Friday, August 28, 2015

New School Year 2015-2016

Prayer at the Beginning of School

Read with the children the following books from the bible and pray.

Proverbs 3:13-15
14 14 14 14 
Happy is the man who finds wisdom,
And the man who gains understanding;
 For her proceeds are better than the profits of silver,
And her gain than fine gold.

She is more precious than rubies,

And all the things you may desire cannot compare with her.


O Lord, our Lord and Creator, who has honored us with Thine own image; who has taught Thine elect, so that most wise are they who give heed to Thy teaching; who reveals wisdom unto babes; who has imparted Thy teaching unto Solomon and unto all who have sought Thy wisdom; open Thou the heart, the mind, and the lips of this Thy servants... our children, our hope and glory, that he/she/they may receive the power of Thy law, and understand the knowledge which shall be taught him/her/them to the glory of Thy all holy name, to the profit and the building upon Thy holy Church, and that he/she/they may comprehend Thy good and perfect will. 
Almighty God, send down upon (these children) the spirit of wisdom and understanding; open (their) minds and lips to learn their lessons well, enlighten (their) hearts unto receiving of precepts of good instruction, so that they may have a wise and virtuous life and prosperity through their faith and consolation to everyone involved.
Deliver him/her/them from every hostile oppression, tribulation, wrath and peril, keep them by Thy grace; preserver him/her/them in the Orthodox faith and in holiness all the days of his/her/their life/lives, that he/she/they may increase in wisdom, and in the fulfilling of Thy commandments; that being thus prepared he/she/they may glorify Thine all holy name, and become an heir of Thy kingdom. Give their teachers the spirit of wisdom and grace so that they may direct their pupils to reverence truth, desire goodness, and rejoice in beauty and of them may come to know and worship Thee, the giver of all that is good.
For Thou art God, mighty in mercy, and gracious in strength; and unto Thee is due glory: to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: now, always, and forever, and ever. Amen.

Source: Priest's Companion by Very Rev. Thomas P. Mundukuzhy Cor Episcopa

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