As I prepare to go into the world,
help me to see the sacrament in the wearing of this cloth
let it be “outward sign of an inward grace”
a tangible and visible way of living
love for my neighbours, as I love myself,
Since my lips will be covered, uncover my heart
that people would see my smile in the crinkles around my eyes
Since my voice may be muffled, help me to speak clearly
not only with my words, but with my actions.
as the elastic touches my ears, remind me to listen carefully
and full of care–to all those I meet
May this simple piece of cloth be shield and banner,
and each heart that it holds, be filled with your love.
In your Name in that love,
May it be so, May it be so.