Catholic Schools Week is a time of celebration of the bright light that Catholic schools are to the children and communities they serve. This Catholic Schools Week prayer service has a special focus on light and in a particular way the light that shines forth from the students in Catholic schools everywhere.

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Scripture Reading

A reading from the Gospel according to Matthew.

“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.” (Matthew 5:13:16)

The Gospel of the Lord. Praise to You Lord Jesus Christ.

Let us pray:

Heavenly Father, Your light shines brightly in your children. You have inspired us to do good deeds in your name. Bless this school and all who work to make your will known in the world. We ask this in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.


[Have students create their own intentions to be offered during the prayer service]

The response is: Lord, let you light shine before your people.