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Prayer for High School Graduation, by Rabbi Morrison David Bial (1962)

https://opensiddur.org/?p=46643 Prayer for High School Graduation, by Rabbi Morrison David Bial (1962) 2022-09-08 11:19:39 "Prayer for High School Graduation" by Rabbi Morrison David Bial was first published in his anthology, <em><a href="https://opensiddur.org/?p=32508">An Offering of Prayer</a></em> (1962), p. 73, from where this prayer was transcribed. Text the Open Siddur Project Aharon N. Varady (transcription) Aharon N. Varady (transcription) Morrison David Bial https://opensiddur.org/copyright-policy/ Aharon N. Varady (transcription) https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/ Learning, Study, and School 58th century A.M. English vernacular prayer 20th century C.E. United States civil rights
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O Lord:
 
We are grateful for the happiness
and sense of achievement of this evening,
when we bring our children to graduation.
We have much for which to be thankful,
their health and welfare,
the family love that enriches our whole existence,
the sense of community
that brings us together to work
for the betterment of our fellows.
Grant, O Lord,
unto these our children and Thy children,
an awareness of their opportunities
for growth and service.
May they see the beauties of this world,
that their souls and minds may delight
in the glories of nature,
in music and poetry,
in all arts which add meaning and grace to life.
May they sense the order of Thy universe,
so that they may delve into the sciences,
bringing new lights to shine,
adding brightly to our knowledge.
May they seek to work
for the betterment of mankind,
as builders and creators,
whether with the trained skill of architect,
engineer, or social scientist,
or the healing arts of physician and nurse.
Whatever their occupation in life may be,
may they ever be aware of this great country of ours;
of our determination to remain free
and to help bring freedom to all men.
Then as true Americans
they will offer their strength and devotion
to keep this a blessed land.
And may they, O Lord, remember ever
that they are Thy children,
children of One Father,
to Whom all our prayers must be turned.
So will they recognize
that all men are equal in Thy favor,
no matter what their color or creed.
May our graduates
and their families
and their teachers
continue to walk before Thee.
And may the dreams that they dream,
the visions that enthrall their eyes
find fulfillment and fruition in Thee.
Amen.

“Prayer for High School Graduation” by Rabbi Morrison David Bial was first published in his anthology, An Offering of Prayer (1962), p. 73, from where this prayer was transcribed.

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