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St. Albans Prayers

St. Albans School Prayer

Vouchsafe thy blessing, we beseech thee, O Lord, upon this School and upon all other works undertaken in thy fear and for thy glory; and grant that all who serve thee here, whether as teachers or  learners, may set thy holy will ever before them, and seek always to do such things as are pleasing in thy sight; that so both the Church and Commonwealth of this land may benefit by their labors, and they themselves may attain unto everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prayer in Alternate Languages

List of 4 items.

  • Latin

    Benedictionem tuam, Domine, super hanc Scholam et super omnia quae tuo timore et ad gloriam tuam suscepta sint ut effundere supplicamus digneris: concede etiam, quaesumus, ut omnes qui hic tibi serviant, sive praeceptores sive discipuli, sanctam tuam voluntatem sibi semper praeponere, atque omni tempore quae tibi placeant perficere velint, ut et Ecclesia et Respublica nostra eorum laboribus proficiant, et ipsi ad vitam aeternam pervenire mereantur: Per Jesum Christum Dominum nostrum. Amen.
  • French

    Daigne donner ta bénédiction, nous te supplions, Seigneur, à cette école et à toute les œuvres entreprises dans ta crainte et pour ta gloire, et accorde que tous ceux qui te servent ici, soit comme professeurs ou comme élèves, visent continuellement à ta sainte volonté et cherchent toujours à faire ce qui plaira à tes yeux, de sorte que l’église et l’état de cette terre tirent parti de leur travail et qu’eux-mêmes atteignent à la vie éternelle, par Jésus-Christ, notre Seigneur. Amen.
  • Spanish

    Te rogamos, Señor, concedes tu gracia a esta escuela y a todas las obras emprendidas en tu santo temor para la Gloria tuya; y concede que todos los que aquí te sirven, ya sean preceptores o discípulos, cumplan tu santa voluntad, que se esfuercen siempre en hacer lo que sea agradable a tus ojos, para que así, tanto la Iglesia, como esta Nación, reciban beneficios de sus esfuerzos, y alcancen ellos mismos la vida eterna, por Nuestro Señor Jesucristo. Amen.
  • German

    Wir bitten dich, O Herr, du wollest dieser Schule deinen Segen gnädig gewähren, so wie all en anderen Werken, die in deiner Furcht und zu deinem Preis und Ehre unternommen sind; und gib, dass alle, welche dir allhier dienen, ob Lehrer oder Schüler, dienen heiligen Willen immer vor sich halten mögen, und allezeit das zu tun suchen, was dir wohlgefällt; auf dass sowohl die Kirche als der Staat dieses Landes durch ihre Arbeit gedeihen und sie selber zum ewigen Leben kommen mögen; durch Jesum Christum unsern Herrn. Amen.

A Prayer for Boys

O God, give me clean hands, clean words, and clean thoughts. Help me to stand for the hard right against the easy wrong. Save me from habits that harm; teach me to work as hard and play as fairly in thy sight alone as if all the world saw. Forgive me when I am unkind to others, and help me to forgive those who are unkind to me. Send me chances to do a little good every day and so live a life that is useful. In the spirit of the Teacher who came that we all might have life and have it more abundantly, Jesus Christ our Lord.

—A favorite prayer of Canon Charles Martin, Headmaster of St. Albans School from 1949 to 1977; adapted from a prayer written by William DeWitt Hyde

A Prayer for those in the Armed Services

For those in the Armed Forces of our Country Almighty God, we commend to your gracious care and keeping all the men and women of our armed forces at home and abroad. Defend them day by day with your heavenly grace; strengthen them in their trials and temptations; give them courage to face the perils which beset them; and grant them a sense of your abiding presence wherever they may be; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

—Prayer 25 from the Book of Common Prayer
Located in Washington D.C.,  St. Albans School is a private, all boys day and boarding school. For more than a century, St. Albans has offered a distinctive educational experience for young men in grades 4 through 12. While our students reach exceptional academic goals and exhibit first-rate athletic and artistic achievements, as an Episcopal school we place equal emphasis upon moral and spiritual education.