St. John Damascene defined prayer as “the raising of one’s mind and heart to God or the requesting of good things from God.” Prayer is the living relationship we have as Christians with the Triune God. The Christian tradition has included prayer in the morning and at the end of the day as a way of thanking and praising God, as well as seeking His guidance and grace. It is therefore only appropriate, that here at STA we begin and end each school day with prayer. Teachers are encouraged to begin their classes with prayer so that Paul’s exhortation to “pray without ceasing” (I Thess 5:17) might be realized. Students lead prayer over the school’s PA system. The selection of prayers is made by students in consultation with the chaplain and theology faculty.