A Baccalaureate prayer

May 17, 2009 | By admin | Filed in: Uncategorized.

Good evening everyone! I was blessed when I was asked to offer a prayer for our graduating seniors.

I would like us to acknowledge together that we are all standing on a threshold today. Graduates, you are standing in the doorway ready to…take off and fly! Moms and dads, we are here ‘grounded’ on this same threshold trying to hold it all together as we stand on tiptoe looking into the promise of the future. We are excited, proud, sad, tired, maybe a bit fearful—all these mixed up together—and dads, if you are like me you probably need your wife to tell you what you are feeling!

From here, we can see the future open with all its hopes and dreams. And the words that came to me as I prepared to offer a prayer:

Kyrie Eleison

Have you ever heard this phrase– Kyrie Eleison? It means ‘Lord, have mercy’ in Greek. It is a prayer that has been prayed millions of times back to the earliest days of our faith.
Lord have mercy, Kyrie Elesion.

For this prayer to have deep meaning, it must come from a grateful and contrite heart. And we stand here together at this threshold with full and thankful hearts for the 18 years we have had together in our families. We stand peering out into the hope of the future and we whisper: Kyrie Eleison. Lord have mercy.

Mothers and fathers, grandmothers and grandfathers–Will you pray with me for these beautiful young adults in this most vulnerable of times for us? Let us pray together:

‘Father, as these young and beloved souls venture out into the world in these exceptionally dark, uncertain days, please protect their innocence, guard their faith and keep them safe.
Kyrie, Eleison, Lord have mercy.

Father, they have dreams—hope-filled dreams for jobs, families, homes, children, happiness, peace, and love. And they have hope that their generation might change the world.
Kyrie, Eleison, Lord have mercy.

Father, they have ambitions—to learn and grow and find work to become productive citizens in the world. Please lead and guide them and direct their steps.
Kyrie, Eleison, Lord have mercy.

Father, they have love to give—May they find people who will love them and people with whom they can share the love you have given them to give.
Kyrie, Eleison, Lord have mercy.

And as these wonderful young adults go out into the world, Father, please bless our children–for we love them dearly.

We rejoice that You are their heavenly father and you have known them even before they were born. And so we entrust these precious ones into your care. As parents, we release our children into your faithful, everlasting arms.

And even as we pray for their safety, we pray beyond safety for them. We pray that Your will may be done in their lives for Your kingdom’s sake.
Kyrie, Eleison, Lord have mercy. Lord, hear our prayers.

For it is true as Jesus, our Lord, taught us to pray:

Our Father, who art in heaven
Hallowed be thy name.
Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done
On earth as it is heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread
And forgive us our trespasses
As we forgive
those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation
But deliver us from evil.
For thine is the Kingdom and the power and the glory.
Forever and ever. Amen.

Kyrie Eleison, Lord have mercy!

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