Coming together is a natural part of life at Breck. During this morning's Upper School Chapel, students gathered to welcome the new semester with a series of meditations, reflections, and prayers. Wishing all of you a fresh start to the new year and academic semester!
The prayers used from this morning's chapel are listed below.
You Have Linked Our Lives (from the Episcopal Book of Common Prayer)
Almighty God, you have so linked our lives on with another that all we do affects, for good or for ill, all other lives. So guide us in the work we do, that we may do it not for self alone, but for the common good; and as we seek a proper return for our own labor, make us mindful of the rightful aspirations of other workers, and arouse our concern for those who are out of work; through Christ the worker we pray. Amen.
Shanti Mantra from the Upanishads (Taught by Suchitra Sairam, May Program World Religions, 2016)
May the divine protect both the teacher and the student
May the divine nourish us both
May we work together with energy
May our study be enlightening.
Om, shanti, shanti, shantihi (Peace)
Benediction (William Sloan Coffin)
May God give you the grace never to seel yourself short;
grace to do something big for something good;
grace to remember that the world is too dangerous now for anything but truth
and too small for anything but love.
An Invocation of Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179)
O Holy Spirit, giving life to all life, moving all creatures,
O root of all things, washing them clean, wiping out their mistakes, healing their wounds...
You are our true life, luminous, wonderful, awakening the heart from its ancient sleep. Amen.
Shepherd Chief (From All Saints' Indian Mission, Minneapolis)
O Great Spirit,
You are our Shepherd Chief in the most high place.
Whose home is everywhere, even beyond the stars and moon.
Whatever You want done, let it also be done everywhere.
Give us Your gift of bread day by day.
Forgive us our wrongs as we forgive those who wrong us.
Take us away from wrong doings.
Free us from all evil.
For everything belongs to You.
Let your power and glory shine forever. Amen
Hattie C. Enos, Nez Perce, USA
Praise be to God, Lord of the Worlds (Al-Fatihah ("The Opening"); English Paraphrase of Qur'an, Sura 1)
Praise be to God, Lord of the worlds,
the Beneficent, the Merciful.
Owerner of the Day of Judgment!
Thee alone we worship, Thee alone weask for help.
Show us the straight path:
the path of those whom Though hast favored;
not the path of those who earn Thine anger,
nor of those who go astray.
Zazen on Ching-t'ing Mountain (Li Bai, translated by Sam Hamill (contributed by Mr. Frank Eustis)
The birds have vanished down the sky.
Now the last cloud drains away.
We sit together, the mountain and me,
until only the mountain remains.
Fill Our Space (Bishop Brian Prior)
Come, Lord, fill our space with your light and love. Make us sensitive in our dealings and gentle in our actions. Keep us alert to the needs and hopes of others, that our space may reflect your presence and your glory. Holy one, show us your way and teach us your paths. Amen.