Under thy patronage, dear Mother,
and calling on the mystery of thine Immaculate Conception,
I desire to pursue my studies and my literary labours:
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 labours 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.