Heavenly Father, who makes all things new through Your Son, Jesus, grant Your blessing upon our schools at the beginning of a new semester in this new year. Receive our thanks for the rest and refreshment that the Christmas break provided and now refocus the minds of our students upon the academic structure of the day that they might be attentive to lessons taught by their teachers; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Stir up our hearts, O Lord, in the midst of decorating and shopping, to remember why we celebrate Christmas - the birth of Your Son, our Savior, Jesus. Even as we look forward to this celebration, direct those in our schools to focus on education and the tasks at hand. Guide our teachers to prepare and implement lesson plans that will benefit the instruction of our students. Extend Your hand of healing to all our students, faculty, administration and staff who are ill that they may be restored to health and strength in Your time and according to Your good and gracious will; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

O Almighty God, by whose grace and power Your holy martyr Lucia triumphed over suffering and remained ever faithful unto death, grant us, who now remember her with thanksgiving, to be so true in our witness to You in this world that we may receive with her, new eyes without tears and the crown of light and life; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. (Commemoration of St. Lucia of Syracuse, Martyr)

Stir up our hearts, O Lord, to make ready the way of Your only-begotten Son, that by His coming we may be enabled to serve You with pure minds; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. (Collect for the Second Sunday in Advent)

Stir up our hearts, O Lord, to make ready the way of Your only-begotten Son, that by His coming we may have the peace that comes from believing in the Prince of Peace; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with the You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Stir up our hearts, O Lord, and make ready the way of Your only-begotten Son, that by His coming those in our schools with faith may be strengthened by His Spirit and embody Him through their words and actions pointing the way to a true celebration of Your Son’s nativity; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reign with the You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.” (John 6:40 ESV)

Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever. (1 John 2:15-17 ESV)

Stir up the hearts of all in our schools, O Lord, to make ready the way of Your only-begotten Son, that by His coming they may be found faithful and abide with You forever; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.