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Prayer and Liturgy

Prayer at Our Lady of Grace Junior School

 

Prayer is both everyday and special in our school. It is both spontaneous and planned. It is both serious and playful. It involves words, music and creative arts. It can be silent and still as well as lively and full of movement. Prayer is individual and collective. Prayer is often traditional, known by heart and rooted in Scripture. In its essence, is about our deepening our relationship with Jesus and understanding the will of God and how that is revealed to us and inspiring us to act on it. 
 

Prayer and Liturgy in Our Lady of Grace Juniors is concerned with giving glory, honour, praise and thanks to God. It is our loving response, in word and action, to God’s invitation to enter into friendship, made possible through Jesus, God’s Son, and the witness of the Holy Spirit. It is an integral part of our everyday day here, putting Christ at the centre of all we do, helping to create and sustain the Catholic ethos, making it tangible.

Here are examples of how we pray in our school:

Prayer Bag: Selection of items you may find in a prayer bag. These travel between home and school in different liturgical seasons so families can pray together.

Year of Prayer

The Holy Father has asked that 2024 be a year of prayer, as a preparatory year for the Jubilee in 2025. 
We have embraced this call to prayer in our school as an immense privilege. 

Here are some example pages from Year 5 & 6’s Prayer Journal:

Year 3 Collective Worship exemplar set to our school choir singing Mozart's 'Ave Verum Corpus.' 

Link to Video here

Year 3 Lenten Assembly may be viewed here

Year 6 Collective Worship across the Year....a story of the liturgical calendar & Gospel Values

Be Spirited Week

     

Home and School Prayer Journals

These are prayer journals which we take home and compete with our families. We then share with our class in Collective Worship.

Unable to attend mass in person? Participate at home.

Please click on the link below to join daily and Sunday masses from around the world.

 

https://mass-online.org/daily-holy-mass-live-online/

 

Praying the Rosary

 

 

We gather together in the months of October and May to pray the Rosary.  This is a lovely opportunity to grow in faith by praying the prayers St Bernadette prayed with Our Lady in Lourdes.  Learn about the Rosary below.

 

Mrs Jones leads the prayer group at lunchtime.  Please come along.  You will learn how the Rosary beads help us to focus on this special prayer.  Perhaps you have beads at home that you could bring with you.   

 

How to use Rosary beads to pray a child's decade of the Rosary

 

1. At the crucifix, begin with the Sign of the Cross and say the Apostles Creed.

 

2. On the first large bead say the Our Father.

 

3. Next say three Hail Mary prayers. 

 

4. Then say one Glory Be prayer. Now you are at the medal that joins the beads. Now you should mention any prayer intentions you have. Then announce the first Joyful, Luminous, Sorrowful or Glorious Mystery depending upon what mysteries you are praying.

 

You might like to read a meditation or look at a picture of the mystery to help you.

 

5. Then begin the decade with one Our Father all the while keeping hold of the medal.

 

6. On the ten small beads that follow pray ten Hail Marys.

 

7. Followed by one Glory Be Prayer.

 

8. Lastly pray the Hail Holy Queen.

 

9. Now just as you began, end with the Sign of the Cross.

PRAYERS WE SAY AT SCHOOL

 

 

 Au nom du Père et du Fils et du Saint-Esprit Amen

 

Our School Prayer

 

This is our school, let peace be found here,
Let the rooms be full of happiness,
Let love abide here, love for one another and love for God,
Let us remember, that as many hands build a house, so many hearts make a school


AMEN

Morning Prayer

 

Father in heaven, I give you today 
All that I think and do and say, 
and I unite it with all that was done, 
by Jesus Christ your dearest Son. 
Our Lady of Grace, pray for us

 

AMEN

 

Lunchtime Prayer

 

Bless us O Lord, as we sit together,
Bless the food we eat today,
Bless the hands that made the food,
Bless us O Lord.


AMEN

 

Afternoon Prayer

 

God Our Father, I come to say
Thank you for your love today,
Thank you for my family and all the friends you give to me, 
Guard me in the dark of night and in the morning send your light.

 

AMEN

 

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