De La Salle holds Interfaith Prayer Service
The De La Salle faculty and students combined for a Thanksgiving Inter-faith, multi-cultural Prayer Service. In the recent CLASP (Lasallian schools) study, student leaders asked that a prayer service begun several years ago be brought back, and with the encouragement of Principal Peggy St. John, yearbook adviser Kathleen Calder revived it.
The service began with English teacher Hank Nusloch piping the procession into the cafeteria with “Amazing Grace.” Casie Babin served as crucifer and Lily Tran carried the Lasallian candle as Deacon Uriel Durr processed in.
International student Qi “Ilana” Yang of China welcomed everyone in her native Mandarin, then translated her welcome into English. Campus Minister Tony Behan read the opening prayer.
Science lead teacher Neha Mathur offered a Hindu prayer in Hindi, translating and explaining the mantra of praise to Lord Shiva.
Senior Maggie Willis recited the Shema in Hebrew, translating it into English. She also read a psalm from the Old Testament.
Representing Islam, Mathematics lead teacher Hussein Dossaji recited the opening prayer of the Qu’ran, and sophomore Farhan Mohiuddin offered the English translation.
Senior Annissa Moses offered a reading from Sirach, junior Julien Purpura led the Responsorial Psalm, and Deacon Uriel Durr proclaimed the Gospel passage from Luke.
Deacon Durr offered a reflection on the Gospel and encouraged students and faculty to embrace each other’s culture, saying the school had a wonderful gift of diversity where people could learn others’ foods, dances, faith, and heritages, making their lives fuller.
The Prayers of the Faithful were led by senior Travis Cummings and junior Dominick Bioc.
The liturgical ensemble led by Band Director Duncan Pray played “Now Thank We All Our God.”
Native French speakers Jean-Alexandre Brunet and Cédric Snow led the French students in reciting the Lord’s Prayer in French, and native Spanish speakers Valentina Carrillo, Maria Gómez, and Vidal Villela led the “Hail Mary” in their mother language.
Latin students Tiger Arukwé and Peter Fuchs recited the “Glory Be” in Latin.
President Michael Guillot, telling the congregation to remember to always use the important terms of “please” and “thank you,” asked the students to “please” thank their teachers or coaches and to “thank” them for their presence in the students’ lives.
Registrar Marilyn D’Antoni accompanied Dr. Warren Caire and the choir of Alexes Aiken, Alex Boudloche, Kaitlyn Glapion, Mikki Loga, Marco Rodriguez and Taylor Tebbe in singing “America the Beautiful.”
Alexes also offered “God Bless the USA.”
Following the alma mater, Principal Peggy St. John addressed the students briefly before dismissing them to lunch.