The Edmond Sun

May 25, 2013

St. Mary's students make prayer blankets

Patty Miller
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — Fourth- through seventh-grade students at St. Mary’s Episcopal School were expediting their effort this week to make as many “prayer squares” as possible before Friday — the last day of school — for tornado victims.

The squares are a smaller version of a prayer blanket, which serves as a gift of faith, comfort and warmth to those who have experienced tragedy, illness or another significant event in their lives.

“The prayer blankets have been a long-standing tradition in our school through our Service Learning Program and gives our students a hands-on approach to sympathy and compassion,” said Head of School Nancy Hetherington.

Made by upper elementary and middle school students the squares are made of fleece featuring knots around its edges. As the knots are tied, the students pray for healing, peace and comfort to those who receive them.

Seventh-grade student Tara Ramakrishnan said, “Knowing that the squares will be going to those who suffered so much loss is humbling. It’s a joy to know our prayers will make a difference in their lives.”