CBCP issues prayer for Filipino teachers

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MANILA, Sept. 14, 2012— The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has issued a special prayer for Filipino educators in celebration of the National Teachers Month.

Msgr. Joselito Asis, CBCP secretary general, said the “National Prayer for Teachers” is to be read out in churches all over the country in all Masses on Sunday, September 30.

Approved by the CBCP’s Permanent Council, the prayer asks God’s blessings for the teachers as they train minds and lay the foundation of future generations.

It also asks that all teachers may continue to communicate the love of truth and instill authentic moral values.

The issuance of the prayer was in response to the Metrobank Foundation, Inc. president Aniceto Sobrepeña’s request for the CBCP to share their advocacy for Filipino teachers.

In 2008, inspired by the celebration of World Teachers’ Day on October 5 of every year, Bro. Armin Luistro, then president of De La Salle Philippines together with Sobrepeña spearheaded the Teachers Month Campaign.

The advocacy seeks to recognize teachers and educators and their contribution in “shaping the country’s future leaders.”

With the theme, “My Teacher, My Hero”, the celebration of teachers’ everyday heroism has continued ever since.

2011 served as a banner year for the campaign as President Benigno Aquino III issued Presidential Proclamation 242, declaring “the period from September 5 to October 5 of every year as National Teachers’ Month.”

This declaration calls for a widespread celebration of teachers of the whole nation, calling everyone who has been a student to express their gratitude to their teachers,” Sobrepeña said. [CBCPNews]


The prayer for the teachers is as follows:
Giver of all Wisdom and Greatest of all Teachers,
look upon our teachers with love.
Grant them the resolve to nurture our eager minds
and to never give up on us who fall behind.
Bless their hearts for they rejoice when we succeed
and encourage us when we fail.
Endow them with gentle patience
for the path of learning is never easy.
Kindle a spirit of passion in them.
It is the flame that ignites the love of learning in us.
Help them to see the potential in each student.
Their belief in us means much more than the grade we make.
Instill them a commitment to keep on learning.
It shows us to not fear new knowledge and experiences.
Inspire them to touch the future.
They influence how big a dream we dream for ourselves.
Bless our teachers who have come before
for their work endures to this day.
Let the light of Your example shine upon all teachers.
To build up with their words.
To love with their mind.
To share with their heart. AMEN.

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