It’s that time of year again! Even though your child may be less than enthusiastic with the return of the school year, below are some prayers which should help them get them back into the swing of things over the next few weeks. So before they rush out the door, designate a time for your student(s) (preferably in front of your icon corner) to gratefully thank the Lord for the opportunity to learn, and to ask for his peace during the hustle and bustle of the first few weeks.
Orthodox prayer for a child when they begin school
O Lord our God and Creator, who has honored men with Your own image; who has taught Your elect, so that most wise are they who listen to Your teachings; who reveals wisdom to children; who imparted Your teaching to Solomon and to all who seek Your wisdom: may You open the heart, the mind, and the lips of this Your servant, (Name), that he/she may receive the power of Your law and understand the knowledge which shall be taught him/her, to the glory of Your all-holy Name, to the profit and building up of Your holy Church, and that he/she may comprehend Your good and perfect will. Deliver him/her from every hostile oppression; preserve him/her in the Orthodox faith, and in holiness all the days of his/her life, that he/she may increase in wisdom and in the fulfilling of Your commandments, that being thus prepared he/she may glorify Your all-holy Name and become an heir of Your kingdom. For You are God, mighty in mercy, and gracious in strength, and unto You is due glory: To the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.
Prayer of a Student
Christ my Lord, the Giver of light and wisdom, who opened the eyes of the blind man and transformed the fishermen into wise heralds and teachers of the gospel through the coming of the Holy Spirit, shine also in my mind the light of the grace of the Holy Spirit. Grant me discernment, understanding and wisdom in learning. Enable me to complete my assignments and to abound in every good work, for to You I give honor and glory. Amen.
Prayers Before Study
Most blessed Lord, send the grace of Your Holy Spirit on me to strengthen me that I may learn well the subject I am about to study and by it become a better person for Your glory, the comfort of my family and the benefit of Your Church and our Nation. Amen Christ, the true light, who enlightens and sanctifies every person coming into the world, let the light of Your countenance shine upon me (us) that I (we) may see Your unapproachable light; and guide my (our) steps in the way of Your commandments, through the intercessions of Your all-holy Mother and of all the Saints. Amen.
Prayer After Study
I thank You, Lord our God, that again on this occasion You have opened my eyes to the light of Your wisdom. You have gladdened my heart with the knowledge of truth. I entreat You, Lord, help me always to do Your will. Bless my soul and body, my words and deeds. Enable me to grow in grace, virtue and good habits, that Your name may be glorified, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen.