Example – All Saints’

We are in the 6th week of Eastertide in the Church’s Liturgical Calendar.

The Liturgical colours are white and gold.

The Word of the Week this week is…

Example

An example is a model of behaviour. It is something that we can look to in order to learn how to live our lives. The lives of the saints, and other holy men and women, remind us that we are all called to follow the example of Jesus Christ. We too, should also be an example to others by trying to live a life of love, service, and forgiveness.

This week, think of a something positive and loving you can do for those around you to set a good example to others.

Choose someone in your form to lead your prayer this morning. They should read anything in bold, and everyone else should join in on the other parts.

We begin our prayer with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

 You may have often heard words like: ‘lead by example’ or ‘follow the example of…’.  This is because people who set a good example for us are often displaying qualities that we should aspire to.  They are using the gifts of the Holy Spirit to do what God calls them to do.

Let’s find out where this is rooted in Scripture:

As a form, we invite you today to think about the people in the world and in your daily lives who you’ve seen, or heard of, the spirit working in, making them a good ‘example’ to learn from.  This might be someone from the Bible, someone famous or someone who you encounter in your daily life.

Add names of these ‘examples’ to the comments box below.

On Thursday, we celebrate the one and only Holy Day of Obligation that takes place during Term Time this year: The Feast of the Ascension.  This is a very special time and an important opportunity when we are called to participate in Mass, as a whole school community, as this unites us with all those in our local and global parishes who are gathering together for the feast day Mass too. 

On Thursday, everyone in school will celebrate Mass, via the live stream, which will run from the chapel.

Think ahead about how you will prepare yourselves to celebrate Mass in your form room, to ensure this is a prayerful experience, as we are all present and participating.  On Thursday, it’s important to remain in your form room until Mass has ended, even if the bell rings.  After Mass, anyone who would like to receive Holy Communion, or a blessing, can come straight to the chapel, where we will remain to minister to you.

Let us pray: 

Lord, help us to be examples of our faith, or to the faith of our school community, through the way we speak, act and live.  Help others to follow our example, just as we follow Jesus and his Holy Mother, Our Lady.

Help us to be reverent, respectful and faithful.

We make this prayer in Jesus’ name, amen.

We end our prayer with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Choose someone in your form to lead your prayer this morning. They should read anything in bold, and everyone else should join in on the other parts.

 

We begin our prayer with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Please note:

If you’re logging on to today’s page on Thursday, please use the link for Mass.  Otherwise, follow the prayer resource below, linked to Our Lady. 

On Thursday, we celebrate the one and only Holy Day of Obligation that takes place during Term Time this year: The Feast of the Ascension.  This is a very special time and an important opportunity when we are called to participate in Mass, as a whole school community, as this unites us with all those in our local and global parishes who are gathering together for the feast day Mass too. 

On Thursday, everyone in school will celebrate Mass, via the live stream, which will run from the chapel.

Think ahead about how you will prepare yourselves to celebrate Mass in your form room, to ensure this is a prayerful experience, as we are all present and participating.  On Thursday, it’s important to remain in your form room until Mass has ended, even if the bell rings.  After Mass, anyone who would like to receive Holy Communion, or a blessing, can come straight to the chapel, where we will remain to minister to you.

We turn today to Our Lady, during this month of May, in which we honour her, through prayer, devotion and through the way we try to be more like her.

In today’s prayer we are going to reflect and meditate on a song called The Magnificat, you may have heard the Magnificat being sung before in school or at Church, and it is a truly beautiful song, with a very famous author…Mary! The lyrics used in the Magnificat are sung by Mary in Luke’s Gospel after Mary was visited by the Angel Gabriel and it was revealed that she would give birth to the Son of God.

Pope Francis describes the Magnificat as “a revolutionary prayer, the song of a faith-filled young woman conscious of her limits, yet confident in God’s mercy.” Pope Francis urges young people to have the same confidence in the Lord: “Jesus is calling you to leave your mark in life, your mark on history, both your own and that of so many others.”

Mary was not important in the eyes of the world or her society. In her song, the Magnificat, she says that God has lifted the humble and poor. God seems to have a way of choosing those who, in the eyes of the world, are ‘unimportant’. Before we say yes to God, God says yes to us – ‘Yes, it’s going to be OK – Yes, I love you – Yes, you are special’ – ‘Yes, I have a job for you.’

Yes, despite how we see ourselves sometimes or how others might view us, and yes, even when we mess up sometimes, God loves us and values us. God’s plan for the world rests on a simple ‘yes’ from ordinary people like you and me.

Today, as we reflect on the line of our Trust prayer “Help us to love like she loves, have faith like she has”, we think about how we too can be brave and courageous young people with faith and leave a positive mark on the world like Mary did. 

Like Mary, we are all called to say yes and to bring God’s word to life in the way we live, speak, act… 

What do you feel God might be calling you to do as part of his mission to love the world, bring about justice and heal its brokenness?

How do you glorify the Lord in your life?

Add examples in the comments below.

Let us now ask Mary to pray with us and for us, as we pray together…

 

We end our prayer with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Choose someone in your form to lead your prayer this morning. They should read anything in bold, and everyone else should join in on the other parts.

We begin our prayer with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Please note:

If you’re logging on to today’s page on Thursday, please use the link for Mass.  Otherwise, follow the prayer resource below, linked to Blessed Carlo Acutis. 

On Thursday, we celebrate the one and only Holy Day of Obligation that takes place during Term Time this year: The Feast of the Ascension.  This is a very special time and an important opportunity when we are called to participate in Mass, as a whole school community, as this unites us with all those in our local and global parishes who are gathering together for the feast day Mass too. 

On Thursday, everyone in school will celebrate Mass, via the live stream, which will run from the chapel.

Think ahead about how you will prepare yourselves to celebrate Mass in your form room, to ensure this is a prayerful experience, as we are all present and participating.  On Thursday, it’s important to remain in your form room until Mass has ended, even if the bell rings.  After Mass, anyone who would like to receive Holy Communion, or a blessing, can come straight to the chapel, where we will remain to minister to you.

Today, we spend time focussing on a great example of faith and one of our House patron saints, Blessed Carlo Acutis.  Watch the video then think about ways that you can be inspired by his story. 

We end our prayer with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Choose someone in your form to lead your prayer this morning. They should read anything in bold, and everyone else should join in on the other parts.

We begin our prayer with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Yesterday, we celebrated a beautiful Mass.  We’d like to thank you all for sharing in Mass with reverence and respect and thank you for your patience with any technical delays or issues.  We are working on this, in readiness for next time.

It was wonderful to see so many of you visiting the chapel for Holy Communion or for a blessing, after Mass.  Please know that you are all welcome any time!

In order to continue to make Mass engaging and reflective, your feedback is so important to us.  Please spend a few moments this morning, completing the Mass Evaluation form via:

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At the end of your prayer time today, please share in praying these prayers from yesterday’s Mass, as we continue to think of the needs of all in our local community, Church and wider world.  You can pray these together or choose individual readers in your form room to lead each prayer, allowing everyone to respond, ‘Lord graciously hear us.’

1. We pray for the Church.
May each one of us be lifted up to do God’s work, inspired by the example of those called to a life of service to the Lord.
Lord hear us. Lord graciously hear us.

2. We pray for all leaders in the world.
May they use their power for good, making disciples of all the nations through acts of kindness, compassion, peace, dignity and respect for all.
Lord hear us. Lord graciously hear us.

3. We pray for all in the world who are suffering.
May they feel God’s healing power, through the example of those who reach out to them, as Jesus did.
Lord hear us. Lord graciously hear us.

4. We pray for our local and parish communities.
May we reach out to one another, seeking the face of Christ in others and being the face of Christ to others, so that no one is left out or in need.
Lord hear us. Lord graciously hear us.

5. We pray for all who minister, spreading the Gospel message and making disciples of all the nations.
May they feel the power of the Holy Spirit working through them.
Lord hear us. Lord graciously hear us.

6. We pray for all who are preparing for exams.                                                                                                                                                                     May they feel the power of the Holy Spirit, guiding them with the gifts of knowledge, wisdom, strength and courage, so that they reach their potential and know that God is with them always.                                                                                                                                                                        Lord hear us. Lord graciously hear us.

7. We pray for all who are preparing for sacraments, especially those in our schools preparing for First Holy Communion and Confirmation and for the two deacons preparing for ordination in our parish.
May each one feel God working within them, guiding them, through the Spirit, to use their gifts to bear fruit.
Lord hear us. Lord graciously hear us.

8. We pray for ourselves and our school community.
May we be missionary disciples who go out into the world, spreading the Good News, with strength and courage, knowing that He is with us always.
Lord hear us. Lord graciously hear us.

9. During this month of May, the month of Mary, we ask Our Blessed Lady to guide and strengthen us on our journey, as we pray together…Hail Mary…

 

We end our prayer with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

 

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