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A Prayer for Students during a pandemic

Jesus, I ask you to be with students as they return to school this year. Some will return to the physical classroom, others to online classes and some will do both. All need your protection and your guidance.

Bless day care and pre-school children who find it hard to understand why they can’t hug their friends nor share their crayons with one another. Help their teachers find ways to explain to their precious little minds why masks and hand-washing are necessary. Embrace these children and teachers with your love.

Bless elementary school children who are so eager to see their friends again, to play together at recess, to share stories of a different kind of summer. Help their teachers find creative ways of teaching these children whose minds are so open to learning. Embrace these children and teachers with your love.

Bless middle and junior high school students as they transition into their teen years. Jesus, this time is awkward enough, even without a pandemic! Allow them to hold on to the joys of childhood as they explore new ideas and meet greater challenges. Help their teachers find the right words for the right moment.

Embrace these students and their teachers with your love.

Jesus, bless high school students who rely so much on relationships with friends. And who now wonder what this year will bring. Band? Football? Debate team? Will these teenagers benefit fully from all that high school years usually offer? And, what of their fears and anxiety they so often hold inside? Please give them persons who can listen to them even when their words are few.

Embrace these students and teachers with your love.

Bless college students who are aware of how Covid-19 is changing life all around them. Help them to focus on their studies while remaining vigilant to what this time requires of them to keep themselves and others safe. The world awaits them. Help them O God, to remain hopeful about the future. Bless their professors with wisdom and understanding and embrace these students and professors with your love.

Jesus, bless all students with special needs. What a difficult time it is for them, for their parents and their teachers. Give them patience, that they may not become discouraged.

Embrace these students, their parents and their teachers with your love.

Amen. Amen.

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Sister Paula Damiano

Sister Paula Damiano

Sister Paula has been a Sister of Providence since 1967. She has ministered as a teacher, director of vocations, pastoral associate and as a General Councilor for the Sisters of Providence. She currently ministers as director of programs and retreats at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods.

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  1. Ann Casper, SP Ann Casper, SP on August 18, 2020 at 9:19 am

    Thanks for this lovely prayer, Paula. You noted the special trials of each age group beautifully.

  2. Avatar Joni Luna on August 18, 2020 at 1:35 pm

    S. Paula this is absolutely beautiful and very much needed.
    Thank you for sharing your pray to offer comfort to teachers/parents/students who are
    making the tough decisions about attending school.
    Healing the world one prayer at a time!

  3. Avatar ann bartholomew on August 19, 2020 at 10:14 am

    SPaula, you have blessed us with a wonderful prayer for all of our professional educational levels’ students.
    Thank you, warmly, ❤anniebngreg

  4. Avatar Raymonde A Das on October 14, 2021 at 9:59 am

    With school reopening I am task as a parent in the working group of Convent of the Holy Infant Jesus Bukit Nanas Secondary School. In Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to prepare the Back to School Novena Prayers for all the Junior, Middle and Senior High girls, their parents and teachers.

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