Back to School Blessings Liturgy

A common occurrence in many congregations is a backpack blessing service.  BuildFaith.org has a great article on these services at Blessing of the Backpack’s 6 Tips for Success.

At EYCArkansas, we began wondering what this would look like with an older mindset and as part of a youth group or youth Sunday school meeting.  We used prayers from Call on Me: A Prayer Book for Young People, the Book of Common Prayer and the New Zealand Prayer Book and came up with a great liturgy that any group can use.  We have shared below a copy that you can take and print or edit to your heart’s content.

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Walk an Online Labyrinth

Online Contemporary Labyrinth is an online translation of a contemporary labyrinth. The original is described as ‘an interactive installation for spiritual journeys’. It consists of a pathway mapped out on the floor for visitors to follow. During this journey participants pause and listen to a piece of music and a meditation. They also undertake some symbolic action or ritual.  With this online version the pieces of music are the same (make sure your speakers are turned on) but the actions and activities have been translated to suit the medium.

The Examen: Close your day and Get ready for tomorrow.

The Examen was a major part of our Sr. High Camp in 2014. It is a way of examining our day and getting ready for the next day. Below you will find a copy of the examen that you can listen to and pray along with.

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Here are the two cards from the Sr. High Camp 2014 with the Ignatius Examen.

EYCArkansasIgnat     Camp Mitchell Ignat