Thursday, September 06, 2007

Blessing of the Backpacks...


This morning, I had the great fortune to do a 'blessing of the backpacks' liturgy along with our middle school chaplain for our entire middle school. It was great fun, and a great way to get the year started...we asked for blessing over the water and then asperged (splashed) water on our students and their backpacks. A hat tip goes to my friend Mike who shared a blessing of the backpacks liturgy with me that I adapted for use by a deacon and for middle schoolers.

"...bless these lowly gifts, loving God, that their loyal presence and silent service keep us every mindful of your grace in our lives. May we hold them in care and, following their example, be for one another the reliable friends these tokens are for us. Amen."

4 comments:

spankey said...

great picture peter. are you aware of the two books by Steven Case - The Book of Uncommon Prayer (I and II)? They have some good (and some bad) liturgies for use with middle and high school students. They also have some good prayers, litanies, and personal devotions for those who work with this important age group. Thanks for blogging, I love being kept in the loop.

Anonymous said...

Nicely done brother...next we will be seeing the blessing of the bikes or the Principles Aston Martin?

Keep it up

Becky Ardell Downs said...

Oh please, please could I have a copy of your liturgy?? I'm blessing backpacks this Sunday and looking for good prayers.

Peter Carey said...

Becky,

Let me look around and see where it is...

How can i reach you?

Peter+