Church of England publishes ‘crammer’s prayers’ to help exam students

May 5th, 2009 - 2:33 pm ICT by ANI  

London, May 5 (ANI): The Church of England has published a series of “crammer’s prayers” in hopes of easing stressed out students appearing for their summer exams.

Bishop of Lincoln, Rt Revd John Saxbee, who is also the Chair of the Church of England Board of Education, wrote one of the crammer’s prayers based on his own experience as a school going kid.

“Ever since I was a lad, exams have brought me out in a cold sweat. The last minute cramming, the nervous anticipation of turning over the test paper, the packed timetable of exams that never seems to have an end in sight,” the Telegraph quoted Bishop Saxbee as saying.

“It all makes it easy to forget that God’s plan for each of us is about much more than a test score.

“I hope these prayers and assembly plans will help young people face the forthcoming tests with calm and strength, safe in the knowledge that God loves them no matter how bleak the exam timetable looks,” he added.

The brief prayers, available to download on the Church of England’s website, have been designed to look like the revision cards used by school pupils.

They are even written like a revision aid, in a clear bullet-point style, and remind students to remain calm and keep a sense of perspective.

Bishop Saxbee’s prayer reads:

Dear Lord,

I want to do my best to fulfil the potential you have given me.

Help me:

- to stay calm

- to keep things in perspective and be content with the best I can do on the day

- to look out for my friends who need a bit of encouragement, and

- to always remember that the real test is how closely I can follow in your way.

Amen.

The prayers are available to download at: www.cofe.anglican.org/exams (ANI)

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