Graduation prayers for high school

This High school graduation prayer asks that the graduates will continue to grow in their ability to live lives blessed with God’s presence and purpose.

High School Graduation Prayer

Dear Heavenly Father, We come to you with thankful hearts for all those near and dear to us who are graduating from high school.   We thank you for giving each graduate the talents, abilities and self discipline required for this wonderful accomplishment.

We are grateful to You for providing the teachers, mentors, coaches and youth counselors who have taught them, nurtured them and challenged them along the way.

Now that their minds have been well equipped with the basic knowledge of many different subjects, we pray that their hearts and spirits will also be well equipped for successful living.

Add heavenly wisdom and discernment to their knowledge.  Infuse their ambitions and dreams with Your love.

Help them to desire Your good way for their future.

Remind them that you are only a prayer away when they meet obstacles, heartbreaks and challenges.

May they always be courageous enough to ask for help, advice and support when they need it.  May they never needlessly suffer alone without reaching out to You and to others who care.

As they become independent adults, help them learn the secret of dependence on You.  Give them a desire to know more about You.  May they find you in the Scriptures, in the joy of new love, in the gathering of Your people, in the beauty of Your creation and in the strength of their youth.

And now may Your blessings be theirs as they begin a new life full of joy and promise.  Amen.

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(Reuters) – A federal judge ruled on Tuesday that a high school graduation in a San Antonio suburb may not include an opening and closing prayer or the words “invocation” or “benediction.”

District Judge Fred Biery ruled that using those words would make it sound like Castroville’s Medina Valley High School is “sponsoring a religion.”

“We think that the district has been flouting the law for decades,” said Ayesha Kahn, an attorney for Americans United for Separation of Church and State, which filed the lawsuit. “We’re glad that the court is going to put an end to it.”

No appeal of the ruling is planned, and the invocation and benediction will no longer take place, said Chris Martinez, assistant superintendent of the Medina Valley Independent School District.

“Our entire school system is set up on following the rules, and we are going to do that,” Martinez told Reuters.

“But this is one parent’s opinion of what we are doing. We don’t believe we have done anything wrong.”

Christa and Danny Schultz, who describe themselves as agnostics, sued the district, claiming that their son might not participate in the graduation set for Saturday if he were forced to participate in religious activities.

Biery ruled that students who are speaking at graduation can still talk about their faith, or cite a belief in God as the reason for their success, but they may not say “amen” or “God bless you,” or have the audience rise and bow their heads.

There are 238 students set to graduate.

Martinez said the Pledge of Allegiance, which includes the words “under God,” will go on as scheduled.

(Editing by Corrie MacLaggan and Jerry Norton)

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Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly identified the organization Americans United for Separation of Church and State as Americans United for Church and State.

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