Richard Challoner School

Morning Prayers

Autumn 2023 – Week 4 - 25th to 29th September 

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Dates of Interest this week

  • 1st Sept to 4th Oct – Season of Creation (info)
  • 1st Sept to 30th Sept – Childhood Cancer Awareness Month (info)
  • 25th Sept to 29th Sept – Cycle to School Week (info)
  • 24th September – 25th Sunday of Ordinary Time
  • 24th September – Harvest Sunday
  • 26th September – St Cosmos & St Damian
  • 26th September – International Day for the total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons (info)
  • 26th September – European Day of Languages (info)
  • 27th September – St Vincent de Paul
  • 27th September – World Tourism Day (info)
  • 28th September – World Maritime Day (info)
  • 29th September – Sts Michael, Gabriel, & Raphael – Archangels
  • 29th September – International Day of Aware of Food Loss and Waste (info)
  • 29th September – National Teaching Assistants Day (info)
  • 30th September – St Jerome
  • 30th September – International Translation Day (info)
  • 1st October – 26th Sunday of Ordinary Time

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 – Bishop Richard Challoner

Question for Day 1:

What three things can we be thankful for in our lives?


Bible Quote 1:

Be thankful in all circumstances. This is what God wants from you in your life in union with Christ Jesus’ 1 Thessalonians 5:18


Prayer for Day 1:

Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.

Worship the Lord, gladness; stand before him with joyful songs.

Know that the Lord is God.

It is he who made us, and we are his; We are his people, the sheep of his pasture.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise;

Give thanks to him and praise his name.

For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;

His faithfulness continues through all generations.

(Adapted from Psalm 100)


Question for Day 2:

How easy is it for us to thank God in difficult times?


Bible Quote 2:

‘Don't worry about anything, but in all your prayers ask God for what you need always asking him with a thankful heart’ Philippians 4:6


Prayer for Day 2:


Thank you for the great life that you lived,

For teaching, your power and your forgiveness.

Most of all, thank you for dying for me,

For taking my punishment so that I could be forgiven.

Please forgive me for my sins. Give me a clean slate in life.

Thank you also for rising to life.

I realise that you are the true king and leader.

So, please lead my life from this point on.

Teach me how to be loyal to you for as long as I live.

Amen  (John Dickson)


Question for Day 3:

In what ways can we show our thankfulness to people who show us God’s love through their actions and words?


Bible Quote for Day 3:

‘Give thanks to the Lord, proclaim his greatness, tell the nations what he has done’ Psalm 105;`


Prayer for Day 3:

O Lord, my God,

I cried in my trouble and you heard me;

I put my trust in you and have not been confounded.

You have turned my heaviness into joy and guided me with gladness.

Therefore I praise you with all my heart and give thanks to your holy name forever.

Hear me and accept me, for the sake of Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Amen  (Laurence R. Tuttiett)


Question for Day 4:

How can we show gratitude to God at the start of each day?


Bible Quote 4:

‘Keep your roots deep in him, build your lives on him, and become stronger in your faith, as you were taught. And be field with thanksgiving’ Colossians 2:7


Prayer for Day 4:

We thank you Lord for all the good things that are in our world and in our lives through your love. Save us from being ungrateful. Save us from magnifying our sorrows and forgetting our blessings.

Amen  (A. Herbert Gray)


Question for Day 5;

What changes can we make to create a thankful attitude?


Bible Quote 5:

‘Don't worry about anything, but in all your prayers ask God for what you need. always asking him with a thankful heart’ Philippians 4:6


Prayer for Day 5

Lord, thank you!

I just felt that I had to say it. So many times I have come to you

shouting, screaming and yelling. telling you that you are wrong. Arguing with you!

Only bothered about myself and how I am feeling.

Well this time I just wanted to say “thanks”.

I have so much to say thank you for:

Family, Friends, Music, Life, Love, Food,

Happiness, Adventure, Excitement,

Sport, Clothes …

Lord I could just keep on going!

But there is just one more thing to add.

Thank you Lord, for loving me.

Amen  (David Gatward)

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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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