Archive for the ‘Prayer’ Category

Bridge over troubled waters

Posted: June 22, 2017 in Prayer

This week students are raising money for the Grenfell tower disaster. We are holding a none uniform day on Friday and have been collecting spare change throughout the week.

A charity single has just been released and could be used in forms as a reflection and prayer.  You can find the video via this link:

 

We pray for all who have suffered because of the dreadful Grenfell Tower fire.
We pray that those who have died and been taken from us are remembered and treasured.
We pray for healing and support for those who have survived, and for everyone affected by this tragedy.
We pray for physical healing for all those injured, especially those in hospital, the elderly, and infirm.
We pray for emotional healing, recognising the shock, trauma and grief to be lived through.
We pray for the revival of human spirit, with faith, hope and love surrounding each in peace.
We pray for justice to help us accept mistakes made and warnings ignored, for lessons to be learned.
We pray that all who suffer are granted the opportunity to cry out in their pain and be listened to.
When all is lost, all is lost, no words can ease the pain.
But we are carried through that pain by those who come around us, helping us back onto our feet, walking with us, listening to us, or just being there with us.
We see the presence of God’s love through them.
And so we give thanks and pray for all those who have offered healing, support and comfort:
For the emergency, medical and social services, working sacrificially and with courage
For those in authority, responsible for taking a lead in facing the challenges this fire has revealed;
For local residents, churches and charities, for the community itself, expressing such tangible love.

Christian Unity

Posted: January 24, 2017 in Prayer

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This week we will be praying for unity between all Christian denominations.  This year is particularly special, because it is the 500 year anniversary of the Reformation.

Both the Lutheran Church and the Vatican have created some superb resources for this week. These can be found on the Churches together web page:

https://ctbi.org.uk/week-of-prayer-for-christian-unity-2017

I have put the themes for each day into this Powerpoint: christian-unity to be used in form classes.  Do look at he reflections for each day.

Events taking place this week can be found on the  Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Twitter wall . Updates about the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity can also be found on Twitter by following the #wpcu2017 hash tag.

Have a peace filled week

The Chaplaincy team

 

 

Here I am Lord

Posted: January 16, 2017 in Prayer, Uncategorized

 

Christmas is now over, the Wise Men have made their visitations and two weeks ago, we celebrated the Baptism of the Lord. We are now beginning ordinary time, and Jesus is preparing to begin his public ministry. John the Baptist sees Jesus coming towards him and speaks to crowds. John tells them that he did not know Jesus until he was revealed by the Holy Spirit as the Chosen One of God at his baptism (Gospel).

We pray that, through the grace of our baptism, we may know the love and presence of Jesus in our lives.

Here I am Lord! I come to do your will (Psalm 39)  here-i-am

I waited, I waited for the Lord

and he stooped down to me; he heard my cry.

He put a new song into my mouth,

praise of our God.

 

You do not ask for sacrifice and offerings,

but an open ear,

you do not ask for holocaust and victim.

Instead, here I am.

 

In the scroll of the book it stands written

that I should do your will.

My God, I delight in your law in the depth of my heart.

 

Your justice I have proclaimed in the great assembly.

My lips I have not sealed; you know it, O Lord

Month of May

Posted: May 5, 2016 in Our Lady, Prayer

It’s been a long-standing Catholic tradition to honour the Blessed Virgin Mary during the month of May. In most Catholic churches the Lady chapel  is decorated with flowers, and perhaps candles. The altar stands from May 1-31 as a reminder of Mary’s importance in the life of the Church and in our own lives as well.

May - The month of MaryAdditionally, many Catholic churches and families hold a “May Crowning,” presenting Mary with a crown made of blossoms or other hand-crafted materials to signify her queenship as the mother of Christ, the King. I’ve even seen some crowns made of glistening metal and synthetic jewels.

Why is the entire month of May given to the honouring of Mary?

The tradition dates all the way back to the ancient Greeks who dedicated the month of May to Artemis, the goddess of fecundity. Romans also claimed May to honor Flora, the goddess of bloom or blossoms. They celebrated “floral games” at the end of April and petitioned Flora’s intercession for all that blooms. In medieval times, a tradition arose of expelling winter at this time of year, since May 1 was considered the start of new growth.

It was during the Middle Ages (eleventh century) that the idea of giving the month of May to Mary began with an old tradition, the “Thirty-Day Devotion to Mary”, which was originally held August 15-September 14. During the month, special devotions to Mary were organized, and this custom, which began in Italy eventually spread elsewhere.

Although we don’t see Mary as a goddess of any sort – Catholics do not worship Mary, we honour, or venerate, her as Jesus’ mother – we’ve adapted the early Greek and Roman customs of honouring important women in their religions by honouring the most important woman in our religion: Mary.

Here are five reasons why it makes sense for you to honour Mary this month.

1. Mary is Jesus’ mother. She is the instrument of the Incarnation and her yes, or fiat, made it possible for our Lord to become the God-Man who was Crucified for our salvation.

2. She is the first and most perfect disciple. Mary was the first to hear the Good News, and the first to follow Christ. Her entire life was devoted to him and assisting him, in whatever way she could, to carry on his mission. Unaffected by Original Sin, she was able to perfectly open herself to God’s will.

3. She’s your Mum. No, really. She is. To put it simply, she’s our mother because we are all members of the Body of Christ. Since she gave birth to that Body, then she’s our mother, too. At the moment she gave her fiat, she became our mother in the order of grace. She may not have given birth to us physically, but she certainly has given birth to us spiritually. (Check out CCC #964)

4. She loves you more than you can ever imagine. If she didn’t, would she have endured the horror of seeing her Son tortured, scourged, crowned with thorns, carry the Cross to Calvary, and die a gruesome death on it? She did it for you, for all of us, because she understood that Jesus’ Passion and Crucifixion was the only way to your (our) salvation. She loves you like no human mother ever could.

5. Not only is she Mother, but she also is Advocate, Helper, Benefactress and Mediatrix (CCC #969). Her job, so to speak, began at the moment she conceived Jesus in her womb and continues until this day. What’s more, it will continue for all eternity. As the first and most perfect disciple, she is devoted to accompanying him and continuing her saving office by interceding for us so that we may receive the gifts of eternal salvation. She’s at work 24/7/365/forever, for whatever we need, whenever we need it.

At St James’ we will be saying the rosary every morning at 8:10am in the Chapel.  Why not come and join us.

Prayers for the start of term

Posted: September 1, 2015 in Prayer

A Prayer of Thanks for all God’s Children Lord our God, We thank you that you made each one of us in your image and likeness, and that we are all your beloved children. At the beginning of this term we pray for the pupils at St. James’.

We pray for pupils who:

 make us smile;

 challenge our way of thinking;

 test our patience;

 we find easy to like;

 we find difficult to like;

 are bright;

 are hardworking;

 find learning tough;

 get on our nerves;

 are a delight;

 like to laugh;

 always look sad;

 always look lost;

 talk all the time;

 never say a word;

 are easily overlooked;

 are impossible to ignore;

 remind us of ourselves when we were younger!

We thank you for all the pupils who have an impact on our lives and for the privilege of having an impact on their lives.

Lord, help us not to label pupils or fall into the trap of thinking we have got them sussed. Help us to be open to new revelations and the work of your Holy Spirit in each of their lives. Lord, use those we teach to teach us. Help us to be Christ-like at all times; seeing each one with your eyes and valuing them with your heart of love.

We ask this prayer in the name of Jesus the teacher. Amen

Anti bullying week

Posted: November 16, 2014 in Prayer

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This week is Anti-bully week.

The aim of the week is to raise awareness of bullying and to make bullying unacceptable – for everyone, everywhere . The following site contains some great Powerpoint’s and presentations. Click on the Morning Prayer link for the weekly prayer sheet.

http://www.antibullyingweek.org

Dear Lord,
We know that you have given us the freedom to choose.
We can choose whether to treat others with kindness and respect or to scorn, bully and abuse them.
Help us to choose rightly.
Help us to recognise the divine image in each one of us, however different we may be as individuals.
Help us to resist the pressures of others who want us to join them in making someone a victim of their cruelty.
Help us to know that in hurting others we are harming our better selves and hurting you. Amen

Remembrance Day

Posted: November 8, 2014 in Prayer, Remembrance

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Remembrance Sunday falls on the Sunday nearest Armistice Day, 11 November, which marks the end of the First World War.

It’s particularly poignant this year as commemorations mark the 100 year anniversary of the start of World War One.

On this day we remember all those who gave their lives for their country, all who suffered and died through acts of war and those who were left behind to grieve and mourn.

In England and Wales one Mass for the Dead may be celebrated on this Sunday.

Prayer for the week
O God, merciful and strong,
who crush wars and cast down the proud,
be pleased to banish violence swiftly from our midst
and to wipe away all tears,
so that we may all truly deserve to be called your children.

Roman Missal