Richard Challoner School

Morning Prayers

Summer 2024 - Week 12 - 8th to 12th July

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Dates of Interest this week

  • 7th July – 14th Sunday of Ordinary Time (info)
  • 11th July – World Population Day (info)
  • 11th July – St Benedict – Patron of Europe (info)
  • 13th July – St Henry (info)
  • 14th July – 15th Sunday of Ordinary Time (info)
  • 14th July – Sea Sunday – (info) Day of prayer for those who work at sea

Dates of Interest in the Summer Holidays

  • 16th July – Our Lady of Mount Carmel (info)
  • 18th July – Nelson Mandela Day (info)
  • 23rd July – St Bridget of Sweden – Patroness of Europe (info)
  • 25th July – St James (info)
  • 26th July – St Joachim and St Anne (info)
  • 28th July – Day of Prayer for Grandparents and the Elderly (info)
  • 30th July – International Day of Friendship (info)
  • 30th July – International Day against Human Trafficking (info)
  • 1st to 7th August – World Breastfeeding Week (info)
  • 6th August – The Transfiguration of Jesus (info)
  • 9th August – International Day of World’s Indigenous People (info)
  • 14th August – The Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary (info)
  • 21st August – International Day of Remembrance & Tribute to Victims of Terrorism (info)
  • 23rd August – International Day for Remembrance of the Slave Trade & its Abolition (info)
  • 1st September – World Day of Prayer for Creation (info)

Morning Prayers:

An act of worship should be made every morning.  This should include:

  1. a pause for reflection on the question for the day
  2. joint reading of the quote from the Bible
  3. an individual (a student or teacher) reading a prayer for the day

The prayers/reflections can be taken from this resource or from:

Theme for the week – End of the Academic Year

Question for Day 1:

What relationships from this year have become more or less important to me?


Bible Quote for Day 1:

“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labour: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.

Ecclesiastes 4: 9-10



Prayer for Day 1:

Loving father,

as we come to the end of another school year, we turn to you in confidence and place any difficult relationships into the healing hands of Jesus, your son.

Enable us to leave behind any pain of the past and any regrets or bitterness, entrusting the past to your mercy, the present to your love and the future to your wisdom.

Help to appreciate more the need to keep a good balance in our lives.

May the holiday be for us a time of rest and recreation to help restore us and recreate us in your image and likeness, as we enjoy more of the love and presence of our families, on whom we ask your blessing.


(Nicholas Hutchinson)



Question for Day 2:

What things from this year do I have to be thankful for?


Bible Quote for Day 2:

“You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.”

2 Corinthians 9:11 


Prayer for Day 2:

God our father,

We give thanks for all those who have enriched our lives over the past year: at home, at school, in church and in our local communities.

We give thanks father for the gifts, talents and skills that you have given to each on of us.

In giving thanks for what has been on the past,

we ask your blessing on our present and on our future.

We pray for wisdom in setting priorities and in making our choices that we may live fully and make our part of the world a better place because of the care and compassion that we will bring to it. 


(Nicholas Hutchinson)  


Question for Day 3:

What prayers do I have for the summer holidays?


Bible Quote for Day 3:

“Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.”

Mark 6: 31


Prayer for Day 3:

God our father,

we ask for your blessing on us as we look forward to our summer holiday. May we use the holiday to relax after a busy term.  Let us enjoy the time that we will be spending with our families and friends outside school. Keep us and those we care about safe from harm, so that we may return rested and refreshed for the new school year in September.


(Angela Ashwin)


Question for Day 4:

Who, in my life, needs care, support or prayers in this summer holiday?


Bible Quote for Day 4:

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Philippians 4: 6-73


Prayer for Day 4:

O God,

protect those whom we love when they are separated from us.

Guide them when they are uncertain,

comfort them when the are lonely or afraid,

and bless them with the warmth of your presence.

Thank you that neither space nor time

can cut us off from the love we have for each other and for you.

(Angela Ashwin)


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Bishop Richard Challoner

During his lifetime and after his death, he was considered not only as a model of every virtue but as a saint. We are asked to pray that our Blessed Lord, through the Pope, may reward him further, by raising him to the altars of the Church as a Saint.

Prayer for the Beatification of Bishop Richard Challoner

O God who made your servant Richard,

a true and faithful pastor of your little flock in England,

raise him, we beseech you, to the altars of thy Church,

that we, who have been taught by his word and example

may invoke his name in heaven,

for the return of our country to belief in the Gospel,

and to the unity of all Christians in the one Church of Jesus Christ.

We ask this through the same Christ our Lord.


Bishop Richard Challoner

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