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My School Prayer

Hi All!

I know I’ve been away for quite a while (again) but trust me, really been caught up in quite a mess. Talk about one’s plate being full! Here my plate’s disgustingly over-piled and yet it’s getting ladleful of servings from every quarter.  And believe me, very few of these servings are palatable! As for the rest, I just have to shove them down my throat. No other go!

And it isn’t just me. Similar is the case with many of my friends. We say this so often — that one feels that he/she is being pulled in every direction, all at the same time, with forces of comparable magnitude. And we all know how that feels! Not good!

OK, that’s the cribbing part! A wonderful therapy, I must say! Makes you feel a whole lot better! 😛
But that isn’t the real point of this post. I intended it to have some spiritual merit too.

Sometimes consciously, sometimes not so, I say my school prayer quite frequently and it does a lot to restore some degree of sanity and quietude to my often toppled life. Not to mention, it takes me back to those amazingly sweet and simple school days, which are so fondly remembered by all of us.

It’s been eight years since I passed out from St. Joseph’s Convent High School (S.J.C.) and that would mean that I learnt this prayer some 18 years back! WOW.
Sharing a little something about our prayer time at school…

In S.J.C., classes one to five comprised the Junior Side while classes six to twelve comprised the Senior Side. There were separate assembly grounds for these two sections. When I think about it now, it appears to me that the time that these two groups devoted to the daily prayer was sort of a heads up to the continual shortage of time that seems to be the norm these days.

OK. Allow me to put that a bit more plainly.
As tiny tots, we would follow all the instructions to the tee – join our hands, close our eyes and recite the prayer very slowly and clearly, in a singsong manner. Listening to that recitation, you would have been sure that the kind Father was lending a patient ear to the cute prayers of these pure-hearted children.

In the senior side, all of us (though no less devout) would be in a frenzy to complete the prayer. We would all rush through the familiar lines like crazy, as if it were a verbal race of some kind. And before God could have turned His attention to this hastily delivered chant, we would already be wishing Good Morning to our teachers! I bet you wouldn’t have caught more than ten to fifteen words from that hustled buzz if you didn’t know it beforehand.

At times, disappointed and disturbed by this hurried salutation to the Lord, our Sister would ask us at the end of the prayer, in a very quiet manner:
“Children! How many of you actually remembered God during the prayer?”
Well, just a few proud hands shot up. Most of the girls would smile sheepishly and avoid the faculties’ eyes. On those days, a very guilt-ridden and earnest group of girls would repeat the prayer, enunciating each and every word, reciting the lines flawlessly.

Through this simple post, I wanted to share some of these fond memories. But more importantly, I intended to share my School Prayer here.
I’ve been saying this prayer for my loved ones and myself for so many years now and it always makes me feel that God does carry us in His arms during the difficult times and brings us ashore, no matter what! These lines, whether recited hurriedly, chimed devoutly, muttered nervously or petitioned wordlessly, have been my ready made supplication to God for anything and everything!

There are things we never forget and then there are things that we never wanna forget. This prayer is one of the things none of the Josephites would ever want to forget – not a word!
I’m sharing it here with the hope that it’ll help you stay connected with God and soothe your frayed nerves during troubled times!
(Many of you would already be knowing a variation of this. Here, I’m sharing my cure-all!)

Our Father In Heaven
Holy Be Your Name
Your Kingdom Come
Your Will Be Done
On Earth As It Is In Heaven
Give Us Today Our Daily Bread
Forgive Us Our Sins
As We Forgive Those Who Sin Against Us
Do Not Bring Us To The Test
But Deliver Us From Evil
Amen!

All for the Greater Honor and Glory of God!

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16 Comments

  1. i loved to say Amen! as if I am GOD….

  2. @chotu di: hi di! 🙂 yep…this prayer seems to be quite a hit!! 🙂 n knowing what u r talking about, lemme tell u this..that these days, very regular n very hefty petitions go UP quite frequently..from all of us..worry not n take care…lots of love! 🙂

  3. @di: thank u, thank u!! 🙂 yep…that used to be our succinct prayer..a matter of few seconds! 😀 everything does seem to be too complicated at times..but worry not girl…'cuz we have each other forever..to bitch about such times anytime! 😛

  4. Hey we had the same prayer in Carmel too! life was so simple back then!! but cheer up misha its all a part of growing up..n trust me there are bigger challenges ahead..u can imagine where am coming from 😉

  5. All for the greater honor and glory of God!

    this one we use to repeat before every period!
    Nine times.
    good work mishi!very nostalgic..life now is so complicated!

  6. @nimi: same pinch!!! 🙂 yet to write something which doesn't throw you into fits of appreciation! 😀 very generous n very sweet! 🙂 thank you so much!! 🙂

  7. like like like..!!! Super like..!!! WoW….!!!! Amazing..!! Simply superb..!!! iskey baad mujhe samajh nahi aa raha hai ki kya bolun..!!!
    As i've always said, you write so beautifully any simple thing..!! Mujhe school ki yaad aa gayi..!!
    and we had the same prayer..!!! Yay…
    🙂 🙂 🙂

  8. @pragya: hello pixie! Yep…it might be cute n well written n stuff…but that doesn't mean u will go around coaxing ppl to read it…n do us all a favor…just be a little less free with ur silly suggestions!! 😛 n just for the record, i have absolutely no clue about whomsoever ur referring to …in ur controversial statement…n now shut ur mouth!! 😀

    @supriya n anvi: pragya jha is a nutcase!! please don't take her seriously…ever! 🙂

  9. @Pramila: hi dear! Glad to see u here again!! 🙂 yeah…they really were such golden days…but thankfully, our college days were so much fun too! 🙂

  10. @vasu: thanks a lot sweetie…my fellow Josephite! 🙂 n u keep getting better too…'cuz u managed to comment on this post at the first shot itself!!! 😀

  11. @luv bhaiya: hi bhaiya! 🙂 so sweet of u to share ur prayer here! N i know what ur talking about!! We too had these long prayer services at times…when the heat would temporary evaporate all our religious feelings… 😛

  12. Anvi boli ki josephite hai na,isliye itna mast likhi…but i told her abt other girls of ur skool(i shouldn't mention those names here)..:P:P

  13. Wow mishi..:):)Such a cute topic and so well written:)Supriya(bbs ki friend) CAT ki taiyari kar rahi hai and she wants to read sth rich…I have suggested her to read ur blog regularly.:):)

  14. wow!
    school ki yaad aa gayi 🙂

  15. oh wowww!!! u reminded me of SJc so beautifully mishi …u r just getting better n better !! 😀

  16. In St. Michael's we had this one for both Junior and Senior Assemblies:

    "O God you are truth
    and the source of all knowledge,

    Bless our studies,
    which we consecrate to you.

    Enlighten our minds,
    strengthen our memories,

    Direct our wills
    towards what is right.

    Grant us to seek truth always
    and make us truly wise.

    Amen!"

    We hated whenever our Principal took the stage. As sometimes he would go on and on with a never ending prayer after this one. It used to be a sweaty affair for us then. LOL

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