Patron Saint Thomas More
St. Thomas More is the patron saint of lawyers. He lived
in England during the sixteenth century, studied at
Oxford University and received a law degree. He practiced
law in the Parliament and was eventually named Lord
Chancellor by King Henry VIII.
St. Thomas More put his belief in God and the Church
of England above the king and above his career. He was
eventually beheaded by the king because he refused to
deny the Pope's supremacy in the Church rather than
St. Thomas More is also the patron saint of other causes:
* Adopted children
* Civil servants
* Court clerks
* Difficult marriages
* Large families
Many people who have St. Thomas More as their patron
wear a St. Thomas More medal or a St. Thomas More medallion
in remembrance of this great man of the Church.
It is also traditional to give a St. Thomas More pendant
to a friend or relative who is attending law school
or has already become a lawyer to offer them the intercession
of their patron saint Thomas More.
Prayer to Saint Thomas More for Lawyers
Dear Scholar and Martyr, it was not the King of England
but you who were the true Defender of the Faith. Like
Christ unjustly condemned, neither promises nor threats
could make you accept a civil ruler as head of the Christian
Church. Perfect in your honesty and love of truth, grant
that lawyers and judges may imitate you and achieve
true justice for all people. Amen.
Prayer to Saint Thomas More,
Counselor of law and statesman of integrity, merry martyr
and most human of saints:
Pray that, for the glory of God and in the pursuit
of His justice, I may be trustworthy with confidences,
keen in study, accurate in analysis, correct in conclusion,
able in argument, loyal to clients, honest with all,
courteous to adversaries, ever attentive to conscience.
Sit with me at my desk and listen with me to my clients'
tales. Read with me in my library and stand always beside
me so that today I shall not, to win a point, lose my
Pray that my family may find in me what yours found
in you: friendship and courage, cheerfulness and charity,
diligence in duties, counsel in adversity, patience
in pain-their good servant, and God's first.
|St. Thomas More
. Have the jewelry store engrave the recipient's
name on the back of the pendant along with a short
message or date if appropriate.
Large Gold St. Thomas
are available in 14k gold,
gold filled and sterling silver. All sterling
silver items come with a 18 inch or 24 inch chain.
|St. Thomas More
is the perfect size for a charm bracelet
or a necklace for a child. All gold filled and
sterling silver pendants come with a chain.
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