I thank you for the ability to be able to study
and for the many gifts and talents you have given me.
Help me always to use them in such a way
that they honour you and do justice to myself. Amen
Prayer Before an Examination
Dear Lord, as I take this exam, I thank you that my value
Is not based on my performance, but on your great love for me.
Come into my heart so that we can walk through this time together.
Help me, not only with this test, but the many tests of life that are sure to come my way.
As I take this exam, bring back to my mind everything I studied
and be gracious with what I have overlooked.
Help me to remain focussed and calm, confident in the facts and in my ability,
and firm in the knowledge that no matter what happens today you are there with me. Amen
A Prayer Before Exam
Help me to use my time
and my intelligence wisely
as I prepare for my License Examination for Teacher
on September 25,2011
Help me to understand
and focus above that contains the exams
Help me to listen to Your Holy Spirit,
so that You, as my Loving Father,
will help me to pass this time.
My Loving Father, Give me wide and more knowledge so as I take again on my 3rd times of LET,
My Loving Father, give me more confidence to pass
and prove it to the people around me,
Mary, Mother of my spiritual life,
guide me in the ways of your Son,
so that I can show to my Father
that I can be a License Teacher!
Help me to not disappoint him again from me,
Thank you Lord for letting me to take again!
I love you more and more in my life!
In my Loving Father’s name I pray!
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