Every day at noon, Providence Academy students stand up and pray the Our Father together. When they stand up a deafening (screech) rings out from the chairs as they get pushed out from under the students’ desks. This brings everyone to attention to be ready to pray. The screech is so loud that you can actually hear it from outside of the school.
Ever since Providence Academy was founded in 2001, PA staff and students have been praying the Our Father at noon.
Dr. Flanders stated that this tradition is “truly unifying.” He continued, saying, “praying always and together (…) brings us together.”
At noon throughout the world, the Universal Church prays the angelus, which is a prayer commemorating the incarnation of Jesus Christ. Although PA does not pray the angelus with the Universal Church it still participates in the tradition of the noon prayer. We pray the Our Father because it is our Lord’s prayer and is shared by many denominations. Dr. Flanders said, “Everybody is familiar with the prayer (…) it immediately resonates within most people”.