Prayer is an important part of our daily life at St Edmund’s. Students pray well and that is because from the time they come to the school, prayer is shared with them from the beginning. Our Tutor Prayer time is essential.
St Edmund's School Prayer
Heavenly Father, as we gather in prayer, we ask for the guidance and inspiration of our school patron, St Edmund, who led a life based on Gospel values and the belief in the power of God. We pray that like Edmund, each of us will personally come to believe that,
“I can do all things with the help of God who strengthens me”(Philippians 4:13)
And that together, our school community may grow ever closer to you and to one another. May our school be a place that reaches out to the wider community and is mindful of the environment around us. We pray in the name of the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit.
Prayer for our School
Bless all schools, colleges and universities,
especially St Edmund's school.
May they be lively centres for sound learning,
new discovery, spiritual growth and the pursuit of wisdom.
Grant that those who teach and those who learn may find you to be the source of all truth;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Prayer as we begin this day
I start this day in trust in you, Lord.
It may be ordinary, a day of work or study, of joys and difficulties.
I give it to you.
I offer you the hours of this day, that now or later they may be in your service.
I pray for those I meet, may I bring in some small way a dawning of joy and peace in their lives.
Thank you Lord, for this day; may I always be thankful for what is good.
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, 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
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
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.
Jesus, we offer you all our prayers, thoughts and actions as we begin this day. Be with us in all that we do and say so that at the close of this day, we may have grown ever closer to you, and more mindful of the people and environment around us.
The Angelus is a short devotion in honour of the incarnation – when God became human. It reminds us of the story of the Angel appearing to Mary and how Mary said yes to God’s will and later gave birth to Jesus. It consists of the Hail Mary, repeated 3 times, with three short verses, a concluding verse and a prayer. The name Angelus comes from the first word of the devotion in Latin, ie. Angelus Domini nuntiavit Mariae (The angel of the Lord declared unto Mary). It is traditionally prayed in the morning, at midday, and in the evening.
Leader: The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary
Response: And she conceived of the Holy Spirit.
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.
Leader: Behold the handmaid of the Lord
Response: Be it done unto me according to Thy word.
Leader: And the Word was made Flesh
Response: And dwelt among us.
Leader: Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God
Response: That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Pour forth, we beseech Thee, O Lord, Thy grace into our hearts;
that we, to whom the incarnation of Christ, Thy Son, was made
known by the message of an angel, may by His Passion and Cross be
brought to the glory of His Resurrection, through the same
Christ Our Lord. Amen.