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Prayer for Monday, January 13th, 2020

 

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.

 

                      Some of you may have been less than thrilled to return to school last Monday. If you had gotten used to sleeping late, it may have been difficult to get up early and go to school.  But can you imagine getting up early every morning to walk to school in an unheated stable?  Well, that is what children had to do three hundred years ago in New France which today is know as the province of Quebec.  Yesterday we celebrated the feast day of St. Marguerite Bourgeoys.  This remarkable woman made it possible for the children of New France to attend school. Prior to St. Marguerite Bourgeoys' arrival in New France, children would have to walk many dangerous miles to attend school in convents.  Since most children could not do this, St. Marguerite decided to take school to the children.  She founded an order of teaching sisters known as the Congregation of Notre Dame who set up schools wherever there were children.  The sisters taught children such important skills as how to read and write and to survive cold Canadian winters.  To this day, St. Marguerite's sisters continue to educate students and to inspire teachers to see teaching as a great calling from God.  Let us pray.

                     

Leader:           The response to the intentions is Lord, hear our prayer.

 

All:                Lord, hear our prayer.

 

Leader:           That God would continue to inspire educators to follow the example of St. Marguerite Bourgeoys and her sisters.  We pray to the Lord.

 

All:                Lord, hear our prayer.

 

Leader:           That we would always be thankful for the gift of education.  We pray to the Lord.

 

All:                Lord, hear our prayer.

 

Leader:           That we would show the same caring and compassion to our fellow students as St. Marguerite and her sisters did to theirs.  We pray to the Lord.

 

All:                Lord, hear our prayer.

 

Leader:           Almighty God, you called St. Marguerite to come to Canada and educate the young in the faith.  By her example and prayers, guide us so that our words and deeds may proclaim the Good News of Jesus in our daily lives.  May your special blessing be upon the students, parents and staff of St. Marguerite Bourgeoys School this day.  We make our prayer in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

 

All:                Amen.