Lord our God, we thank you for bringing us today to the school with refreshed mind and earnest desire to learn. Remove from us the fears of life, especially those in the face of changes and challenges. We know you will lead us safely through all things, and will carry us in your arms when we cannot stand them. Give us the grace to put aside and overcome all anxious thoughts and fears. Enlighten our mind and bodies with your wisdom to know the mysteries of this universe and the infinite complexity of the living creatures. May we learn to use them to build a just and loving society and thus give glory to your name. Help us appreciate the good in everyone and support those who are weak and less-fortunate. Deliver us from evil and protect us from all harm. Bless our nation, its leaders, our teachers, parents and friends.