Monday, August 19, 2013

Hard Work -- Praying a Psalm -- State Football Champonship

 A Psalm Prayed During Football Season of 1982

I can’t exactly explain or remember how this all happened, but I do know that it did happen. And perhaps some of the members of the class of 1983 could explain it better.

During football season we prayed psalm 19 or 20 (depending on what numbering one follows), before every class on football game days. I believe that I copied this psalm for the students and some of the football players kept it their wallets. If I am not mistaken, Jeff Jamrog was one of those individuals.

It follows below:

Prayer for a King before Battle

May the Lord answer in the time of trial:

May the name of Jacob’s God protect you.

May he send you help from his shrine

And give you support from Zion.


May he remember all your offerings

And receive your sacrifice with favour.

May he give you your heart’s desire

And fulfill every one of your plans.

May we ring out our joy at your victory

And rejoice in the name of our God

May the Lord grant all your prayers.)

I am sure that the Lord

Will give victory to his anointed,

Will replay from his holy heaven

With the might victory of his hand.

Some trust in chariots and horses,

But we in the name of the Lord.

They will collapse and fall,

But we shall hold and stand firm.

Give victory to the king, O Lord,

Give answer on the day we call.

I, myself, have begun praying this psalm, particularly for the football team of present times. Years ago I had it totally memorized and I was pleasantly surprised how quickly it came back to me.

Perhaps we could all do the same for our football team this year. And even get the football players to carry it with them as well.

Oh, by the way, in 1982, Mount Michael won the State Title in football and then in the spring of 1983, they won the State Title in basketball as well!



1 comment:

  1. Fr. John, Thanks for message and reminder, can't help you with any details but one of my memories was a Friday morning mass before a "big" game and Fr. Benedict saying mass blessing a football brought in by Clete Menke and relating his homily to the game. Keep the prayer going for our current Knights in Armor. Take care and keep the articles coming our way. God Bless. Joe H.