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Teacher's Day

Teacher's Day

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Published by: Archdiocesan Value Education Centre on Jun 08, 2011
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“Teachers, You are a Blessing!” 
 For this prayer service, a banner could be prepared and put on the wall -
Teachers, Youare a Blessing” 
 For the intercessory prayers, have students come up with the following items: Flower  petals, model of a bird, an umbrella, picture of a person gazing upwards, and a diya or acandle.
1. INTRODUCTIONStudent Prayer Leader:
Teachers’, you are a blessing! We recognize in you dear teachersa blessing of God on us. We are happy and delighted to have you with us and celebrateyour day. You are precious and we love you. We join you in thanking God for havingentrusted you with this very delicate and precious mission of nurturing our minds, bodies,hearts, and souls. As we begin this prayer service, we would like to call on God our Guru,or inspiration and model to guide us through the teachers to whose care He has entrustedus.
2. HYMN:
Tumhi to mata, Pita tumhi ho…
5th September is commemorated as Teachers’ Day. It is the birthday of Dr.Radha Krishnan who willed that this day be celebrated as Teachers’ Day. In doing so hehas not only dedicated his great day to the Nation but his person as a whole. So it is a rightday to re-evaluate and re-dedicate our lives to our noble task of teaching. Let us pause for awhile and ask ourselves - Am I really a blessing to my students; to the Institute and theManagement where I am serving? (Pause)
We have our model Teacher in God who can be imagined in the metaphor of aGood Shepherd. As we listen to this reading, let us reflect on the qualities of an idealteacher.
(Could be read by a teacher)
I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for his sheep. The hiredman, since he is not the shepherd and the sheep do not belong to him, abandons the sheepas soon as he sees a wolf coming, and runs away, and then the wolf attacks and scatters thesheep; he runs away because he is only a hired man and has no concern for the sheep. I amthe good shepherd; I know my own and my own know me.
Teacher 3:
A shepherd is completely dedicated to the flock which he tends. The sheepentrusted to his care becomes for the shepherd the single pre-occupation of his days andnights. There is never a time when he is not with them; never a time when they are withouthis close attention, guidance and leadership. When they are hungry, he feeds them; whenthey are in danger, he protects them; when they are lost he seeks them out. He is in realitythe main stay and support of their very life. God is our faithful Shepherd. He is a caringleader. He knows His sheep by name. He gives life to His sheep and He died for His sheep.
6. SONG ON DISCStudent Prayer Leader:
Let us listen to this psalm as it is played for us on disc, placingall our trust and confidence in the Lord our Faithful Shepherd.
Shepherd me Oh Lord 
7. INTERCESSORY PRAYERSStudent Prayer Leader:
We want to look up to God our Father to praise and thank Himand pray for His blessings on each of you dear teachers - for you are a blessing to each of us. Our response will be:
“Father may they always be a blessing”
students to read the prayers, and 
to carry the symbols. As each prayer is read out, the student carrying the symbols comes in front)
a. Showers of Flower Petals:
(Flower petals to be thrown)
Father, we acknowledge your  blessings that come down on us every day. Showers are the fruit of our teachers’ labors.These showers soothe us, enrich us, gladden us…. so we pray that you fill all our teachingand non-teaching staff members with power, strength, knowledge, understanding so thatthey may continue to be a blessing in all that they do.
b. Glow of Light:
Father, we enjoy a blessing because of the warmth thatenvelopes one’s heart and the glow of radiance it leaves behind. It brings hope in the midstof darkness and gloom. As the lamp burns with a glow, so may the lives of our teachersradiate warmth and brightness to all around us.
c. Bird:
model or picture of a bird)
Father, blessings take one’s spirit soaring high, with aspirit of freedom like the bird that scales the heights. With our arms lifted high, spreadingour wings of joy we rejoice at your blessings that come to us through our teachers whohelp us believe in ourselves and help us to grow. With gratitude we say.
d. Gaze upwards:
(A person or picture of a person gazing upwards)
Father, our blessingsmultiply when we gaze upwards and count them and marvel at the great things You havein store for us. An encouraging hand leads us towards greater aspirations. We pray for our teachers who have taught and are still teaching in this school, bless them and all theteachers in our country.
e. Comforting Shelter:
Heavenly Father, the power of blessing is the comfort

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