God of truth and life, In your loving wisdom, you have given us your Son, Jesus,and your Holy Spirit, to guide and inspire us in our Christian lives. You have also provided us with the special patronage of Mary, Mother of God, and St John the first and most loved of Jesus’ disciples.
We give you thanks for the gift of the Marist way of following the Gospel and for choosing Marist priests, brothers and teachers to inspire the Church’s educational mission throughout the world, especially at St John’s College, Woodlawn.
We are grateful for choosing us to belong to this Woodlawn and Marist family.Help us to remain loyal, faithful and true sons and daughters of this family and to cherish and celebrate those traditions that have helped formed us into the people we are today.
Like Mary, who treasured these things in her heart,may we always treasure the best of the Woodlawn spirit as a guiding principle throughout our lives. Like John the apostle, who remained faithful to Jesus and to Mary, may we be inspired to build a better world in which God’s reign of justice, peace and love may grow.
We ask you to bless the priests, brothers, teachers and staff whose service in love has touched our lives.We thank you for their dedication and generosity. May your blessing continue on the Woodlawn staff and students now and into the future.
We ask this prayer through the intercession of Woodlawn’s patrons, Mary and St John. With them we pray for all sons and daughters of Woodlawn, today and tomorrow,that they may live good lives and, in turn, pass on the values they have been taught to generations yet to come.
We make this prayer to you, God and Father of us all, through the spirit you have given us and in the name of your son, Jesus Christ, Our Lord.
Composed by Fr Gerard Hall S.M.