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, new families, new students, new colleagues, 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
'(adapted from prayer-resource.blogspot.co.nz)Welcome to the start of the 2015 school year (see below for prayer resources). All classes are starting the year learning about aspects of prayer. Here are two of our traditional prayers that you could pray with your children at home:
Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be your name,
Your will be done
On earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread,
Forgive us our sins,
As we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial
And deliver us from evil.
Hail Mary full of grace,
The Lord is with you,
Blessed are you amongst women,
And blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus
Holy Mary, mother of God
Pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death.
The Sign of the Cross
The sign of the cross reminds us of the Holy Trinity. We say it with our left hand on our breastbone, then we say:
In the name of the Father (moving the right hand to the forehead),
And of the Son (moving the right hand to the left hand to below the breastbone)
And of the Holy (moving the right hand to touch the left shoulder)
Spirit (right hand to right shoulder).
Amen (hands joined in front of the breastbone).
In this way we make the sign of the cross on our bodies. For anyone who would like to find out more about this sacred tradition check out this site: Catholic sign of the cross