Student Prayers

The Memorare (The Memorare is a Catholic prayer to the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is the prayer most associated with Catholic Central High School)

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thine intercession was left unaided.

Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my mother; to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me.

Amen.

 

Prayer for Our School

Eternal God

Bless all schools, colleges, and universities,

especially Catholic Central High School,

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 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)

 

A Prayer for the School Day

O Lord God,

School is not always easy,

And some days, it is very difficult,

and I struggle to relax and be at peace.

Yet I know that you will give me

patience, wisdom, and courage,

to be excellent in every way,

and you will help me love others,

as you love me. Amen

David Bennett

 

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

 

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 Before an Athletic Game

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.

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

 

A Prayer of St. Augustine

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 for God’s Inspiration

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 Before a Test

Lord Jesus,

You understand the difficulties humans face,

and the pressure I am under right now.

I ask that you guide me as I take this test,

so that I may do my best.

Open my mind,

Clear my thoughts,

Relax my mind and body,

And grant me perfect concentration,

So I may use the knowledge I have gained,

To build up your kingdom,

For the good of all. Amen

David Bennett