On August 16, the altar at Holy Spirit had a pile of backpacks underneath for the service of Blessing the Backpacks. Before the Eucharist, Holy Spirit’s students and teachers came forward to be prayed for and blessed for the coming school year.
“O Eternal God, bless all schools, colleges, and universities, that they may be lively centers for sound learning, new discovery, and the pursuit of wisdom; and grant that those who teach and those who learn may find you to be the source of all truth; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”
Here are a few of Holy Spirit’s students and teachers.
“What does it mean to be blessed/have your backpack blessed for the school year?”
11th Grade, Midway High
“Having my backpack blessed is a strange thing, but not in a bad way. It’s just something I’ve never thought about before. High school, for me, is a difficult time. Having my backpack blessed makes me feel like I’m carrying God around with me. The charm is a visual reminder that I’m never alone.”
BIC Faculty, Baylor University
“It’s a great encouragement that I can exchange my life in the classroom for the things that matter the most.”
9th grade, Rapoport Academy, Meyer High
“It reminds you that God helps you with everything, including education.”
Sociology graduate student & graduate instructor, Baylor University
“I’m really nervous about teaching this semester, as I have a class of 275 students. It’s good to have strength in the Lord to keep my direction and keep calm.”
2nd grade, Rapoport Academy, North Elementary
“It means that God blessed me for the school year.”
Dolphin classroom, Noah’s Ark Preschool
“It means that Father Jason sprinkled me with water.”