Welcome back to the school academic year and we wish you a happy New Year for 2021! We hope you had a great  Christmas break with chance to relax!

On the 6th January we celebrate the feast of the Epiphany- when the Magi from the east brought gifts of Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh to the baby Jesus.

Epiphany means manifestation or ‘showing’. This is because Jesus was made manifest to those outside the Jewish
world signifying that Jesus came for the salvation of all mankind. The feast of the Epiphany
marks the end of the 12 days of Christmas.

For us, the feast of the Epiphany is an opportunity to think about the gifts we’ve been given and how we can use them to serve God. It’s also a chance to give thanks for all those who give so much to us every day.

Preparing a prayer space at home or in your classrooms:

Changing the environment and atmosphere that we are in can really help inspire our prayer. There are many ways you can do this, for example, you could move to a different room, clear a space or put away your work to help you have a clear mindset. You could change the lighting to help you feel more relaxed or you could have an object or image to look at or hold to help you focus your prayer. 

Liturgical Colour: White- White symbolises joy and purity. (if you have a piece of white fabric like a blanket, pillow case or cloth you could use the fabric for a prayer focus)

Nativity set or image of the Nativity scene – We are still in Christmas time! (If you don’t have a nativity set you use a print out or Christmas card!)

Bible“All scripture is inspired by God…” Timothy 3:16

Scripture is at the centre of everything the Church does. The Word of God shapes our prayer and worship. The Bible shows us how to understand the world, how we are called to live and relate to each other.

Candle or electric candle – (you may have a lamp or fairy lights you could use)

A candle reminds us that Jesus brings light to darkness, and Jesus is the light of the world. Just as a candle burns its wick and sacrifices its body to share light, Jesus gave of his body to save us all and bring light to darkness.

Crucifix – For God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not die but have eternal life. John 3:16

The crucifix reminds us the greatest act of love, Jesus’ sacrifice and death that gives us eternal life in the kingdom of heaven.

Leader/Student: Let us start our prayer by making the Sign of the Cross.

All: In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

 

Leader/Student – Let us Pray:

God is always with us whether we are making a journey to the shop, a journey to see our friends and family or our journey throughout life. This week think about how you respond to God when you are on your journey and think about how you can be an example to others of the love that Jesus brought to the world.

Last night, the government announced that we would be entering a stricter lockdown due to hospitals coming under severe pressure from Covid.

Spend a moment thinking about this new journey we are all going to embark on. How can we make the most of the opportunities given to use in these circumstances? How can we keep ourselves and others safe? How can we share hope and love with those who are struggling to come to terms with these new restrictions?

Lord we ask you to share your light and hope with those in darkness during this difficult times. We pray that our family, friends and school community keep themselves and others safe and that we may support one another throughout the coming weeks. Amen.

Leader/Student: We end our prayer by making the Sign of the Cross.

All: In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Leader/Student: Let us start our prayer by making the Sign of the Cross.

All: In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Today we celebrate the feast of the Epiphany! When the Magi from the east brought gifts of Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh to the baby Jesus.

Epiphany means manifestation or ‘showing’. This is because Jesus was made manifest to those outside the Jewish
world signifying that Jesus came for the salvation of all mankind. The feast of the Epiphany
marks the end of the 12 days of Christmas.

This week’s Epiphany Act of Worship is led by Mrs Quirk and some of 7E. Whether you are watching at home or in a classroom, before you start the video, spend a minute or so preparing yourselves for prayer. You can refer to the Preparing a prayer space at home or in your classrooms box at the top of the page.

On the feast of the Epiphany we would usually attend a celebration of Mass, if you have been unable to book online you can find below links to parishes that are live streaming throughout lockdown!

Corpus Christi & Our Lady and St Patrick’s Church: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCC6yA1fDZnmNlW1jGybrN-Q

The Catholic Church of the Holy Spirit West Bridgford:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTbklEiu8J0cKGKCWnyYgSw 

Bishop Patrick McKinney:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaf7upUMsn3Kl8GD79FotjQ

Derby Catholic Live:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPIpWC0Jd-M-2B9QhQCc6DA

Leader/Student: We end our prayer by making the Sign of the Cross.

All: In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

    Leader/Student: Let us start our prayer by making the Sign of the Cross.

    All: In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

    During the Christmas Holidays it was the feast day of our school patron St Thomas Becket on Saturday 29th December. This year marked the 850th anniversary of the death of St Thomas Becket.

    The video below gives a brief run through of the turbulent relationship between King Henry II, the most powerful King in the world at the time and Thomas Becket – the archbishop of Canterbury – and once Henry’s closest friend! This explores how their close friendship fell apart and led to Becket’s violent death in Canterbury cathedral which led to Thomas Becket becoming a saint.

    One of the ways that we show, or reveal, our identity as a community is through The Becket School Mission Statement. The school mission statement was written about 8 years ago by students from The Becket School and remains at the heart of our school. Have a read through our mission statement:

    The Becket is a Catholic school. Our mission is to work in partnership with parents and carers to provide an outstanding Catholic education for all our young people. This means:

    • inspiring and motivating young people to achieve their full potential academically, spiritually, socially and in a full range of extra-curricular activities
    • helping young people to grow in the love and knowledge of Jesus Christ
    • developing in young people a deep knowledge and understanding of the Catholic faith
    • practising Gospel values, such as forgiveness and helping those in need, within our school community and in society as a whole.

    Spend some time listing the many ways that our school community lives out our mission statement in the comments box below, try to think of ideas for each part of the statement. How can we practice these whilst we may or may not be in school during lockdown?

    As many people make New Year’s resolutions at this time of year take this opportunity to make one for your school life too. Choose a phrase in the Mission Statement and make it your mission to live it out this year!

    Leader/Student – Let us Pray:

    Leader/Student: We end our prayer by making the Sign of the Cross.

    All: In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

      Leader/Student: Let us start our prayer by making the Sign of the Cross.

      All: In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

      Leader/Student – Let us Pray:

      Intercessions: Think about any prayers you would like to offer to God today…

      The wise men were guided by the star on their journey and so we pray together that we may also be guided by God on our journey through life:

      We pray for all people who have to leave their homes and travel a long way: that they may reach a place of safety and welcome.

      Lord, in your mercy…

      Response: Hear our prayer

      We pray for those who journey to find water, food or healthcare: that with our help their journey may be made easier.

      Lord, in your mercy…

      Response: Hear our prayer

      We pray for our parish, family and friends: that we may reach out to others who face difficult journeys, even though they are far away, helping them in whatever way we can.

      Lord, in your mercy…

      Response: Hear our prayer

      Leader/Student: We end our prayer by making the Sign of the Cross.

      All: In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

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