Prayer for beginning of school

prayer for beginning of school

Lord Jesus, we ask for Your help as we begin this new school year. Allow us to experience Your presence in the many blessings You put before us. Open our eyes to the new challenges and exciting opportunities that this new school year brings. Open our heart and mind to new friends and new teachers. Give us a generous spirit to be enthusiastic with our studies and courage to accept new opportunities. Help us to be attentive to one another and let us experience Your presence in our new friends. Jesus, inspire us to do our best this year! Amen

prayer for beginning of school

Lord, Give us insight to see realistically “what is”; but make us dreamers and give us vision of all the possibilities for “what can be.” Use us as your instruments to form, inform, reform, and transform those who come to us. We ask this in your name, Jesus Christ. Amen

prayer for beginning of school

Loving Creator, Map your goals for us in our hearts. Make our classrooms oases in the busy world. Make them places of warmth and trust. May our affirmation of our students enable them to know that their opinion counts. Free them to stretch themselves as they seek holistic growth in a safe, nurturing, Christian environment. Amen

prayer for beginning of school

Dearest Father in Heaven, Bless us all and bless this day of new beginnings. Smile upon this staff and student body, And surround us, Lord, with the soft mantle of your love. Teach this community to follow in your footsteps, And to live life in the ways of Love, faith, hope and charity. We ask this through your name, Jesus Christ… Amen

God, I am not sure if you really exist. Accept me with all my doubts and fears and show yourself to me in such a way that I can somehow move forward. Show yourself to me as love, Show yourself to me as forgiveness Show yourself to me as new life, as the promise of a new beginning. Amen

prayer for beginning of school

Lord God, You are a global God. Grace us and grace our students with global vision in our mission to spread your love. May we be trailblazers as we bring that “touch of magic,” that touch of your love, to those we meet each day. We make this prayer in your name, Jesus Christ. Amen

prayer for beginning of school

Loving Father: Make us feeling people, who empathize with the many emotions which pervade our buildings each day. May we harness the energy of those feelings and use it in building a learning community of students, faculty, administrators, staff, and parents within the nurturing environment of our schools and homes. Amen

prayer for beginning of school

May the blessing of the Holy Trinity go with us today. May God’s strength keep us secure. May Christ our true Wisdom guide our learning. May the Holy Spirit make us glad and good. May the enfolding of the Trinity hold us and bring us, at day’s end, safely home.  Amen.

prayer for beginning of school

Lord, keep us strong so that we can carry out your works: feeding the hungry, visiting the sick, clothing the naked and being a voice for those who suffer persecution. Bless us this year, so that we may all experience rich friendships, authentic success, and purpose in all we do. Amen

prayer for beginning of school

Lord God, In our work as Catholic students and teachers, let us reach out to all, remembering that anonymity is not acceptable for anyone in our communities. May we live our lives so that people recognize you in us…so that wearing the cross would not be incongruous to those who know us. May those in our schools be “pearls” to us, valued for the unique beauty they bring to our communities. Amen

Creator God, May our lives be quilted together in love made visible, as we laugh, love, labour, and learn together. Enliven our spirits that our inner beings may give form and strength to all we do. Finally, grant that we who serve in Catholic schools may love you much, may love one another, and may never forget why we came! Amen.

prayer for beginning of school

Loving God, Look upon these students. Let them enjoy their learning and take delight in new discoveries. Help them to persevere in their studies and give them the desire to learn all things well.  Look upon these teachers. Let them strive to share their knowledge with gentle patience and endeavour always to bring the truth to eager minds. Grant that students and teachers alike may follow Jesus Christ, the way, the truth, and the life, forever and ever. Amen

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Loving God, thank you for the joys that summer brought to us. You have blessed us with time to spend with family and friends, rest and relaxation, and a break from school work. As we return to our studies, inspire us to take on a new interest in new classes and new topics. Be with us as we discover old friendships and start new ones. Amen.

Reader 1A reading from the Gospel according to Matthew (Mt 5:13-16)

“You are the salt of the earth. But if salt loses its taste, with what can it be seasoned? It is no longer good for anything but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and then put it under a bushel basket; it is set on a lampstand, where it gives light to all in the house. Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father.”Leader

Take a moment to reflect on your summers. When were you “salty”? When were you “light”? (Pause) Now think of the coming school year. How can you be the salt for this school? Who will you inspire today?

Leader Let us offer prayers of petition to our Lord.

Reader 2 The response is, “Lord, hear our prayer.”

For our school, may it continue to be a beacon of light to the students, teachers, staff, and parents involved in this community.
We pray to the Lord. (Lord, hear our prayer.)

Reader 3 For the Church, may it continue to bring light to those in darkness.

We pray to the Lord. (Lord, hear our prayer.)

Reader 4 For all people who have made this new school year possible, especially faculty and staff. Bless their work now and throughout this school year.

We pray to the Lord. (Lord, hear our prayer.)

Reader 5

For the students, may join together in unity and support of one another in the classroom, in clubs, and on sports teams.
We pray to the Lord. (Lord, hear our prayer.)

Leader Lord, we ask all these things in your holy name, amen.

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The end of summer is setting in, and the “back to school” advertisements are making their inevitable debut. School and parish religious education programs are about to get underway if they have not already begun. As leaders, catechists, children, and families gather together again or for the very first time, planning an event that brings together all of the participants in your program will set the tone for a new year of religious education. The Beginning the School Year Prayer Service is wonderful resource to help leaders plan an effective “back to religious education” gathering.

prayer for beginning of school

prayer for beginning of school

The Beginning the School Year Prayer Service includes a Scripture reading, traditional prayer, and the option for music and song. It also includes a special blessing of the Religion texts that the students will learn from and be inspired by throughout the year. The Scripture reading and Prayers of the Faithful allow for the participation of readers, who can be catechists or students. At the very end of the prayer service, a fitting sign of peace is shared among all program participants.

The Beginning the School Year Prayer Service is flexible and simple. It is designed so that a catechist can use it with a single class or a leader with an entire program. You may even wish to invite the parish priest to welcome and address the participants during the prayer service. In any instance, the prayer service will place your students and your year in the presence of God.

If you are looking for more resources to kick-start your program, you may like an exclusive eBook offering helpful tips to first time catechists as they embark on their first year of teaching religion education classes, or an eBook offering suggestions to prepare Parish Catechetical Leaders for a new year of religious education. For a little inspiration from a former Catholic School Teacher, discover the What I Learned as a Catholic School Teacher post on Sadlier’s We Believe and Share Blog. (And you may want to use these colorful name tags featuring the Six Tasks of Catechesis for this Beginning the School Year Prayer Service or other events at the start of your program!)

What are some ways you plan to kick off your religious education program for the year? We would love to hear about the events and resources that work best for you as you begin a new year of religious education.

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In this section you will find resources to assist and support R.E. Departments & Chaplains who are organising opening of the school year Masses or Prayer Services. The Student Guide to the New Mass is a useful resource to help prepare students before attending the Mass and there are also sample opening mass booklets.

Planning a Mass Resources

Student Guide to The New Mass Preparing a Mass  Preparing a Prayer Service

Prayer Service / Mass Templates

Opening of School Year Liturgy 2015/16 – We give you praise, O God, for everything that is new & beautiful

Opening of the School Year Mass – Share the Light of Jesus

Opening of the School Year Mass – Let Your Light Shine

A School Parable

God’s Blessings on the Academic Year Service

Opening School Year Liturgy Prayer Service – Put your hands in the hand of God

Prayer Service Beginning of School Year Prayers for Students to Start the Year

Senior Students Start of Year Prayer Service

Beginning of the School Year Exam Students Prayer Service

Welcome Celebration for First Year Students

Drama (to accompany 1st year welcome celebration)

A School Parable

Staff Prayer for start of school year  

Useful Links

SchoolEthos.ie where you will find several templates and resources which are free to download and edit.

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