Students in the UK praying for their exams to pass of without a hitch, and good results now have a specific prayer they can use, thanks to the Church of England.
In a bid to bring divine inspiration to all corners of modern life in these testing times, the Church of England has published a series of prayers online to help students and teachers to cope with exam stress.
AdvertisementStudents may find peace in the prayer that gives thanks for "stories in the Bible that show us that being worried and afraid are common feelings".
They may take heart at the appeal for divine intervention "when things seem impossible". They may even find the inner grace to "celebrate with all our classmates, families and friends as they fail or as they succeed".
However, they are less likely to find reassurance in the prayer for teachers that begins: "I don't suppose you have time for this, Lord", which laments the tendency of pupils to forget "things that normally they know, like their names and the date" and ends with the words "at this moment they really need your help".
The Rev Janina Ainsworth, chief education officer for the Church of England, said that the prayers were intended for use in assemblies but could easily be adapted for personal use by students and teachers seeking peace.
"Everyone involved in education knows the pressures of the exam season. Whatever one thinks about league tables and the relevance of academic achievement, Christians are called to consider the broader picture," TimesOnline quoted her, as saying.
The prayers can be found at www.cofe.anglican.org/prayers.