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Prayer to Begin a School Year

God of wisdom and might, we praise you for the wonder of our being, for mind, body and spirit.

Be with our children as they begin a new school year.
Bless them and their teachers and staff.

Give them strength and grace as their bodies grow; wisdom and knowledge to their minds as they search for understanding; and peace and zeal to their hearts.

We ask this through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Prayer Collection

This section contains a selection of reflections, prayers and prayer sites which councils may wish to use when selecting a prayer for meetings or other occasions. Councils are encouraged to send us their own favourites to post and share. Email a pdf copy to

General Prayers:

School Council Prayer

Catholic School Council Prayer

In the Presence of a God

Bless our Journey

A Prayer for Enlightenment

A Welcoming Prayer

Only for Today

Prayer for Presence

Prayer for Travellers

Leadership Prayer

I Have a Mission

Our Prayer

Peace Prayer

Morning Prayer - Humorous

Midday Prayer

Strength and Weakness

Teamwork - Sense of a Goose

The Beatitudes

The Serenity Prayer

We Gather Together on the Journey

Prayer for a Parent

A Prayer for Our Special Children

A Prayer for Learning

Math Prayer

Give Thanks

Holy Mystery

Knowing, Loving & Serving

Lord's Prayer for Justice

May the Blessing of Light be Yours

Prayer of St. Francis

St. Theresa's Prayer

Prayer of Trust

A Prayer for Busy Times

A Prayer for Understanding

A Prayer for Wisdom

Prayer for All


Seasonal Prayers:

A New Year's Prayer

Prayer to Begin a School Year

Prayer for the New School Year

A Thanksgiving Garden

Help Me to Believe in Beginnings

New Ways

New Year Prayer

New Year Prayer 2

New Year Prayer 3

Autumn Prayer

Advent Prayer

Advent Prayer 2

Advent Christmas Blessing


Winter Prayer

Things to Give up for Lent

Prayer for Lent

A Lenten Prayer

Feasting and Fasting

Prayer for the Easter Season

Easter Prayer

Prayer for Spring

Ode to a Volunteer

Summer Blessing

Summer Blessing 2

A Summer Prayer

Prayer for Summer Vacation