Friday, July 26 (Opening of the school year) (Memorial of Sts. Joachim and Anne)
Lord Jesus, we ask for your help as we begin this new school year.
Allow us to experience your presence
in the many blessings you put before us.
Open our eyes to the new challenges and exciting opportunities
that this new school year brings.
Open our hearts and minds to new friends and new teachers.
Give us a generous spirit to be enthusiastic with our studies
and courage to accept new opportunities.
Help us to be attentive to my teachers and let us experience
your holy presence in our new friends.
Jesus, inspire us to do my best this year!
(Adapted from the Diocese of Guildford, Church of England)
Monday, July 29 (Memorial of St. Martha)
Dear Lord, as we begin this first full day of the new school year,
we gather once again as your community of believers.
We thank you for the energy and the spirit
that you renewed in us through the summer months.
We thank you for the time to enjoy our family and friends
and to reflect on what is important in our lives.
Let this year be marked by enthusiasm and love so that,
with the inspiration of your Spirit, we may continue to grow in our faith.
Help us to fulfill your hope for us with honest intentions and works of faith.
Let us be gentle with ourselves and bring laughter, joy and love to others.
We ask this in your name.
(Adapted from the Diocese of St. Petersburg)
Tuesday, July 30 (Memorial of St. Peter Chrysologus)
Loving God, your gifts are abundant, and your care is deep.
You are the giver of every ability, possession, and of life itself.
Your Spirit is upon us, and we have been anointed by your grace.
Help us to receive your gifts gratefully, to care for them wisely,
and to share them generously.
Allow our giving of service and skills to build up your kingdom,
and to be an encounter with your Spirit of truth and love.
(Adapted from St. Thomas More Newman Center, University of Arizona)
Wednesday, July 31 (Memorial of St. Ignatius of Loyola)
Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty,
my memory, my understanding, and my entire will,
all I have and call my own.
You have given all to me.
To you, Lord, I return it.
Everything is yours; do with it what you will.
Give me only your love and your grace,
that is enough for me.
(Suscipe prayer of St. Ignatius of Loyola)
Thursday, August 1 (Memorial of St. Alphonsus Liguori)
We thank you, God of mysterious ways, that you have a holy design for each of us.
We rejoice that we are, each of us, special to you,
that our names are written on the palm of your hand
and that our place in history, our purpose for existing,
is known within your heart since endless ages.
Blessed are you, Lord our God, who has given to each of us
a personal destiny and purpose in life.
(Rev. Edward Hays, Prayers for the Domestic Church)
Friday, August 2 (Memorial of Sts. Eusebius of Vercelli and Peter Julian Eymard)
as the light of the sun pushes back the darkness of night
to reveal a wondrous world,
may our small steps along the way of your Son, Jesus,
reveal your light to all whom we meet.
Let us fill our pockets with the hidden gifts
concealed within our work, our school, and our lives.
May we reject no single one of them because we fail to see them
as holding your holy presence.
We ask all these things in the name of Jesus, your Son and our brother.
(Adapted from Rev. Edward Hays, Prayers for the Domestic Church)