Saint Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274)
Angelic Doctor and Patron of Catholic Universities, Patron of the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas in Urbe (Angelicum)
Memorial, January 28
You raised up in your Church the blessed Thomas, a doctor angelic in the integrity of his life and in the loftiness of his mind. You raised him up to strengthen your Church with his salutary and solid doctrine, and to enlighten her as a sun; his wisdom, extolled by all, commands the administration of the whole world. (Preface, Dominican Missal)
O Angelic Doctor, Holy Thomas, prince of theologians and pattern of philosophers, bright ornament of the Christian world, light of the Church, heavenly patron of Catholic schools, who taught wisdom without invention, and shared it without grudging, pray to Wisdom Himself, the Son of God, for us. Pray that the Spirit of Wisdom having come into us, we may understand those things which you taught, and perform in imitation the things which you did. Pray also that we may be made partakers in the learning and virtues with which you while on earth did shine as the sun, and finally that with you in Heaven we may enjoy forever their most sweet fruits, praising with you Divine Wisdom, through infinite ages of ages. Amen.