Tradition has always been a cornerstone of Marian’s structure. Its importance to the school affects almost everything at Marian, including the football games. Years ago, Marian had a tradition of praying on the field after every football game together as students, staff, and players. After years of having the prayer, the school stopped the tradition. This year, along with new priest Fr. Jared Twenty, the favorite tradition was revived
Every high school’s football games usually are a thrilling and eventful occasion. The football games at Marian, however, are even more unique because of this tradition. Gathering on the field after a game and praying, whether the team won or lost, helps bring us together as a school, and as a family. Bringing us together as a school before going their separate ways and together as a family with God the prayer is enjoyed by many students. “I feel like it brings us together as a school before we separate and go home,” says Annie Liggett (10). One thing about Marian is that the students come from a variety of towns near and far from the school itself. When people depart from the games, they may not see each other until Monday back at school. The after game prayer helps students have a calm and happy ending to the night. The closeness of the prayer would never be back into Marian life if it wasn’t for Father Twenty of course.
New to the school this year, Father Twenty decided that the tradition should be brought back to the Marian Community. When Father first heard about the prayer he knew it had to make a comeback.
“Coach Maloney was the one who told me that the post-game prayer was a tradition years ago at Marian. I loved the idea and wanted to get it started up again right away. I think it is a fantastic way first to show thanksgiving to God, and second to come together as the Marian community to show support for one another. I’m so pleased that students have been coming out for it!” exclaims Father. The post-game prayer on the field excites many people who attend the game. Students, staff, players, and Father alike all enjoy the gathering on the field because of the feeling of a family it gives. The fact that the students are upholding tradition also excites them. Being a part of something that has been taking place and hopefully for years to come can give a student a feeling of belonging at Marian.
Besides giving people a sense of belonging, tradition can also show the schools values when it comes to being like a family. “Tradition at Marian is important to me because it shows our values as a Catholic school and we’re supposed to be trustworthy and I believe traditions like this show that”, says Kailey Schemmel(10). The Catholic church has many traditions that are important to the religion. Marian being a Catholic school needs to be a good example of the Catholic church and uphold not just church tradition, but all tradition that shows we have good values.
Tradition has always played a key role at Marian and the after game prayer is a prime example of that tradition at work. Marian has always prided itself on the close family-like environment. Events like the post-football prayer helps enforce this feeling of closeness and togetherness, while also keeping us close to God.