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Prayer for Students

Posted on: September 1, 2014

St. Albert the Great, St. Thomas Aquinas, St. John Bosco, St. Gregory the Great, St. John Baptist de la Salle*: the first three are patron saints of students and the last two, of teachers.

We know students need a lot of prayer. To shift their focus back to schoolwork after spending a few months at a summer job or at camps. To choose wisely the friends they’ll spend time with and the activities they’ll spend time on this school year. To set priorities and persevere to overcome challenges.

Teachers also need our prayers that they would be able to present the course material in creative ways, notice if students struggle with their work, manage students’ behaviour in the classroom and on school grounds, and maintain a balance between completing their prep and marking work and spending time with their families.

And let’s not forget the bus drivers who safely transport our children to and from school, the early childhood educators and educational assistants who help in classrooms, the librarians who manage the resource materials, the custodial staff who keep the facilities clean, and the administrative staff who keep the schools running smoothly and safely.

That’s a lot of people to cover in prayer.

first day of school

My son’s first day of school in September 2004

With tomorrow being the first day of school, let’s take a moment to offer a prayer for staff that they would have patience, guidance, strength and good judgement. That staff and students would have a positive start to the new school year, especially those making the transition from home and daycare to school, from elementary school to high school, from high school to post-secondary education or training, or from one school to another because of a move. And that we would all be on the lookout during our travels for students walking or taking the bus so that they arrive safely at their destinations.

And for those returning to work or other routines after the summer break, I pray that September finds you refreshed and restored.

(*For more on these and other patron saints, see Saints.SQPN.com and Voices of the Saints: A 365-Day Journey With Our Spiritual Companions by Bert Ghezzi.)


1 Response to "Prayer for Students"

I think you about covered them all. 🙂 Thank you for your prayers for all of these good people.

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