May the Lord bless you and keep you;
May God’s courage fill your hearts,
And God’s strength be in your legs.
May God’s right arm be upon you,
And God’s shoulder be at your back.
May God’s passion inflame your spirit,
And the dignity of God’s presence guide your play
And stem your temper;
This day, may God’s enduring fortitude
Raise you up to be men/women
Who are strong, noble and wise.
May the blessing of Almighty God descend upon you, The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit.
Used with Permission by Fr. Brian Cavanaugh, T.O.R., Chaplain for Franciscan University Athletics, “Apple Seeds”® http://www.appleseeds.org