World Teachers' Day - Videos and Prayers



Here are several videos to remember and celebrate our Teachers:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j1CFlRg_Pmo
 
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Several Prayers:

Prayer for World Teachers Day

By: Dr. Anthony Cuschieri

Gracious God stay with us
with your enabling Spirit,
guiding us as we lead our students
towards your kingdom.
We accomplish in our lifetime
only a fraction of the magnificent work
of your creation.
We lay foundations
that will need further development.
We plant seeds that one day will grow;
we water seeds already planted,
knowing that they hold future promise;
we provide yeast that produces
effects far beyond our capabilities.
This is what we are about.
We cannot do everything
and we feel liberated by this realization.
Our work may be incomplete
but it is a beginning,
a step along the way,
an opportunity for your Grace
to enter and do the rest.
Keep us faithful to your mandate
to love and serve others
as your son Jesus has taught us.
Amen.

(Adapted from Archbishop Oscar Romero's "Creating the Church of Tomorrow")
 
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Lord, let me be just what they need.
If they need someone to trust, let me be trustworthy.
If they need sympathy, let me sympathize.
If they need love, (and they do need love), let me love, in full measure.
Let me not anger easily, Lord but let me be just.
Permit my justice to be tempered in your mercy.
When I stand before them, Lord, let me look strong and good and honest and loving.
And let me be as strong and good and honest and loving as I look to them.
Help me to counsel the anxious, crack the covering of the shy, temper the
rambunctious with a gentle attitude.
Permit me to teach only the truth.
Help me to inspire them so that learning will not cease at the classroom door.
Let the lessons they learn make their lives fruitful and happy.
And, Lord, let me bring them to You.
Teach them through me to love You.
Finally, permit me to learn the lessons they teach.
 
I want to teach my students how
To live this life on earth
To face its struggles and its strife
And to improve their worth
Not just the lesson in a book
Or how the rivers flow
But how to choose the proper path
Wherever they may go
To understand eternal truth And know
The right from wrong
And gather all the beauty of a Flower
And a song for if
I help the world to grow In wisdom
And in grace
Then I shall feel that I have won
And I have filled my place
And so I ask Your guidance, God
That I may do my part
For character and confidence
And happiness of Heart.
 
God grant me wisdom, creativity and love.
 
With wisdom, I may look to the future
and see the effect that my teaching will
have on these children and thus adapt my
methods to fit the needs of each one.
 
With creativity, I can prepare new and interesting
projects that can challenge my students and expand
their minds to set higher goals and dream loftier dreams.
 
With love, I can praise my students for jobs well done
and encourage them to get up and go when they fall.
God, I have come to the frightening conclusion.
I an the decisive element in the classroom.
It is my personal approach that creates the climate.
It is my daily mood that makes the weather.
As a teacher I possess tremendous power to make a child's
life miserable or joyous.
I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration.
I can humiliate or humour, hurt or heal.
In all situations it is my response that decides whether a crisis
will be escalated or de-escalated and a child humanized or
de-humanized.
Grant me the insight and patience to make the right decisions
to model Jesus in my classroom.
 
Everything depends on the person who stands in the front of
the classroom.  The teacher is not an automatic fountain from which
intellectual beverages may be obtained.  He is either a witness or a
stranger.  To guide a pupil to the promised land he must have been there
himself.  When asking herself: do I stand for what I teach?  do I believe
what I say?  she must be able to answer in the affirmative.
 
What we need more than anything else is not textbooks but textpeople. 
It is the personality of the teacher which is the text that the pupils read:
the text that they will never forget.
There they sit, Father,
a neat stack of yellow report cards.
And here I sit,
an anxious and bewildered Solomon,
praying in my heart for wisdom,
while the controversy about grading surges on.
 
Should there be an objective standard
whereby children are measured against other children?
 
And how do we weigh a child's achievement
against his ability and effort?
Can we penalize a child for having little natural ability,
when he can't get a high mark
no matter how hard he tries?
And what about the child for whom "A"s come easily?
Will he skim through school never knowing what it is to try?
 
And what is happening
when an "A" becomes so important that a child will
cheat for it,
perhaps to avoid abuse at home?
 
So here I sit, Father,
forced to take these cards seriously
because other people do.
Long on questions,
short on answers.
 
Father,
as I reach reluctantly for the top card,
let me also reach for your promise:
"If any one of you lacks wisdom,
let him ask of God."
 
Prayer For the Stressful Day
May He support us all the day long,
till the shades lengthen, and the evening comes,
and the busy world is hushed,
and the fever of life is over and our work is done!
Then in His mercy may He give us a safe lodging,
and a holy rest, and peace at the last.
John Henry Newman (1801-1890)
 
Prayer For Educational Institutions
Eternal God
Bless all schools, colleges, and universities,
especially __________,
that they may be lively centers for sound learning,
new discovery, and the pursuit of wisdom;
and grant that those who teach and those who learn
may find you to be the source of all truth;
through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.
Book of Common Prayer, USA, 1979
Prayer Before a Sporting Event
God our Father,
You have created us
to strive for the best.
Grant to all athletes, coaches, and fans,
strength to pursue excellence
during this event,
and in all that we do.
We pray for the safety of these athletes;
Protect them from injury and harm.
And finally, we pray for your grace,
that you would provide us
with the endurance to pursue our heavenly prize:
eternal life in Your Son. Amen
David Bennett
Prayer For Knowledge and Strength
Give me O Lord, I pray Thee
firm faith, unwavering hope
perfect charity.
Pour into my heart
the Spirit of wisdom and understanding
the Spirit of counsel and spiritual strength
the Spirit of knowledge and true godliness
and the Spirit of Thy holy fear
Light eternal, shine in my heart
Power eternal, deliver me from evil
Wisdom eternal, scatter the darkness of my ignorance
Might eternal, pity me
Grant that I may ever seek Thy face
with all my heart and soul and strength;
and, in thine infinite mercy,
bring me at last to Thy holy presence
where I shall behold Thy glory
and possess Thy promised joys
St. Alcuin of York (735-804)
Prayer For Knowledge of God's Creation
Almighty and everlasting God,
You made the universe with all its marvelous order,
its atoms, worlds, and galaxies,
and the infinite complexity of living creatures:
Grant that, as we probe the mysteries of your creation,
we may come to know you more truly,
and more surely fulfill our role in your eternal purpose;
in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
Book of Common Prayer, USA, 1979
Prayer for Bus Drivers
Father,
We thank you for the patience
and dedication of bus drivers,
who are entrusted with
the safety and care of children.
Watch over all school bus drivers,
we pray,
and guide them, in your mercy,
that they, and their passengers,
may reach their intended destinations,
safely and securely.
We pray in Jesus name, Amen.
David Bennett
Prayer For Patience and Gentleness
Bestow on me, O Lord,
a genial spirit and unwearied forbearance;
a mild, loving, patient, heart;
kindly looks, pleasant cordial speech, and manners
in the exchanges of daily life;
that I may give offence to none,
but as much as in lies,
live in charity with all men.
Johann Arndt, (1555-1621)
Prayer For a Willingness to Serve Others
Lord, make us instruments of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let us sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is discord, union;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.
Grant that we may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen.
St. Francis of Assisi (1181-1226)
Prayer For a Neighborhood School
Heavenly Father
You have made human beings in such a way
that all education is most important for their welfare.
Our neighborhood school is lacking _________
and can barely teach our children basic morals and knowledge
that they need in order to live in union with others
and with You, their Creator.
Help us to restore our school
so that our children may receive knowledge of You
And of Your Son, which is eternal life. Amen
New Saint Joseph People's Prayer Book, adapted
Prayer For Wisdom and Understanding
Teach me, O my Lord Jesus,
instruct me that I may learn from Thee
what I ought to teach concerning thee.
Anglican Archbishop William Laud (1573-1645)
Prayer For Beginning a New School Year
Father,
We thank you for the opportunity
to begin the _____-_____ school year,
and we ask that you bless
the faculty, the students, and student families.
We pray that you will guide us in all ways,
and that we will seek your will
in everything that we do.
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
David Bennett
School Prayer For the Anniversary of 9-11
Father,
on this anniversary of the 9-11 terrorist attacks,
we pray that you comfort all those still suffering
from this tragedy.
We pray for the souls of all those who lost their lives
in this, and all, terrorist attacks.
May all those consumed by hated for others,
be touched by your divine love.
We pray in Jesus name. Amen
David Bennett
Prayer to Follow God Completely
O My God
give me your grace
so that the things of this earth
and things more naturally pleasing to me,
may not be as close as you are to me.
Keep my eyes, my ears, my heart
from clinging to the things of this world.
Break my bonds, raise my heart.
Keep my whole being fixed on you.
Let me never lose sight of you;
and while I gaze on you,
let my love of you grow more and more every day.
John Henry Newman (1801-1890)
A Prayer to Start the Day
O, God,
Grant us in all our duties your help;
in all our perplexities, your guidance;
in all our dangers, your protection;
and in all our sorrows, your peace.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord,
our body, and our blood,
our life and our nourishment. Amen.
St. Augustine (354-430)
A Prayer Appropriate for Graduates and Graduation
Father
Help us to not look forward in fear
to the changes in life;
Rather, may we look to them with full hope,
because as changes arise,
you will lead us safely through all things,
because we are your very own,
and when we cannot stand it,
You will carry us in Your arms.
With you,
we shall not fear what may happen tomorrow;
because you are the understanding Father
who cares for us today,
and who will care for us tomorrow and every day.
We have faith, O Lord,
That you will either shield us from suffering,
or give us unfailing strength to bear it.
Put us at peace,
and give us the grace
to put aside
all anxious thoughts and imaginations.
We pray in the name of Jesus Christ,
Your Son, and Our Lord. Amen
Adapted by D.B., from St. Francis De Sales
A Prayer For God's Inspiration During the Day
Father,
May everything we do
begin with your inspiration
and continue with your saving help.
Let our work always find its origin in you
and through you reach completion.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen
The Liturgy of the Hours, Week I
Prayer for the Light of God
O Lord, thou greatest and most true Light,
whence the light of the day doth spring!
O Light,
which dost lighten every man that cometh into the world!
O thou Wisdom of the eternal Father,
Enlighten my mind,
that I may see only those things that please thee,
and may be blinded to all other things.
Grant that I may walk in thy ways,
and that nothing else may be light and pleasant.
John Bradford (1510-1555)
Prayer to Jesus Before a Test
Lord Jesus,
Being fully human, as well as fully divine,
you know the pressures and stress that I face right now.
I ask that you guide me as I take this test,
so that I may do my best.
Help me to use the knowledge I have gained,
in this class and all my classes
to build up your kingdom,
for the good of all people. Amen

David Bennett
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Here are several videos to remember and celebrate our Teachers:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j1CFlRg_Pmo
 
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Prayer for World Teachers Day

 
Gracious God stay with us
with your enabling Spirit,
guiding us as we lead our students
towards your kingdom.
We accomplish in our lifetime
only a fraction of the magnificent work
of your creation.
We lay foundations
that will need further development.
We plant seeds that one day will grow;
we water seeds already planted,
knowing that they hold future promise;
we provide yeast that produces
effects far beyond our capabilities.
This is what we are about.
We cannot do everything
and we feel liberated by this realization.
Our work may be incomplete
but it is a beginning,
a step along the way,
an opportunity for your Grace
to enter and do the rest.
Keep us faithful to your mandate
to love and serve others
as your son Jesus has taught us.
Amen.

(Adapted from Archbishop Oscar Romero's "Creating the Church of Tomorrow")