These short prayers are familiar to Lasallians throughout the world – Brothers, teachers, students, parents, and alumni – and are recited often during the school day .
The prayers come from St. John Baptist de La Salle himself, and appear in printed form as early as 1696. Over time, these verses became a way of opening and concluding the Brothers’ community prayer sessions, and even their recreations, during the course of the day. Little by little, the Brothers began to use them in the schools, as we do today .
Saint John Baptist de La Salle is credited with a multitude of prayers and meditations he himself composed, but especially for giving to his Brothers, “Live, Jesus, in our hearts! Forever!” as the distinct sign of their religious community. This brief and oft-repeated prayer provided by De La Salle has been on the lips of Lasallians for over three hundred years .