Prayer For School Awards Day
Almighty God, As we gather today, we thank you for the blessing of learning. Thank you for the privilege of studying in our chosen areas and gaining new skills. May each graduate today feel proud and enjoy celebrating their success. Lord, we pray that they would be able to use this qualification and knowledge to go out and bless the world. Please foster within them a continued passion for learning as they journey onwards. Thank you for every aspect of their time with us: the knowledge gained, the friendships made and the dreams and visions that they carry in their hearts. Father, as we dedicate this celebration to you, we thank you for leading and guiding us all. Amen.
Almighty God, Thank you for the wonderful time we have had learning and studying here. Please bless us now as we celebrate and mark this special day. May each one of us find ways to cherish the memories we have made, And look forwards with courage in our hearts to the new challenges ahead. Lord, please guide our footsteps. Come lead us in our new areas of study and the work opportunities that lie ahead of us. Father please fill our minds with vision. As we begin new adventures may each graduate be blessed with friendship, support and love. Thank you, Lord, for the privilege of studying here. Please bless each member of staff here today and this inspiring place of learning. Amen.
Father, we thank you so much for our time here together For all the friends we have made For all the days of laughter and fun And for all the times of great discovery and learning. We thank You for all who have given of their energy and skill So that we can graduate today. Our teachers and mentors Our family and loved ones We thank You for them and give them all to You in prayer. As this chapter on our life closes, so a new one begins. We present ourselves like an open book before You. Come and scribe Your words of life into our lives - Fill our minds with Your thoughts Fill our bodies with Your strength Fill our hearts with Your dreams That we might eternally love and serve You This day and every day. We ask all this in the glorious name of Jesus Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit World without end. Amen.
Dear God, Today we join with heaven as we celebrate and give thanks for every student here. Thank you that each one is unique and brimming with potential. Thank you for leading them in their learning, for keeping them safe as they studied, and for watching over them in their final exams. We pray that they may all feel proud this day and enjoy sharing their achievements with family and friends. May today be a memory that burns bright within them as they embark on life's great adventure. Amen.
In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
The future of God's kingdom begins with me and God's gifts to me. Did you ever say that to yourself and consider what it means?
Holy Trinity, God our Lord, in the vision and conception of the world St. Ignatius and St. Francis Xavier passed down to us, the creation and redemption of the world reveal your habits, your ways in history, active and present in creation and at its service.
The central and essential event in this history is the Incarnation of your Son, who comes to serve, not to be served.
With their vision, our holy founders remind us that, as You serve by creating and bestowing the gifts of being and the various talents and abilities we have come to Xavier to develop and perfect, and today to celebrate, we must imitate you by serving you and our sisters and brothers.
May we thus return with gratitude and in love the gifts you have given us to share! May we, O God, remain inspired by our founders' vision; and, through thankful development, use, and celebration of our own persons and God-given talents, be sacraments of your presence in our world today.
The future of God's kingdom begins with me and God's gifts to me. Did you every say that to yourself and consider what it means?
In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
O God, Most Creative and Sustaining Spirit,
Through the long sweep of time, and within the vast distances of space, we in this present moment, and in this place, acknowledge you and praise you. We are privileged to come together today on a happy occasion, in which we celebrate the particularly wonderful human beings we call our children, our students, our friends.
As their parents, we thank you for our treasured children, loved from the first moment we knew of their existence. Though once helpless and dependent on us, they have become the young adults we celebrate and admire today through a transformation that has never ceased to amaze us.
As faculty, staff, and administrators at this University, we are grateful to you for the opportunity to participate in the development of these students, to honor them for their hard work and achievement, and to thank them for the inspiration they provide to keep us going in our chosen professions.
And as their friends, we thank you for the gifts of loyalty and kindness they have shared with us, and for the models of service and dedication they have been as we ourselves have struggled to grow to adulthood alongside them.
O God, you sustain all of us at every moment, as we work and weep and worry, and as we rejoice and celebrate! You have inspired us with your creativity, displayed throughout this ever-evolving universe and echoed in the varied academic achievements of the students we honor in this convocation. As we celebrate them today, we ask that you bless and guide their future lives.
We pray that they, and we, may use our many gifts of intellect, heart, and soul to address the problems that the human community faces in bringing justice more fully into the world and in tending wisely to the lovely garden that is our earth and our home.
We ask your blessing upon these young women and men who we honor today for their achievements.
We celebrate their capacity for creativity, for critical thinking, for focused effort.
We are grateful that they and their families entrusted Xavier's faculty and staff to engage them intellectually, morally, and spiritually.
Thank you for their confidence to discover and explore new possbilities and knowledge to discern what is right and good and just.
Enable them to draw upon the wisdom and experience of yesterday as they respond to the questions and concerns of tomorrow.
Support our honored student leaders as they continue to make a difference in the world and lead a life 'For the Greater Glory of God.'
Our heavenly Father, we come before you today with humble hearts and with gratefulness for all the wonders and blessings You have showered upon us. We thank You Father for sustaining us from our first months of preparation up to this time of the day. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to be in this momentous event wherein we can showcase the wisdom and skills that only come from You. We consider this opportunity as a chance of being with other contestants all over the country, a chance of meeting new friends and a time of seeing old acquaintances from other competitions before. We thank you for our parents, teachers ,school administration members and friends who have taken their time to be with us all throughout, in presence or in prayers, to cheer us on whatever the outcome holds. Thank you for the facilitators whom you have planted the desire and the enthusiasm to hold such gratifying event which enables youths to experience the thrills of a healthy competition.
Father, this occasion is indeed one of those things we will take with us as we live our lives ahead. This exposure is not about the medals we will be receiving at the end of the day, nor about the one who will emerge as the best. This is about the great opportunity to be blessed by You and the chance to be dubbed as one of God's bests. This is also about the character honed in us during our trainings. Truly, discipline, perseverance, and the determination to excel are instilled in us abundantly. This is not about ranking one's self among bests, but this is about the humble heart of a person who is able to see how blessed he is despite the odds and difficulties along the way. Lord, we acknowledge that everything comes from You the God who orchestrates every second of our lives so perfectly because of His great love for us. All the praises, awards, and accolades that we will receive today are meant to be given back to You. It is because of Your grace and Your guidance that we have come this far. Whatever is set before us, we give all the glory back to You. Once again, we praise You and we thank You for the several months of successful events You have prearranged for us Father. Continue to bless each and every one of us as we commence the last phase of this race which is set before us. Equip us with Your wisdom and humility as we do our best for You. All of these we pray in the sweetest and mighty name of our Christ Jesus.