Blessing of the Backpacks
A Blessing of School Children, Their Teachers & Backpacks as they begin a new school year:
May smiling faces welcome you;
May helping hands welcome you;
May kind teachers welcome you;

May fears fly away;
Tempers go away;
Lies stay away.

May you
Make new friends;
Learn new things;
Grow strong limbs.

May God make you thougtful;
Jesus make you happy;
The Spirit make you friendly.

And may these backpacks which carry
heavy loads of books and papers and projects and lunches
help convey you safely to and from school, from the wisdom
of your home life to the wisdom of school life.

Amen.