Morning Verses - What Are They?

Q. What are the “morning verses” the children and teachers recite in Waldorf schools?

A. Each day at a Waldorf school usually begins with the recitation of prayers written by Rudolf Steiner. For example, the prayer written for the four lower grades includes the following words :

"I reverence, O God,
The strength of humankind,
That thou so graciously 
Hast planted in my soul ... 
From Thee come light and strength, 
To Thee rise love and thanks.”

Addressing, praising, and thanking God, this is undeniably a prayer, and as such it demonstrates that Waldorf schools are religious institutions. Knowing this, Rudolf Steiner instructed Waldorf teachers to disguise the nature of these verses. "I ask only one thing of you. You see, in such things everything depends upon the external appearances. Never call a verse a prayer, call it an opening verse before school. Avoid allowing anyone to hear you, as a faculty member, using the word ‘prayer.’” — Rudolf Steiner, FACULTY MEETINGS WITH RUDOLF STEINER (Anthroposophic Press, 1998), p. 20.

Sometimes Waldorf schools change the wording of these "verses" to disguise them further, and sometimes they use other, less distinctly religious verses.

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