The Word of the Week is Prayer!

First Week of Lent

Welcome back everyone! On Wednesday, during half term, we started the season of Lent, a very special and important season in the Catholic Church. Usually we would start our Lenten journey by receiving Ashes on our forehead, the ashes remind us of God’s forgiveness and mercy and remember that we can always start a fresh with God and let go of any mistakes we’ve made.

The Lenten theme we are exploring this week is PRAYER. Prayer is simply a chat with God…you don’t need to use the right words, you don’t even need to use any words, you just need to put aside some time to be with God.

This week, your mission is to make an appointment with God, it could be 5 mins or it could be 20 minutes, just make sure that you book that time in and set aside to have a chat with God somewhere quiet. Remember that prayer doesn’t need fancy words, it is simply a chat with God…is there anything you need to say sorry for? Do you need help with anything? Do others need help from God? What are you grateful for?

Click on a different tabs below each day and explore the different resources we will be exploring at home and in school this week! There are enough things to do one for every day and more if you wish!

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.

As we begin the Season of Lent we invite you to join us for our Trust Lenten Liturgy…

God of love, fill my heart with your compassion and mercy.

Throughout my Lenten journey inspire me to come to know you better and to reach out in love to others.

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.

Preparing a prayer space at home or in your classrooms:

Lent is all about change and making choices that help us grow closer to God. Changing the environment and atmosphere that we are in can help encourage us to spend time in prayer and inspire the things we pray for. There are many ways you can do this, for example, you could move into a different room, clear a space on your desk or table or put away your work to help you have a clear mindset. You could change the lighting or the way you are sitting 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: Violet/Purple – The Season of Lent

The Liturgical colour for Lent is Purple (apart from where feasts and solemnities specify white or red) which signifies the penitent and reflective atmosphere of the season. Purple (or violet) is associated with mourning and so anticipates the pain and suffering of the crucifixion, but purple is also the colour associated with royalty, and celebrates Christ’s kingship and sovereignty. (If you have a piece of purple paper or piece of fabric like a blanket, pillow case or cloth you could use the fabric for a prayer focus in your classroom or homes)

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.

You can send in any photos of your DIY prayer focuses to your Chaplains: r.cotter@becketonline.co.uk and j.martin@becketonline.co.uk

 

Heavenly Father, help us to grow closer to you this Lent. May we do our best to spend more time with you in prayer and follow the example of your Son, Jesus, so that we might share your love with everyone, everywhere.

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.

On Wednesday, during half term, we started the season of Lent, a very special and important season in the Catholic Church. Usually we would start our Lenten journey by receiving Ashes on our forehead, the ashes remind us of God’s forgiveness and mercy and remember that we can always start a fresh with God and let go of any mistakes we’ve made.

The Lenten theme we are exploring this week is PRAYER. Prayer is simply a chat with God…you don’t need to use the right words, you don’t even need to use any words, you just need to put aside some time to be with God.

Today we listen to the Gospel Reading for Ash Wednesday and a short reflection from Fr Neil Peoples…

Your Mission: Forgive yourself for anything you might be holding onto and if you haven’t already, bring it to God and say sorry.

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.

The Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Multi Academy Trust is taking part in a virtual Pilgrimage this Lent as we support the CAFOD campaign ‘Walk for Water’.

We are very fortunate in that we do not have to travel very far to access to water. We might have to walk down the corridor to wash our hands or walk down some stairs to fill our water bottle up. However, not everyone has access to clean water. For some people it can take a long journey of 24 hours to get some clean water to drink!

This Lent, we’re walking for 40 days to change the fact that one in three people don’t have access to safe, clean water.

Go the distance this Lent and help to end water poverty!

For more information about CAFOD and its campaign go to their website here.

To make a donation towards’ CAFOD’s Walk for Water Campaign you can visit our JustGiving page by clicking here.

To add your steps/ miles/ kilometres to our Trust total complete this quick and easy Google Form here.

Check back here for more information and resources as we prepare for our Pilgrimage or watch the video below to see why it’s so important to support those who do not have easy access to safe, clean water!

 

Where have we reached?

Check back on the map below daily to see where we are at on our journey around the Trust! We’re starting at St Patrick’s and as the term goes on we will slowly visit different schools, buildings and Churches and perhaps even see a glimpse of them virtually!

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.

God of life, guide us in our choices so that they may be compassionate, wise and full of love for others. In this way, may all people have the chance to live to their full potential.

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.

Lent is the period of 40 days and 40 nights that comes before Easter and is a time of preparation for the celebration of the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus. The season encourages us to
remove the things that cause us to be distracted from our relationship with God and the
contrast between the Lenten and Easter seasons help us to recognise that Jesus’ resurrection is
the biggest cause for celebration in our faith. Lent is an old English word meaning ‘lengthen’.
Lent is observed in spring, when the days begin to get longer.

This Lent, why not choose a Lenten Calendar to follow to help you journey through Lent the right way? Here are a few examples you could choose from!

You could even create your own calendar for yourself and your family, or put reminders in your phone!

https://cafod.org.uk/Pray/Lent-Calendar

 

CAFOD Primary Lent calendar 2021 one page

 

Lent 21 one page calendar

 

God of love, fill my heart with your compassion and mercy. Throughout my Lenten journey inspire me to come to know you better and to reach out in love to others.

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.

Some people enjoy or find it easier to pray with music. Below are some songs that you could listen to this week to help inspire your prayers. Take 5 minutes out of your day to find a quiet space, put your headphones in and have a conversation with God…

Remember that prayer doesn’t need fancy words, it is simply a chat with God…is there anything you need to say sorry for? Do you need help with anything? Do others need help from God? What are you grateful for?

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.

One way in which we can pray is through meditation, maybe part of your Lenten challenge could be to try out some prayer meditation each week…

A Lenten Meditation

We say…

Lord Jesus, when I am sad and depressed
Help me think of you praying in the garden.

Lord Jesus, when I am fearful
help me to think of you being taken prisoner.

Lord Jesus, when I am ill
help me to think of you being scourged at the pillar.

Lord Jesus, when I have a headache
help me to think of you wearing the crown of thorns.

Lord Jesus, when I am tired
help me to think of you carrying the cross for love of me.

Lord Jesus, when I am humiliated
help me to think of you being stripped of your garments.

Lord Jesus, when I am in pain
help me to think of you being nailed to the cross.

Lord Jesus, when I am lonely
help me to think of you hanging on the cross.

Lord Jesus, when I am dying
Help me to think of you dying on the cross for love of me.

Lord Jesus, help me to remember
how much you suffered for love of me
and help me to love you more and more.

Amen.

If you enjoy meditation, you could try out the ‘Hallow’ app- for Catholic Prayer and Meditation. There are lots of prayers and guided meditations on there to help lead you through prayer and reflection.

If you download the Hallow app, here are some of the other prayers and meditations you will find there:

* Healing #pray19 challenge

* Lectio Divina on the Daily Gospel

* Rosary

* “Stuck at Home” praylist

* Divine Mercy Chaplet

* #Meditation

* Spiritual Writing

* Sleep

* Night prayer

* #HallowDailies

* Stations of the Cross

* Contemplation with the Saints

* Minute meditations

* Praylists on themes like love, joy, hope, humility, and forgiveness

* Custom prayer plans to fit your goals and needs

* Guest sessions from Bishops, bloggers, teachers, and authors from across the world

 

Heavenly Father, help me to set time aside to talk to you so that I can grow closer to you. May I open my heart to your peace, wisdom and healing and know that you always there for me, no matter where I am or what time of the day it is. 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.

There are lots of videos and resources created by The Briars team each week to help us to stay connected and explore our faith, below are some of the things they are offering each week!…

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.

Let’s find out more about what’s happening in the week ahead in the Church’s Liturgical Calendar…

Monday

Join The Briars team with live guests and prayer every Monday morning at 9:30am, to help us stay connected and start our week in a positive way.

If you miss the live stream you can still catch up on NDCYS Live YouTube channel. Hit subscribe and set a reminder for every Monday! We’ll see you there 🙂

Tuesday

Tuesday Mornings- P.E with Jesus

Wednesday

Wednesday Evenings Night Prayer at 8pm with The Briars Team- Join us and leave your prayer intentions in the comments as we pray together from our homes every Wednesday evening. 

Thursday

Thursday Mornings – PE with Jesus

Friday

Friday Night Live show – Every Friday Evening

 Get your household together and join the team for special guests, games and challenges, prayer and reflection!

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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