Salesian College Morning Prayer Summer Term 2014
To all Form and Group Tutors: This booklet oﬀers some ideas for Morning Prayer during registration periods. It is based on materials produced by Fr David O’Malley SDB when he was chaplain in Bolton, and by Miss Enright. Form periods can be very busy so it is important to reserve a few minutes for prayer and reﬂection, preferably at the beginning, before general announcements. A regular routine is helpful, but within the framework there is room for variation and for your own creativity in responding to current concerns. It is good to involve the students in reading or leading the prayers. For further suggestions see the articles by Fr O’Malley on http://www.donbosco.co.uk/chap/prayers.html and feel free to discuss with Mr McNally or myself. Thank you for your help in supporting the Ethos of our Salesian College. Please let me know if you would like anything added to this booklet. Fr Patrick Sherlock SDB (chaplain) 2
Daily Prayers Begin and end the prayer session with the sign of the cross, said together: IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER AND OF THE SON AND OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. AMEN After any other prayers, include one or more of the following said together: Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. AMEN Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. AMEN Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. AMEN 3
St John Bosco, help us to love God and to bring that love into the lives of others. Teach us to love and practise our faith so that we may be worthy of God’s love and concern. Following your example, may we have hearts full of compassion for those who are in need, especially other young people and those who are poor. Pray for our families and all those whom we love that we may be united with them in this life and forever. AMEN I adore you, O my God, and I love you with all my heart. I thank you for having created me, called me into your Church, and preserved me during the night past. I oﬀer you all my actions of this day: grant that they may be done according to your holy will and for your greater glory. Keep me from sin and from every evil. May your grace be always with me and with all those who are dear to me. AMEN Lord, be the beginning and end of all that we do and say. Prompt our actions with your grace and complete them with your all powerful help. AMEN Before the ﬁnal sign of the cross, use one or both of the following: Saint John Bosco, PRAY FOR US. Mary, Help of Christians, PRAY FOR US 4
Week beginning Monday 28 Apr 2014 Start of Summer Term We begin the summer term in the joy of Easter, refreshed and ready for the lead up to examinations. Or perhaps we face the future with a few doubts and anxieties. Thomas was honest about his diﬃculties and received help and reassurance. We should do the same. Lord, help us to return to serious study after the Easter break. Help us to plan the use of our time and work diligently to achieve our goals, for your glory. AMEN Lord, we pray for anyone in our form who is sad or discouraged. Help us to be aware of how people are feeling and give them the support they need. AMEN Lord, over the past few weeks we have spent more time with our families. We thank you for the love and care we receive from them. Enfold us in your protection and help us to face all diﬃculties together. AMEN “Instruction does much, but encouragement everything.” Goethe “Good advice is not so plentiful, and we should consider ourselves lucky to get it.” Don Bosco Sunday Gospel Jn 20:19-31 Thomas believes after doubting Aim high and give your best!
Week beginning Monday 5 May 2014 Music Evening, Mass of Mary Help of Christians Jesus meets two of his disciples on the road to Emmaus. He listens to their concerns and then opens their eyes to greater possibilities. Lord, we thank you for our parents and teachers and all who walk beside us on our journey through life. As we grow in conﬁdence, may we never lose the humility to learn from others. AMEN All through this day, O Lord, by the power of your Spirit, let me touch the lives of others for good, through the words I speak, the silence I keep, the things I do or the life I live. AMEN We pray for the Yr 11 and Yr 12 students who will start their study leave later this week. Lord, help them to use their time well. AMEN “Any dead thing can go with the stream; it takes something alive to swim against it!” G K Chesterton “Our Lady wishes us to honour Her especially under the title of ‘Help of Christians’. In these evil days we need Her help.” Don Bosco Sunday Gospel Lk 24:13-35 On the road to Emmaus Take time to listen instead of replying immediately.
Week beginning Monday 12 May 2014 Public Exams, Upper Sixth leaving Being the best we can be is a good objective to aim for in life. We should remember that whilst success in exams is important - it helps to shape our future - people will remember us for other other qualities, including our cheerfulness, compassion, respect and understanding. Lord, we seem constantly under pressure to achieve and improve and sometimes we get knocked down by a sense of failure. Help us to recognise that we are valued for who we are, and that mistakes can help us grow as much as success. AMEN Dear Lord, examinations are starting soon. I’ve studied hard but haven’t learned enough. I’m not even sure what I need to know. Help me not to worry, to keep calm and do my best. Then if I fail, I need not be ashamed, and if I pass I will not boast, but rather thank you for your help. AMEN “Men may doubt what you say, but they will believe what you do.” Robert Quillen “Do you want your companions to respect you? Always think well of everyone, and be ready to help others. Do this and you will be happy.” Don Bosco Sunday Gospel Jn 10:1-10 I am the gate: fullness of life Respect the eﬀorts of others, even when they fail.
Week beginning Monday 19 May 2014 Exams for Yrs 7 to 10, Half Term already! This week our minds are focussed on our studies, but with the half term holiday to look forward to. The hope of joys to come can help us through diﬃcult stages on our life’s journey. Jesus lived through hardship and suﬀering to show us the way to true happiness. Lord, we pray for all those taking exams at this time. May they have the calm, the dedication and the wisdom to achieve success. AMEN Lord, we thank you for our education and we pray for young people in other parts of the world who long to have the opportunity to study and the teachers and resources we take for granted. AMEN Lord, as we draw near to the half term holiday, we ask you to help us to relax and spend our time well, so that we can return refreshed and ready for the challenges ahead. AMEN “To expect God to do everything while we do nothing is not faith, but superstition.” Martin Luther King “Run, jump, have all the fun you want at the right time, but, for heaven’s sake, do not commit sin!” Don Bosco Sunday Gospel Jn 14:1-12 I am the way, truth, life Make a list of three good things you want to do in the half term holiday.
Week beginning Monday 2 Jun 2014 Final lap of the school year! There are only ﬁve weeks of term before the summer holidays, but they are going to be full of challenges and opportunities to use our gifts and skills. Lord, in the parable of the talents you teach us to use the gifts we have been given for our beneﬁt and that of others. Help us recognise the potential of our own and others’ gifts to enhance lives each day. AMEN Lord, we know we all have diﬀerent gifts and no one can do everything. Help us to meet challenges that stretch our skills and help us to acknowledge, without resentment, when others have an ability from which we can learn. AMEN Lord, I oﬀer you today the power I have to love others. With you beside me, may I be generous, fair and honest and bring joy to others through my kindness and willingness to help. AMEN “During your times of trial and suﬀering, when you see only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you.” (Footprints) “Learn to ﬂee from bad companions and bad books. Instread, look for good ones.” Don Bosco Sunday Gospel Mt 28:16-20 I am with you always Build on the new talents you have discovered in yourself this year.
Week beginning Monday 9 Jun 2014 Yr 9 Retreats On the cricket ﬁeld the umpires work to ensure fairness and keep actions ﬂowing eﬀectively. Parents and teachers, friends and peers often prompt us to consider how our behaviour aﬀects others. Do we accept criticism graciously or do we get angry and deny that we have done anything wrong? Lord, sometimes our actions bring consequences which aﬀect others as well as ourselves. Help us be more aware when what we do will have a negative impact on those with whom we work or live alongside. AMEN Lord, we pray that in our judgements we may be impartial and make allowances for how people react under pressure and in important situations. We ask that we may value honesty and fairness when forming and sharing opinions. AMEN Lord, help us to admit our faults and to be ready to ask forgiveness when our actions cause harm to others. AMEN “A broken friendship that is mended through forgiveness can be even stronger than it once was.” Stephen Richards “Always tend to think well of other people. Give them credit, at least, for their good intentions.” Don Bosco Sunday Gospel Jn 20:19-23 Receive the Holy Spirit Be grateful when someone helps you to see your faults.
Week beginning Monday 16 Jun 2014 Induction Days for new pupils Seeing new pupils in the College reminds us of how we have grown and developed in the past year. Have we allowed our faith to develop as much as the other dimensions of our life? Lord, you look upon us as your beloved children. You want none of us to be lost, and all of us to enjoy the happiness of eternal life. Open our hearts to your grace and mercy. May we live in your presence and fulﬁll your will in serving those in need. AMEN Lord, help us to welcome our new pupils and share with them the Salesian family spirit which ﬂows through the life of our College. AMEN Lord, we pray for anyone we know who is ill, or suﬀering in any way… Inspire us to know how best to help them and make up for our weakness with your divine power. AMEN “Faith in God is a mixture of hope and doubt. Faith without doubt is not faith, but certainty.” P Purnell “It is enough for a young person to enter a Salesian house for Our Lady to take him under her special care.” Don Bosco Sunday Gospel Jn 3:16-18 God loved the world so much Welcome visitors with a smile.
Week beginning Monday 23 Jun 2014 Sports Day Competition is not about winning but about taking part. If you are taking part only to win there could be disappointment in store. In the game of life between the passive and aggressive attitudes there is a middle stance where knowing you have done your best is its own reward. Lord, be with us as we prepare to test our physical skills. Let us play well, but fairly. May we be competitive but never hostile. Help us to do our best for our House but above all to rejoice in the health and strength you have given us. AMEN Lord, we pray for those who train, support and encourage us as we try to be the best we can. May we respond with gratitude and give that same encouragement to others. AMEN Lord, we thank you for the opportunity to take part in sports and games. We think of other young people throughout the world who share our enthusiasm and remember how much we have in common with them. AMEN “It is in experiencing and accepting the pain of defeat, that we may truly acknowledge the joy of victory.” Andre Bramble “When one is convinced that his cause is just, he will fear nothing.” Don Bosco Sunday Gospel Jn 6:51-58 I am the living bread Cheer on the weaker as well as the winner. 12
Week beginning Monday 30 Jun 2014 Mass: End of Year In this ﬁnal week of our school year we take time to look back and reﬂect on the lessons we have learned, both in and outside the classroom. May we have the conﬁdence to thank those who have helped us and to apologise to anyone we have oﬀended before we leave. Lord, we thank you for all we have learned this year with the help of our teachers. We thank you for the trips, the sport, the music, the drama, the clubs and the time we have spent relaxing with our friends. AMEN Lord, the year is almost ﬁnished. For most it is a mixture of successes and failures, progress and setbacks, expectations being fulﬁlled and disappointments being felt. Our experiences have changed us. However we feel, help us to recognise that you have been with us each moment. AMEN Lord, as we go our separate ways during the summer, we ask you to keep us safe. Show us how to use our time well and give us the qualities we need to be helpful and bring joy to our families and friends. AMEN “All journeys eventually end in the same place, home.” Chris Geiger “Shun bad companions, associate with good ones.” Don Bosco Sunday Gospel Mt 10:26-33 Do not be afraid Have a safe and happy summer! (see p16) 13
Prayers for Various Situations For Peace (from CAFOD) God of all, as we walk together, Open our hearts to your tenderness. Open our minds to your understanding. Open our lives to your challenge. We are one people, many nations, Building hope through steps for peace. One world with many barriers, Breaking chains so we dance free. One voice that shouts for justice Shatters hatred, calls for change. One God, one world, one people, Turning tables, share the feast. For Serenity God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things that should be changed, and the wisdom to know the diﬀerence. AMEN Lord I am sailing on your big sea. Please guard my little ship for me. AMEN Someone Died Lord, someone I love died today. My heart feels as though it will never recover. To carry on seems too big an eﬀort. Yet continue I must – but I’m going to need your help. Give me friends to comfort me in the sad times, to smile with me as we recall the joys, and to love me through the pain, towards life and hope. AMEN 14
When Things Go Wrong Lord Jesus, things are a bit of a mess at the moment. Give me strength to get through this diﬃcult time, and courage to learn from it that I may grow in love. AMEN Lord, I did something stupid: I messed up. I didn’t mean to hurt anyone but people got upset and angry. Help me to accept the consequences of my moment of madness, and use the experience to grow into a better person. AMEN Lord, help me to remember that there is nothing going to happen today that you and I cannot get through together. AMEN During Exam Time Heavenly Father, we pray for all those taking exams at this time. May they have the calm, the dedication and the wisdom to achieve success. AMEN Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. (Philippians 4:6) Dear Lord of All, bless me and help me to be calm during this examination. Give me conﬁdence in myself and in you, so that I may understand what is asked of me and use the time well. Be with me and ﬁll me with your Spirit. AMEN 15
Taking control of your holiday 1. Remember that not all your time is free – you will still have jobs to do and people at home will expect you to do a bit more. 2. Keep in touch with friends, even if they live far away. Text your friends regularly and meet up when you can. 3. Do something energetic two or three times a week. Go swimming or cycling for example (with permission). 4. Have a project at home that can ﬁll time – something like making something, decorating a room, setting up a web site – things that can be done if it is raining. 5. Get out of the house every day with permission, go to the pictures, visit grandparents, help with shopping and keep busy. 6. Decide to do something new each week, go somewhere you’ve never been or try a new activity. 7. Don’t blame others when you get bored – it’s not their fault – only you can change that feeling. 8. Don’t lie in bed all day and don’t go to bed too late or your holiday will pass by in daze. Change your normal timetable by no more than an hour and a half. 9. Keep an eye on the local paper and youth service web sites for information on events you can join in with. 10. Get your diary out and plan the time ahead. Notice when you have long spells with nothing to do. Organise yourself and your friends out of boredom.