Saint Anselm’s Prayer by a Bishop or Abbot to the Patron Saint of his Church
St N, Holy N, Blessed N,
one of the glorious apostles of God,
one of the blessed friends of God,
this sinner, this needy one, this one of yours,
although unworthy, although incapable,
although so unsuitable a substitute,
again and again comes back to you,
doubtful, ignorant, anxious about your people,
your congregation, and about his own peril.
Obviously I am a useless person,
adorned with no good works,
but darkened by a profound ignorance,
deformed by countless vices, burdened by huge sins.
I, I say, whom God and you after God,
either ordered or permitted (I know not which)
to be called abbot of this church under your patronage,
under your leadership, constituted under your name;
anxious about myself and those committed to me,
I beg to consult you, I pray you to listen,
and I expect you through all to work on my behalf.