“The Church needs men and women who are intent on teaching by word and example – intent on helping to permeate the whole educational milieu with the spirit of Christ. This is a great vocation, and the Lord himself will reward all who serve in it as educators in the cause of the word of God.” – Pope John Paul II
The start of the school year can be stressful for everyone – whether you’re a parent purchasing school supplies, a teacher planning lessons, or a student figuring out their class schedule. As Catholics, we recognize the vital importance of education, and thank the Lord for our teachers, students, and the families who support them. Today, we invite you to reflect on these prayers for the school year, asking the Lord to help prepare the hearts of students, parents, and teachers as they begin another year of learning.
A Prayer for Teachers
Lord God, your spirit of wisdom fills the earth and teaches us your ways. Look upon these teachers. Let them strive to share their knowledge with gentle patience and endeavor always to bring the truth to eager minds. Grant that they may follow Jesus Christ, the way, the truth, and the life, forever and ever. Amen.
A Prayer for Families
We bless your name, O Lord, for sending your own incarnate Son, to become part of a family, so that, as he lived its life, he would experience its worries and its joys. We ask you, Lord, to protect and watch over this family, so that in the strength of your grace its members may enjoy prosperity, possess the priceless gift of your peace, and, as the Church alive in the home, bear witness in this world to your glory. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
A Prayer for Students
Lord our God, in your wisdom and love you surround us with the mysteries of the universe. Send your Spirit upon these students and fill them with your wisdom and blessings. Grant that they may devote themselves to their studies and draw ever closer to you, the source of all knowledge. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Prayer for Teachers, USCCB
Prayer for Families, USCCB
Prayer for Students, USCCB