Our School Prayers

 

At The Cathedral School of St Mary, the children are taught traditional Catholic prayers in certain year groups. These prayers can be used at home to support parents in developing their children's knowledge of prayer and to continue to develop their children's understanding of what the words mean to us as Christians today.

Foundation and Key Stage 1
Prayers
 
Foundation
 

Sign Of the Cross

In the name of the Father,

and of the Son,

and of the Holy Spirit.

 

Grace Before Meals

 Bless us, O God, as we sit together.

Bless the food we eat today.

Bless the hands that made the food.

Bless us, O God.

 

Morning Prayer

O My God, you love me,

you are with me night and day.

I want to love you always

in all I do and say.

I’ll try to please you, Father,

bless me through the day.

 

End of the day prayer

God our Father, I come to say

thank you for your love today.

Thank you for my family

and all the friends you give to me.

Guard me in the dark of night

and in the morning send your light.

 

Hail Mary

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.

 

Our Father

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.

 

Year 1

 

Act of Faith, Hope and Love

Jesus, I believe in you.
Jesus, I hope in you.
Jesus, I love you.

 

Glory Be

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. 

 

Prayer to the Guardian Angel

 

Angel of God, my guardian dear,
to whom God's love commits me here,
ever this day be at my side,
to light and guard, to rule and guide.
Amen.

 

Year 2

 

Act of Faith

My God, I believe in you

and all your Church teaches,

because you have said it

and your word is true.

Amen

 

Act of Hope

My God, I hope in you,

for grace and for glory,

because of your promises,

your mercy and power.

 

Eternal Rest

Eternal rest give unto them, O Lord,

and let perpetual light shine upon them.

May they rest in peace.

 

Prayer for St.Francis of Assisi

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy. 

 

O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive, 
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned, 
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
Amen.

Key Stage 2 Prayers
 

Year 3

 

Act of Love

 O my God, I love you with my whole heart

and above all things

because you are infinitely good and perfect,

and I love my neighbour as myself

for love of you.

Grant that I may love you more and more in this life,

and in the next for all eternity.

 

Act of Sorrow

O my God, I thank you for loving me.

I am sorry for all my sins:

for not loving others

and not loving you.

Help me to live like Jesus

and not sin again.

 

The Angelus

The Angel of the Lord declared to Mary: and she conceived of the Holy Spirit.

 

Hail Mary… Holy Mary…

 

Behold the handmaid of the Lord: be it done to me according to your word.

 

Hail Mary… Holy Mary…

 

And the Word was made flesh: and dwelt among us

 

Hail Mary… Holy Mary…

 

Pray for us, O holy Mother of God that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

 

Let us pray:

Pour forth, we beseech you, O Lord,

your grace into our hearts,

that we to whom the incarnation of Christ, your Son,

was made known by the message of an angel,

may be brought by his passion and cross

to the glory of his resurrection,

through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

 

Year 4

 

Prayer to the Guardian Angel

Angel sent by God to guide me,

be my light and walk beside me;

be my guardian and protect me;

on the paths of life direct me.

 

Prayer of St.Richard of Chichester

Day by day,

O dear Lord,

three things I pray:

to see you more clearly,

love you more dearly,

follow you more nearly,

day by day,

by day, by day.

 

The Memorare

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary,

that never was it known

that anyone who fled to your protection,

implored your help or sought your intercession,

was left unaided.

 

Inspired with this confidence, I fly unto you,

O Virgin of virgins, my Mother.

To you I come, before you I stand,

sinful and sorrowful;

O Mother of the Word Incarnate,

despise not my petitions, but in your mercy

hear and answer me.

 

Year 5

 

Regina Caeli

Queen of Heaven, rejoice.  Alleluia!

For he whom you were made worthy to bear.  Alleluia!

Has risen as he said.  Alleluia!

Pray for us to our God.  Alleluia!

Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary.  Alleluia!

For the Lord has risen indeed.  Alleluia!

Let us pray;

God, who through the resurrection of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, 

has made glad the whole world, grant us, we pray,

that through the intercession of the Virgin Mary, his mother,

we may attain the joys of everlasting life. 

Through the same Christ our Lord.

 

The Magnificat

My soul glorifies the Lord,

My spirit rejoices in God, my Saviour.

He looks on his servant in her loneliness;

henceforth all ages will call me blessed.

 

The Almighty works marvels for me.

Holy his name!

His mercy is from age to age,

on those who fear him.

 

He puts forth his arm in strength

and scatters the proud-hearted.

He casts the mighty from their thrones

and raises the lowly.

 

He fills the starving with good things,

sends the rich away empty.

He protects Israel, his servant,

remembering his mercy,

the mercy promised to our fathers,

to Abraham and his sons for ever.  Amen

 

Diocesan Prayer for Vocations

Lord Jesus, send labourers into your harvest.

Inspire, in the hearts of your people,

vocations to the priesthood and religious life.

Bless our families with a spirit of generosity.

May those whom you call to the priesthood and religious life

have the courage to give themselves to your Church

as co-operators in your work.

St. John Vianney: Pray for us

 

Year 6

 

Hail Holy Queen

Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy; 
Hail, our life, our sweetness and our hope! 
To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve. 
To thee do we send up our sighs, 
mourning and weeping in this valley of tears! 
Turn, then, most gracious Advocate, 
thine eyes of mercy toward us, 
and after this, our exile, 
show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. 
O clement, O loving, 
O sweet Virgin Mary.

 

Prayer to the Holy Spirit

 O Come, Holy Spirit,

fill the hearts of your faithful,

and kindle in them the fire of your love.

Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created.

And you shall renew the face of the earth.

O God, who has taught the hearts of the faithful

by the light of the Holy Spirit,

grant that by the gift of that same Spirit

we may be always truly wise

and ever rejoice in his consolation.

 

The Stations of the Cross