Salesian College Morning Prayer Autumn Term 2013
To all Form 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.salesians.org.uk/chap/prayers.html and feel free to discuss with Miss Enright 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 2 Sep 2013 First week of term. Mass to begin the year. Welcome back! Here is an opportunity for a new beginning: to be diﬀerent, to re-connect with people in new patterns; a chance to develop better relationships and explore new possibilities. New beginnings need to be small steps and they need to be protected from disappointment and the nasty comments of others. Are we ready to let others be diﬀerent this year? Lord, help us to thirst for the learning that we will need to do well in life. May we discover our gifts and talents through the honest praise of friends and come to ﬁnd our path in life this year. AMEN Lord, thank you for a new year. Thank you for a chance to be diﬀerent, to meet new people and learn from them. Help us to reach out to others in kindness this week and build a deeper sense of community here in Salesian College. AMEN “Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.” Maria Robinson “The best blessing a child can receive is the awareness of being loved.” Don Bosco Sunday Gospel Lk 14:7-14 Humility Make a life-giving and simple resolution about your new academic year.
Week beginning Monday 9 Sep 2013 Racial Justice Week Welcome the stranger. The Christian Gospel recognises the importance of the stranger, not as a danger but as a focus for new beginnings, growth and wisdom. Whoever welcomes the stranger in some way welcomes God’s presence. As we meet new people this term may we see God’s image in them too. Lord, may I welcome the stranger this year in new staﬀ and new students. Help me to see your goodness in all the new arrivals in this school year. May I learn something about you from every new person this year. AMEN Lord, you said that whatever we do to the least of our brothers and sisters we do to you. May we see the new members of our community and make them welcome and in doing that welcome you into our lives. AMEN Lord, help us to bless the way we change and grow in this class this year. Help us to see how we can help each other and oﬀer that help sensitively so that all of us can grow to fullness of life. AMEN “I have dedicated my whole life to young people, convinced that the future of a nation depends on their education.” Don Bosco Sunday Gospel Lk 14:25-33 Cost of Discipleship Say hello to a new person in school each day this week.
Week beginning Monday 16 Sep 2013 Home Missions, Year 7 Retreats RUAH is the Hebrew word for spirit or breath. It is a word we can use to describe how we belong to each other and work together as a community. May we try to live this year together with Respect, Understanding, Aﬀection and Humour. May the breath of that spirit be in all our friendships, in all our arguments and in all the care we have to share with others. AMEN Lord, thank you for the breath of your spirit moving in my body, in my relationships and in my world. Let the breath of your spirit guide me to live with respect, understanding, aﬀection and humour. AMEN Lord, help me to think about what I do and how it might aﬀect other people. When I make mistakes help me to admit them and stay cheerful and keep a sense of humour even under pressure. AMEN Lord, our community is full of people who are diﬀerent from me. Help me to respect those diﬀerences even when they make me uncomfortable. May I be warm and friendly to all those I meet. “Be happy, do good and leave them room to play.” Don Bosco Sunday Gospel Lk 15:1-32 Prodigal Son Praise a member of your class in conversation this week
Week beginning Monday 23 Sep 2013 Thanksgiving for the Harvest Our College is part of a network of care and community in our area. We have links with other schools, primary and secondary. We belong to parishes and other worshipping communities. We give support to local charities. Our goodness, generosity, forgiveness, welcome and enthusiasm can help to transform our wider community. This week we will think about how we belong to our local community. Lord, we pray for the schools, parishes, and charities with whom we are linked through sport, worship and shared activities. May our example build an understanding that we belong to one family of people. AMEN Lord, the world holds a fragile network of life that needs care. May our way of living heal and not harm your life in the local community. AMEN Lord, we pray for those who work to provide us with food. May their eﬀorts be rewarded with a plentiful harvest. AMEN “God wants us to be happy.” Don Bosco Sunday Gospel Lk 16:1-13 Astute Steward Look out for people who are diﬀerent from you and admire their gifts from a distance
Week beginning Monday 30 Sep 2013 Open Afternoon, Sponsored Run, Tregoyd House Belonging to a National Salesian network. There are ﬁve other Salesian secondary schools in Britain and thousands around the world educating millions of young people in the spirit of Don Bosco. This network of young people is something we should be aware of and proud of. We belong to an international movement that is transforming young lives across the world. Thank you for building a bridge of friendship with Zambia, Spain and the United States . May our Salesian links be a blessing on us all this year. AMEN Lord, we pray for Salesian students in Battersea, Chertsey, Bootle, Croxteth and Bolton. May they be blessed with a happy and safe year. May our Student Voice project be blessed with friendship and understanding this year. AMEN Lord, Don Bosco created a family of young people that has spread all over the world. Help us to realise that we share so much with young people in Salesian work around the world. AMEN “Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: What! You too? I thought I was the only one.” C S Lewis “Do what you can, and let God do the rest.” Don Bosco Sunday Gospel Lk 16:19-31 The Rich Man and Lazarus Pick up a piece of litter that you didn’t drop and put it in a bin. Keep our place clean.
Week beginning Monday 7 Oct 2013 Year 8 Retreats Keeping my act together can sometimes be diﬃcult when I start to get tired. This week we will focus on the need to build resilience and determination by thinking positively about ourselves, encouraging one another and being realistic and organised about what we need to do. Resilience is the ability to bounce back after problems and persevere in a steady pattern. It is a life skill for staﬀ and students alike. Lord, you made me the way I am and asked me to keep growing with your help into the best person I can be. Stay with me when I am sad and remind me of your goodness. AMEN Lord, help us to contain anger with ourselves when things go wrong. May we take time to think things through, ask advice from a friend and remember the goodness you have hidden inside us. AMEN Lord, give us courage and wisdom to think positively and not let gloom and doom ﬁll our minds. May the optimism of the Gospel give us energy to keep going keep doing our best and leaving the rest to you. AMEN “God is our loving Father; let’s put our trust in him.” Don Bosco Sunday Gospel Lk 17:5-10 Faith: the mustard seed Think of three things you are good at and smile!
Week beginning Monday 14 Oct 2013 Year 7 at Alice Holt, Sixth Form Revue I want it and I want it now has become the mantra of our culture. We are impatient with waiting and emptiness, suspicious of stillness and uncomfortable with silence. Yet, when we are driven into the desert of our own emptiness, we ﬁnd God who is always searching for us. In that silence we ﬁnd that the depth of our emptiness is simply the echo of a love that never ends. Lord, I oﬀer you this day and all that it will bring. Anchor my day deeply in your presence. Steady my heart and mind, when emotions within and challenges without threaten my peace of mind. Take this day and let your will be done. AMEN Lord, you know every thought in every mind. No joy or tear goes unnoticed by your loving care. Watch over us at the start of a new day, remind us of the power we have to love, and the poverty of our spirit. Open us today, the hidden treasures of your kingdom. AMEN Don’t let anyone put you down just because you are young. Witness to the Gospel with your life: by word and action, by love, by faith and by integrity “I want no long-faced saints.” Don Bosco Sunday Gospel Lk 17:11-19 The Ten Lepers Live simply so that others might simply live.
Week beginning Monday 21 Oct 2013 Prayer for Foreign Missions, end of ﬁrst half term Keeping our act together as a form group. Taking care of the form group means supporting each other when times are tough, talking positively to each other with forgiveness and encouragement. Above all it means celebrating the small successes that are scattered through every day with a word of praise, a pat on the back or a full blown party. Lord, as a class we are very diﬀerent people. Help us to learn from our diﬀerences in the way we work, talk, socialise and argue. May we encourage each other in doing good and not be jealous of others’ gifts. AMEN Lord, my tutor group is the team with whom I meet life in college. May I learn as much from them as from the staﬀ who teach us. Make this class a school of friendship a home to belong and a safe place to try out new ways to be myself. AMEN Lord, thank you for my family, the people who surround me every day. May I not take them for granted but give them strength through honest praise and appreciation. As I grow older this year help me to be more grateful for their presence and more forgiving of their faults. AMEN “The love of God knows no limits and excludes nobody, no matter what they do or what they believe.” Don Bosco Sunday Gospel Lk 18:1-8 Parable of the Widow: persistent prayer Take time to think of someone else for 30 seconds today. 12
Week beginning Monday 4 Nov 2013 Month of the Holy Souls, new half term Resolving Global war and conﬂict is the theme of this week as we build up to Remembrance Day on Sunday. The poppy and TV programmes will remind us of the pity of war and the courage that it brings out of ordinary people. This week we will focus on injustice as the root of all war whether it is on battleﬁelds, bar room brawls or family arguments. Father of creation, help us to treat each other justly and be fair and honest in our dealings. May the roots of conﬂict never ﬁnd a home in our hearts. May honesty and compromise uproot all injustice from our family and school. AMEN Lord, we pray for those involved in conﬂicts around the world. May the courage of our soldiers help to build a peace that puts an end to terrorism and allows people to ﬁnd a new way of living together. AMEN Lord, thank you for the men and women who have risked their lives in war for our country. Bless and reward them for their courage and sacriﬁce. Help us to build on the freedom they have won. AMEN “Take heart, be brave! We have no reason to be downhearted, God is with us.” Don Bosco Sunday Gospel Lk 19:1-10 Zacchaeus Pray for those who treat you unjustly – overcome them with loving kindness.
Week beginning Monday 11 Nov 2013 Mass of Remembrance Resolving conﬂict in our own country demands a lot of patience and understanding between many diﬀerent groups that make up our town and our nation. We need to understand the diﬀerent cultures, Asian, African, American and European that bring diﬀerent strengths and stories into our community. Listening patiently helps overcome the stereotyping and labelling that starts conﬂict. Lord of life, you bring the stories of many people together into a bigger story of life. Help us to see the common ground in the stories of Muslim, Hindu and Christian communities in the UK. Let religion build a bridge between us. AMEN Lord, thank you for your presence in every culture and individual story in our local community. May we listen with respect to the experience of Africa, Asia and Europe. AMEN “No one really knows why they are alive until they know what they'd die for.” Martin Luther King “Keep your feet on the ground, keep your heart in heaven.” Don Bosco Sunday Gospel Lk 20:27-38 Resurrection: Woman with Seven Husbands Hold a door open for someone.
Week beginning Monday 18 Nov 2013 Prayer for Prisoners Resolving conﬂict in school. Peer conﬂict resolution strategies – empathy, honesty and courage – are sometimes in short supply in the hectic days of school life. We all need to resolve the tensions of working closely together or pass those tensions on to others. This week we are challenged to ﬁnd ways to express and earth our tensions through careful listening and friendly support. Lord, there are some people in our community who have the gift of listening and helping others make peace. Thank you for these peacemakers in our school. May we use their gifts when we are angry and trust their advice. AMEN Lord, there is no growth without some change and tension. Help us to see conﬂict as a way of growing in wisdom and understanding. Help us to forgive those who annoy us and forgive ourselves when we get stressed. AMEN Lord, when people can’t speak out they act out their anger. Help us to give people time to speak and listen with the head and the heart to what they say. AMEN “When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.” Ernest Hemingway “Our way is founded entirely on reason, religion and loving kindness.” Don Bosco Sunday Gospel Lk 21:5-19 Courage in persecution Thank someone who has pointed out a mistake you have made. 15
Week beginning Monday 25 Nov 2013 Prayer for Youth, End of Year of Faith Last Sunday was the Feast of Christ the King, a special day of prayer for youth. It also marks the end of the 'Year of Faith'. World Youth Day in Brazil was a powerful demonstration that young people can have great faith. Their witness encourages us, and Christians of all ages throughout the world. Lord, it is not always easy to accept our faith and to share it with others. Build up our faith so that it will be a ﬁrm foundation for our lives and a rock of security when we are faced with diﬃculties. AMEN Lord, we thank you for the support we receive from our families, our school and our friends. We pray for young people who do not have these advantages. AMEN Lord, you taught John Bosco how to be a young apostle among his friends by using and developing his natural talents. Show us how to use our gifts in the service of others. AMEN “Youth is happy because it has the capacity to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.” Kafk “Here in your midst I feel completely at home.” Don Bosco Sunday Gospel Lk 23:35-43 Jesus, remember me when you come into your Kingdom Be conscious of saying a word of thanks to those who help you this week. 16
Week beginning Monday 2 Dec 2013 Start of Advent, Prayer for Migrants This week we turn towards Christmas and start our preparation. The church calls this waiting time Advent, a time of stillness and allowing God to bring new things to life inside us. It is a time of reﬂection that is symbolised by Mary waiting for the birth of Christ and allowing God to work within. Lord, as the year grows older may I grow wiser by thinking about what has happened and noticing where you are calling me to celebrate. May I ﬁnd a deep joy inside knowing that you are with me today and always. AMEN Lord, there is so much rush in our lives and not enough time to reﬂect. Before the Christmas rush comes upon us help us to make room for your peaceful presence in our lives. AMEN Lord, we begin Advent and invite you to work in our lives and begin to make sense of this term and all that has happened. Help us to see your plan unfolding in our lives. AMEN “With your help I shall make you happier both in this life and the next.” Don Bosco Sunday Gospel Mt 24:37-44 Stay awake and be ready Notice when you have to wait today and use the time to count your blessings.
Week beginning Monday 9 Dec 2013 Last week of term, Christmas is coming! Why are we waiting? If we really want to celebrate we ﬁrst need to meditate otherwise the celebration is just an escape from reality that will turn sour and leave us depressed. The best celebrations are built upon the hardwon lessons of life that lead to deeper friendships and wisdom. It takes time to prepare to party. Lord, the party season is beginning. Keep us all safe from the excess that harms people and hurts relationships. Help us to be in control of what happens and protect our friends from extreme behaviour this Christmas. AMEN Lord, I am surrounded by people who want to party too soon. They want to escape the challenge of these last few weeks of the year. May I ﬁnd time to really see what needs to be celebrated and not run away from the truths of this term. AMEN Lord, thank you for the events of this term at school, at home and among friends. In all those events, good and bad, may I see your plan at work. May I trust you to turn troubles into maturity and be ready to celebrate all I have learnt this term. AMEN “Give me souls, take away the rest.” Don Bosco Sunday Gospel Mt 3:1-12 Prepare the way of the Lord Send a Christmas card to someone you don’t know that well.
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 19
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 20