Morning Prayer – September 24th, 2018
Leader: (Invite persons present to pause for a few moments of silent recollection and to offer any special intentions.) In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen This is a special week as three of our schools celebrate their feast days. This Saturday is the Feast of the Archangels which means it is a special day for St Michael and St. Gabriel Schools. Sunday is the feast day of St. Jerome.
These saints teach us some very important lessons about what it means to follow Jesus. St. Michael is often called the protector and is the patron saint of police officers. Police officers are called upon to protect people which is why St. Michael is their patron. St. Michael teaches us that we are also called to protect people-especially those who cannot protect themselves. So this week, let's look for opportunities to protect others. Perhaps we can look out for the pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students at our school or we could pray for the many children in the world who are homeless.
St. Gabriel is the messenger of the good news and is the patron of communication workers. St. Gabriel appeared to the virgin Mary and told her that she was to be the mother of Jesus. St. Gabriel teaches us that we must also bring the good news of Jesus to others. So this week, let's look for opportunities to share the good news of Jesus with others. Perhaps we can volunteer to lead prayer in our classroom or we can go out of our way to be kind to others as a sign that Jesus loves them.
St. Jerome translated the bible from its ancient languages into a language that people could understand. St. Jerome also loved to read so he is the patron saint of librarians. One of his famous sayings is that to be ignorant of scripture is to be ignorant of Jesus. St Jerome teaches us the importance of both reading the bible and living by its teaching. So this week, let us show our respect for the bible by listening attentively when it is read during morning prayer or in our Religion class. Let us pray.
Leader: God of all blessings, through the prayers of St. Michael may we be protected from all harm and evil. Through the intercessions of St. Gabriel, may we be faithful messengers of the good news of Jesus. Through the prayers of St. Jerome, may we live our lives according to your holy word. We ask that your special blessing be upon the students, staff and parents of St. Michael, St. Gabriel and St. Jerome schools this week. We make our prayer in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.