Faith

This is a worrying and uncertain time as we confront the coronavirus pandemic. 

We provide this short prayer resource to offer some comfort and support,
reminding us that God walks with us in these days.

Read, reflect and pray on the following slowly with some quiet time each day.
Perhaps you can make a focal point, or sacred space, by lighting a candle (if it’s safe to do so),
or placing a crucifix or a Bible near to your place of prayer.

Introduction

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. 

Psalm 85 (A poor person’s prayer in time of trouble)

Turn your ear, O Lord, and give answer

for I am poor and needy.

Preserve my life, for I am faithful:

save the servant who trusts in you.

You are my God, have mercy on me,

Lord for I cry to you all the day long.

Give joy to your servant, O Lord,

to you I lift up my soul.

O Lord, you are good and forgiving,

full of love to all who call.

Give heed, O Lord, to my prayer

and attend to the sound of my voice.

In the day of distress I will call

and surely you will reply.

Among the gods there is none like you, O Lord;

nor work to compare with yours.

All the nations shall come to adore you

and glorify your name, O Lord:

for you are great and do marvellous deeds,

you who alone are God.

Show me, Lord, your way

so that I may walk in your truth.

Guide my heart to fear your name.

I will praise you, Lord my God,

with all my heart and glorify your name for ever;

for your love to me has been great:

you have saved me from the depths of the grave.

The proud have risen against me;

ruthless men seek my life:

to you they pay no heed.

But you, God of mercy and compassion,

slow to anger, O Lord,

abounding in love and truth,

turn and take pity on me.

O give your strength to your servant

and save your handmaid’s son.

Show me a sign of your favour

that my foes may see to their shame

that you console me and give me your help.

Scripture reading (Philippians 4:6-7)

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

Prayers for our needs

We pray for those with the coronavirus, Lord hear our prayer. (pause for reflection)

We pray for healthcare, emergency and essential workers, Lord hear our prayer.

We pray for those in isolation and quarantine, Lord hear our prayer.

We pray for families in these days, Lord hear our prayer.

We pray for scientist, world leaders and their advisers, Lord hear our prayer.

We pray for those without work, Lord hear our prayer.

We pray for students and those who are studying, Lord hear our prayer.

We pray for those who are anxious and fearful, Lord hear our prayer.

We pray for ourselves and our needs, Lord hear our prayer.

We pray for those who have died, Lord hear our prayer.

 

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.

Amen.

Concluding prayer

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

INTRODUCTION

Glenstal Abbey School forms an integral part of the wider community associated with the Benedictine monastery at Glenstal. Staff, students and parents share in much of the life of the community. Many monks work in the school and join the boys for prayer. The school joins the monastic community for the most important event of the week, the Sunday Eucharist. With these fundamental ties the school reflects the values of the Benedictine tradition: the search for God in the company of others, guided by the Rule of St Benedict, under the care of an Abbot.

We believe that the role of the modern Catholic school in the provision of Religious Education is crucial to the development of the young people entrusted to its care. We aim to ensure that Religious Education is not simply an academic subject making up a proportion of the taught curriculum. It should also provide a theological, philosophical and moral encounter with life itself. We also believe that the spiritual atmosphere that pervades the monastery, and which is available in some measure to the students, is unique in Ireland.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

Through Religious Education, students should learn to appreciate that life has religious, spiritual and moral dimensions. The Religious Education programme develops their awareness, understanding, knowledge and appreciation of the key Christian teachings about God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit; about Jesus Christ, and about the Bible. We seek to develop students’ ability to interpret and relate the Bible to personal life and current affairs. We aim to impart knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the growth of Christianity; of its worship, prayer and religious language; and a growing awareness of the meaning of belonging to a Christian tradition.

CHAPLAINCY

Three monks – Fr Denis Hooper, Fr William Fennelly and Br Colmán Ó Clabaigh – are chaplains to the school community. Their role is to support the spiritual and religious life of the school and to provide pastoral care to students, staff and their families.

The chaplaincy office is located next to the school’s chapel – ‘Sacro Speco’ – named after the cave where Saint Benedict began his monastic life in Subiaco, Italy. This is a place of prayer and reflection where guided prayer takes place every day and Mass is celebrated weekly.

The chaplains work to encourage a harmonious school environment and look after the faith formation of students through the organising of daily assemblies, annual retreats, sacramental preparation, opportunities for social action and supporting the RE curriculum.

Fr Denis, Fr William and Br Colmán also try to offer encouragement, support and accompaniment to members of the school community and are available to talk with students, parents and staff alike.

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