Monday, December 15, 2008

CMH Team Prayer

Last Friday morning, as on virtually every Friday throughout the semester, I celebrated mass at 6:55am in CMH's Our Lady of the Rosary Chapel. This early start allows mass to end before the start of school. On most Fridays, the mass will be attended by a few faculty, some locals who just want to attend daily mass at CMH, random students, and usually one of our sports teams.

CMH exists with wonderful statements of Mission and Vision. We work hard to send into the world at graduation young men and women who are happy, healthy, and holy. To that end we do our work with some very clear priorities -- Faith drives us, Academics form us, and Extra-Curriculars round us out. The priorities are to be in that order!

In my short time here I have set a goal that no class, no program, no team sees their activity seperate from the Catholic faith that underlies everything. Thus, mass with teams is one way to reinforce this. Another is team prayer. CMH has a team prayer that all the coaches are asked to use with their kids before each competition.

At most varsity sporting events at CMH, the prayer is publically prayed before the National Anthem is played. One night, before a basketball game, when it was announced that I would lead a prayer, I heard from behind me, from among the visitors fans, someone say, "A prayer...is that allowed?"

I hope prayer before home games is never not allowed. We would all be the worse for it (even that visiting fan).


If you are interested, here is the CMH team prayer --

Heavenly Father,

Our Life, Health, and Abilities are gifts from you.

Give us the courage to devote each,
not to our own gain, but to your glory.

Let us compete today with all our heart, mind, body, and soul.

If you choose, allow victory to come as a blessing and reward;
but, if necessary, assist us to learn integrity in defeat.

Keep all players safe this day.

Allow us to give our best as a memorial
to those who have given their all for our sake.

Leader:/ St. Sebastian, patron of athletes,
R:/ Pray for Us.

L:/ Our Lady of Memorial, R:/ Pray for Us.

L:/ Our Lady of Victory, R:/ Pray for Us

L:/ We make this prayer through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

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