Prayer and Worship

Posted: 6th October 2016

Lower IVA’s preparation

Every week, one of the Forms takes it in turns to prepare the weekly Mass at St Augustine’s Priory. On Wednesday 5th October, Fr Thomas came to St Augustine’s Priory to celebrate Mass for us and it was the turn of Lower IVA to prepare the Mass which was attended by Form III to Upper IV.

In this our first Mass of October, the month of the Holy Rosary, the gospel reading of the day was especially relevant for those preparing the Mass and was taken from the Gospel of St Luke,

‘Once Jesus was in a certain place praying, and when he had finished, one of his disciples said, ‘Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.’ He said to them, ‘Say this when you pray:

“Father, may your name be held holy,

your kingdom come;

give us each day our daily bread,

and forgive us our sins,

for we ourselves forgive each one who is in debt to us.

And do not put us to the test.”’


Lower IVA’s Bidding Prayers, or Prayers of the Faithful, reflected not only the thought and care they had put into the preparations for this Mass, but identified the issues they wished to give thanks for and also to lay before God.

‘We pray for the Church and the world,

Let us thank God for His love.

We acknowledge that we are the children of God’s family in whichever Church we rejoice.

Jesus is alive and lives in us,

We pray that helping others helps us.

The global Church family is something we can all embrace

and we pray for everyone within the Churches around the world.’

‘We pray for our community.

May it grow and keep us together as one.

We pray for the school.

May it welcome new ones into our community.

We welcome all the new teachers, staff and pupils into our school.

May they enjoy it here.’


‘We pray that the English football team find a new and inspirational manager.

We hope that the people in Syria and refugee camps around the world

can get the food, water and medication that they need.

We pray that we start to come to our senses

and think of ways we can decrease the amount of global warming in the world.’


‘We pray for our school community.

May we learn to set the right examples throughout the younger years of the school.

We also pray that we continue looking after our eco-school.’


‘We pray for all the unfortunate people who have cancer

and that Macmillan Cancer Support helps them.

We pray for everyone who has a sick relative or someone they know who is suffering.’


‘We pray for those who are in hospital and we wish them a quick recovery.

We also pray for our family members and relatives who have sadly passed away

and hope that they are safe in heaven.

We ask our Mother Mary to intercede with us as we say:


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!

V. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.

R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.



Thank you to all Lower IVA who had prepared the Mass on Wednesday with such attention to detail and purpose.

Categories: Faith Life Senior Whole School