Engaging Faith: Practical lesson ideas and activities for Catholic Educators

July 22, 2010

Beginning of the School Year Prayer Service

+Sign of the Cross

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 1
A 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.”

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?

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.)

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

+Sign of the Cross


1 William O'Leary

May 31, 2012
This is great. Thank you for posting it!

2 Linda Arnold

Sept. 16, 2012
This is wonderful. Great images that even young children can connect with. Thank you!

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