The Blessing of Teachers and Students at the Start of A New School Year (St. John Chrysostom)
Lord our God, in your wisdom and love you surround us with the mysteries of the universe. In times long past you sent us your prophets to teach your laws and to bear witness to your undying love.
You sent us your Son to teach us by word and example that true wisdom comes from you alone.
Send your Spirit upon these students and their teachers and fill them with your wisdom and blessings.
Surround them with your protection, and the power of your love.
Grant that during this academic year they may devote themselves to their studies and share what they have learned from others.
Grant that they may learn to love you not only with all their hearts and souls, but also their minds, and may they help us to learn to love our neighbors as ourselves.
We pray in the name of one whom the disciples called “Teacher,”