We begin our prayers and reflections today in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Yesterday evening our Jewish brothers and sisters began their celebration of Yom Kippur. the holiest day of the Jewish year. This time of fasting and prayer lasts until this evening.
Today is World Teachers Day. Around the world the United Nations acknowledges this day and recognizes teachers for the good that they do. This year’s theme is “The Transformation of Education Begins with Teachers.” Let us remember to be thankful for our teachers today and every day.
A Prayer for Teachers
Lord, bless the teachers who give their heart to teaching.
Thank you for the special gifts that you have given them and for giving them a spirit of grace and compassion.
May they have strength and endurance to perform their many tasks,
and may they know and feel the deep gratitude of those whom they teach.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen
Listen to this scripture reading about teachers.
A reading from the letter of St. Paul to the Romans ( Romans 12: 6-8)
We have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us: prophecy, in proportion to faith; ministry, in ministering; the teacher, in teaching; the encourager, in encouragement; the giver, in sincerity; the leader, in diligence; the compassionate, in cheerfulness.
The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.
Because October is devoted to Mary we pray:
Hail Mary, Full of grace,
The Lord is with you.
Blessed are you among women
and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, Pray for us sinners
now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
We close our prayer in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.