Prayer – The Becket (19th – 23rd Feb)

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We are in the 1st week of Lent in the Church’s Liturgical Calendar

The Liturgical colour is Purple and the Word of the Week is…

Prayer!

Prayer is simply a conversation with God. It is a way of opening our hearts to Him and sharing our thoughts and feelings with Him. Prayer can be done in many different ways, such as through words, music, or silence. During Lent, we can use prayer to reflect on our relationship with God, and to ask for his guidance and strength.

Make an extra effort to make some time for prayer this week and throughout the rest of Lent. Think about what you want to say to God and what he might be saying to you.

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Celebration of the Word Rota:
Mon – KS Year 7 and 8
Tues – KS Year 9 and 10
Wed – KS Y12 and 13
Thurs – Year 11

Form Tutors – Collection from the staff room

Please collect an “Ordo”, plastic wallet and pins from the front of the staff room which will be required in this week’s form time prayer and will need to be kept on your form prayer board. There is a message for staff on the white board at the front of the staff room.

 

Year 10 Briars

An email was sent home to parents on Monday with the second letter for the year 10 Briars retreat for those students who have secured a space on the retreat. 
 
The second letter includes payment information, a packing list, travel arrangements, a health form that needs to be completed and returned and a behaviour contract that needs to be completed and returned. 
 
If you would like a physical paper copy of the letters, please collect them from the letter tray at break or lunch which is just outside the right-side chapel door (in the hall). Ruth is at a primary school all day today (Wednesday) but is in The Becket tomorrow (Thursday) if you have any questions about the trip. 

 

Abi Newman in 9R is running for MYP (Member of Youth Parliament) for Broxtowe district!

Abigail was successfully elected 2 years ago and is hoping to retain that in the re elections, she has even voiced and acted upon her passions when invited to speak in the House of Commons with Prime Minister Rishi Sunak representing the young voice of the East Midlands. She is an inspiring figure to all of our pupils and a real credit to have in our school!
Please show your support for fellow peer Abigail and vote for “Abigail” for “Broxtowe” District via the link below:
All of the candidates and their speeches are embedded in the link.
6th Form tutors can allow students to vote on their personal devices at their own discretion.

An introduction to Lent! 

Leader/Young person: We invite you to join in making the Sign of our Faith, the Sign of the Cross.

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

On Wednesday, in half term, we celebrated Ash Wednesday which marks the first day of Lent.  As we enter a new and very important Liturgical season it’s time to test our knowledge on the season and remind ourselves of some of the traditions and symbolism we will see around school and in our churches this half term.

It’s time for the big fat quiz on Lent! You might want to work individually or in pairs in your form groups. Please find a piece of A5 scrap paper or plain paper to write your answers down as the questions are read out.

 

1  – What is the Liturgical colour for the season of Lent? Can you give an example of where we will see this Liturgical colour used in our schools and churches?

 

2 – On the 4th Sunday of Lent a different Liturgical colour is used, can you name which colour?

 

3 – What do we call the day before Lent begins?

 

4 – What words are said when you receive the ashes on Ash Wednesday?

 

5 – How long is the season of Lent?

 

6 – What are the three pillars of Lent?

 

7 – Which Liturgical word do we NOT say or sing during Lent? 

 

8 – How many stations of the cross are there?

 

9 – Which of our HOUSE feast days do we celebrate during Lent?

 

10 – When does Lent officially end? 

 

See answers here!

1  – What is the Liturgical colour for the season of Lent? Can you give an example of where we will see this Liturgical colour used in our schools and churches?

A) The colour purple/violet is used in Lent.

It represents penance, preparation, and royalty because Christians believe that Jesus Christ is the king of all kings.

We might see the colour purple used in our prayer focuses, on the priests vestments, on the cloth covering the tabernacle in our Churches, on our display boards (come and see year 7s Lenten displays in the chapel!) and in many more places and ways!

 

2 – On the 4th Sunday of Lent a different Liturgical colour is used, can you name which colour?

A) On the 4th Sunday of Lent we celebrate Laetare Sunday – the liturgical colour is rose (pink) and some of the austerity of Lent is lifted to help encourage us on our Lenten journey towards the joy of the resurrection.

We use the colour pink on two days of the Liturgical year, in Joy week in the third week of Advent and Laetare Sunday in Lent – both occasions symbolise that we are over half way through our periods of preparation.

 

3 – What do we call the day before Lent begins?

Shrive Tuesday also known as Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras (French for ‘Fat Tuesday’).

Shrove is the past tense of the word shrive, which means to hear a confession, assign penance,
and absolve from sin. In the Middle Ages, especially in Northern Europe and England, it became
the custom to confess one’s sins on the day before Lent began in order to enter the penitential
season in the right spirit.

In previous centuries the fast during Lent was quite severe. Christians
abstained from all meat and items that came from animals, including butter, eggs, cheese, and
fat. Pancakes became associated with Shrove Tuesday as they were a dish that could use up all the eggs, fats and milk in the house with just the addition of flour.

 

4 – What words are said when you receive the ashes on Ash Wednesday?

Ash Wednesday marks the start of the Season of Lent.
Ashes are placed on the forehead of all those who wish to show that they are beginning upon
their preparations during Lent.

During Ash Wednesday the congregation is offered the opportunity to be marked on the forehead with a cross of ashes as a sign of penitence and mortality whilst one of the following phrases is used:
Remember, that you are dust, and to dust you shall return
Or,
Repent, and believe in the Gospel

The ashes are made by burning blessed palm crosses or olive branches from the previous Palm
Sunday.

 

5 – How long is the season of Lent?

Lent is the season of preparation before Easter. It begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Maundy Thursday when the Church enters into the three days (Sacred Triduum) of Jesus’ passion, death, and finally resurrection, which marks the start of Eastertide.

Lent lasts for 40 days and reminds us of the 40 days that Jesus spent in the desert when he was tempted by the devil before beginning his mission.

Lent actually lasts for 46 days if you include the Sundays in Lent, some Catholics do not carry out their fasting on a Sunday as every Sunday is a feast day.

 

6 – What are the three pillars of Lent?

Prayer

Fasting

Almsgiving (Charity)

 

7 – Which Liturgical word do we NOT say or sing during Lent? 

During Lent we do not use the ‘Alleluia’. The word comes from the Hebrew ‘Praise be the Lord’. As praise and celebration are associated with the joy of Easter, we deliberately do not use the word ‘Alleluia’ as we prepare during Lent. In contrast, at the Easter Vigil, and throughout Eastertide, we can’t stop saying it!

The Gloria is also omitted because these are joyful acclamations and are more appropriate at Easter and throughout the year. Flowers are also not seen in the church during Lent and during Holy Week the statues and artefacts are covered with purple cloth and the church is sparse and bare until Easter.

 

8 – How many stations of the cross are there?

The Stations of the Cross, also known as the Way of the Cross or Via Crucis, commemorate Jesus’s passion and death on the cross. There are 14 stations that each depict a moment on his journey to Calvary, usually through sacred art, prayers, and reflections.

Some stations may have 15 plaques or reflections if they include the resurrection.

 

9 – Which of our HOUSE feast days do we celebrate during Lent?

Tuesday 17th March: Saint Patrick, Bishop, Patron of Ireland (Feast)

 

10 – When does Lent officially end?

 

The last week of Lent is called Holy Week and Lent ends on Maundy Thursday, when the Church enters into the three days (Sacred Triduum) of Jesus’ passion, death, and finally resurrection, which marks the start of Eastertide.

During Holy Week we commemorate the events leading up to Jesus’ death and resurrection including:

Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem (Palm Sunday),

the Last Supper, with the command to wash the disciple’s feet and Jesus’ institution of the Eucharist (Maundy Thursday),

Jesus’s crucifixion and death (Good Friday),

and then the stillness of Jesus’ dead body lying in the tomb (Holy Saturday)

until the glories of Jesus’ resurrection are celebrated on Easter day.

 

What was the top score in your form groups? Did you learn anything new?

Let us know in the comments below!

 

Let us pray together…

Heavenly Father

Help us to see the value of Lent in our lives and inspire us to think of something that we can do that will bring us closer to others and closer to you this half term as we journey through Lent.

May we make a positive difference this Lent, to our family homes, school community and churches, through prayer, fasting and giving. 

Amen. 

 

Leader/Young person: “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.”

Year of Prayer – The Lord’s Prayer 

Leader/Young person: We remember that God is with us as we make the Sign of the Cross.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leader/Young person: “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.”

Extra-Ordo-Nary Quiz!

*Before this morning’s form prayer, please collect an “Ordo”, plastic wallet and pins from the front of the staff room. There is a message for staff on the white board at the front of the staff room.

 

Please lift out your Nottingham Diocesan Ordo books!

Leader/Young person: We welcome God into this space as we make the Sign of the Cross.

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

What is the Ordo?

The Ordo is a Liturgical guide to the solemnities and feasts in the Church’s Liturgical Calendar.  It highlights world days of prayer, themes of prayers of intercession and for the first time ever, Nottingham’s Ordo tells us our school’s “word of the week” themes!

Before a priest or lay person plans a celebration of Mass or Celebration of the Word, they will check the Ordo to see which Liturgical season the Church is in, whether there are any special feasts or memorials on that day, what the Liturgical colour is and which readings are being used in Mass that day.

We are also celebrating that for the first time ever, every single tutor group and class across the OLOL Trust now have their very own Ordo to be displayed and used in classrooms.

This morning, we are going to familiarise ourselves with the Ordo and we challenge you to an Ordo quiz and race against the clock.

 

Quiz!

Please nominate 6 students to take on the challenge. Each student will be asked a question. The answer is in the Ordo. All you need to do is find the correct date or season in the Liturgical calendar to find the exact answer.

*Remember, the Church’s Liturgical Calendar starts in December in the season of Advent!

Nominate another student with a watch to be the time keeper or to watch the classroom clock if no one has an analogue clock. It is their job to time how long it takes for the volunteers to find the correct answer and then record the time somewhere.

 

Question 1

Whose feast day is celebrated on (Friday) 29th December 2023?

 

Q1 ANSWER

SAINT THOMAS OF CANTERBURY (BECKET), BISHOP AND MARTYR

 

 

Question 2

What was the Liturgical colour on Wednesday 14th February 2024?

 

Q2 ANSWER

VIOLET – ASH WEDNESDAY, THE FIRST DAY OF LENT

 

 

Question 3

What celebration takes place on Friday 29th March this year?

 

Q3 ANSWER

THE PASSION OF THE LORD (GOOD FRIDAY IN HOLY WEEK)

A day of fasting and abstinence. The passion is read in Catholic Churches at 3pm, when it is believed that Jesus died on the cross.

 

 

Question 4

What is the word of the week during the week commencing Sunday 21st April in Eastertide?

 

Q4 ANSWER

VOCATION

On Sunday 21st April the Church celebrates the World Day of Prayer for Vocations: on this day special prayers are offered for religious vocations.

 

 

Question 5

Whose feast day is celebrated on Tuesday 11th June this year (2024) in the tenth week of Ordinary Time?

 

Q5 ANSWER

SAINT BARNABAS, APOSTLE

Saint Barnabas is the patron saint of our Nottingham Cathedral, a special date for our Diocese.

 

 

Question 6

Can you the first week of Lent WC 18th – 24th February?

 

Q6 ANSWER

Well done for taking part in the Ordo quiz, you have made it to present time! We are currently in the first week of Lent and the word of the week is prayer.

Let us know in the comments below any record breaking timings for the quiz – house points will be awarded!

 

Please keep the Ordo on this page and put the Ordo in a plastic wallet and pin the wallet to the prayer board where it will kept for the rest of the Liturgical Year.

Please nominate some students to change the Liturgical calendar each week on a Monday morning.

Every Monday or Tuesday (depending on when you have CoTW), you could nominate a student to share the word of the week, the Liturgical colours for the week and whether there are any special feasts coming up.

 

Let us pray together…

Heavenly Father

We thank you for giving us Jesus Christ, our role model, who taught us what it means to love, serve and forgive. 

Help us to walk closely with Jesus this Liturgical year, to learn from him, know him and trust him in our daily lives. 

We ask this prayer through Christ our Lord.

Amen. 

 

Leader/Young person: “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.”

Prayer Journals – Prayer partners 

*For this morning’s prayer time, please collect your form names (which are paper clipped together and in a basket at the front of the staff room)

 

Leader/Young person: We invite you to join in making the Sign of our Faith, the Sign of the Cross.

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

Prayer is the word of the week. Prayer is a pillar of Lent. And currently we are in the “Year of Prayer” in the Church!

On the last day before the Christmas holidays started, everyone wrote their names down on a piece of paper. These prayers were placed in the crib in front of the altar and we spent a moment praying for everyone as a community.

In this end of year Liturgy, we told you that in the new year, you would receive the name of another student, who you would pray for in the “Year of Prayer” – and today that time has come!

Your form tutor should have a set of names on purple paper. If you haven’t collected the names yet, please send a student down to the chapel now to collect the names from Ruth!

 

Prayer partners and prayer journals 

In a moment, your form tutor will play some music and they will come around the room and either a) give you a name from the pile of names at random or b) ask you to choose a name at random from a basket/bowl/plastic wallet. If you pick up your own name, make sure to put it back!

You don’t need to react or tell anyone which name you have received.

All you need to do in this moment is:

stay quiet, remember this name, Write the title “my prayer partner for the year of prayer 2024 is…” *stick the name below stick the piece of paper in your prayer journals on the ‘prayer’ page  Use this time of quiet to listen to the music and say a prayer in your heads for this person

Play the song below as you complete this activity:

 

Following on from Mr Udoh’s mission that we heard in this week’s Celebration of the Word, one way you can deepen your prayer life in Lent and in the Year of Prayer is to have a prayer partner. If you are ever lost for thoughts or words in your prayers, just think of this person. You may wish to go that extra mile and do some extra acts of kindness and help for this person, especially in the season of almsgiving in Lent!

 

 

Let us pray together…

Heavenly Father, 

Today we hold our prayer partners in our thoughts and prayers. 

God of blessings,
in this year ahead,
give us a spirit of listening,
of openness to your word
and longing for your kingdom.

As we journey toward the Jubilee,
a time of new beginnings,
we pray for help and strength,
to heal our relationships with each other
and all creation.

Sing your song of love over us,
renewing our faith and courage,
so we may join our voices together,
discovering new harmonies of hope,
new melodies of reconciliation

Attentive to the Spirit,
and awake to the needs of the world,
may we seek your life-giving presence,
as we join as one global family,
in a great symphony of prayer and praise.

Amen. 

 

Leader/Young person: “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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