Prayers Composed by Blessed Hyacinthe-Marie Cormier
Master-General of the Order of Preachers (1904-1916)

Blessed Hyacinthe-Marie Cormier

To Christ the Lord

O Uncreated Word, Eternal Wisdom, Model and Creator of all men, Thou Who didst give to Blessed Albert a vast understanding to contemplate all things in their entirety--from the lowliest of earth's creatures, with their wonderful qualities, to the stars of heaven, and even to God with His infinite perfections--grant me also to understand, according to the humble capacity of my intellect, the bond among them all which unites the diverse sciences and the mutual assistance which they are able to give to serve, in one accord, the One Truth. Then will I greatly esteem them and those who cultivate their diverse branches, and I will call that the blessed moment of my desires when all learned men will study to place their untiring labors, their acquired knowledge and their numerous discoveries at the service of Faith. I ask this favor, O Lord, for Thy glory, for the honor of Thy holy Church and for the salvation of souls redeemed by thy precious blood. Amen.

To Mary, the Queen of the Most Holy Rosary

O Virgin Mary, grant that the recitation of thy Rosary for me each day, in the midst of my manifold duties, a link of unity in all my actions, a tribute of filial piety, a sweet recreation, a help to walk joyously in the path of duty. Grant, especially, O Virgin Mary, that the study of thy fifteen mysteries may gradually form in my soul a pure, bright, fortifying, sweet-scented atmosphere which will penetrate my will, my memory, my understanding, my imagination, my entire being. Thus will I acquire the habit of prayer while working, without the help of formulas, by interior movements of admiration and supplication, or by aspirations of love. I ask this, O Queen of the Holy Rosary, through Dominic, Thy son of predilection, the illustrious preacher of thy mysteries, and faithful imitator of thy virtues. Amen.

To the Patriarch, St. Joseph

O glorious St. Joseph, model of all who labor, obtain for me the grace to work in the spirit of penance in expiation for my numberless sins; preferring devotion to duty to my inclinations; to work with joy and gratitude, regarding it as an honor to develop and employ by work the gifts which I have received from God; to work with order, peace, patience and moderation, without ever recoiling before weariness and difficulties; to work, especially, with a pure intention and detached from myself, ever having death before my eyes and the account which I must give for time lost, for talents unused, for good omitted and for vain satisfaction in success, so fatal to the work of God. All for Jesus, all for Mary, all in imitation of thee, O Patriarch Joseph! Such will be my desire in life and at the hour of my death. Amen.

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