Catholic life is the foundation on which a pupil’s education at St Ambrose Barlow Catholic School is built. Collective worship is an essential part of this approach.
Child-led prayer, staff led prayer, independent and silent prayer, and traditional prayers all have their part to play in our varied approach to Collective worship. Below you will find prayers that will children learn in each year group. In addition to this, children will recall the prayers learnt in previous years, too.
Our Daily Prayers
O my God, I give to you,
All that I think, or say, or do.
All my work and all my happy play,
I will give to God today.
Grace Before Meals
Bless us, O God, as we sit together.
Bless the food we eat today.
Bless the hands that made the food.
Bless us, O God.
Grace After Meals
Thank you, God, for the food we have eaten.
Thank you, God, for all our friends.
Thank you, God, for everything,
Thank you God.
Prayer at the End of the Day
God our Father, I come to say
thank you for your love today.
Thank you for my family
and all the friends you give to me.
Guard me in the dark of night
and in the morning send your light.
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 against us.
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.
Prayer to the Guardian Angel
Angel of God, my guardian dear,
to whom God’s love commits me here,
ever this day be at my side,
to light and guard, to rule and guide.
Act of Faith, Hope and Love
Jesus, I believe in you.
Jesus, I hope in you.
Jesus, I love you.
and the Joyful Mysteries
Act of Hope
My God, I hope in you,
for grace and for glory,
because of your promises,
your mercy and power.
Act of Faith
My God, I believe in you
and all your Church teaches,
because you have said it
and your word is true.
Eternal rest give unto them, O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon them.
May they rest in peace.
Prayer of St Francis
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.
O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
and the Luminous Mysteries
Act of Sorrow
O my God, I thank you for loving me.
I am sorry for all my sins:
for not loving others
and not loving you.
Help me to live like Jesus
and not sin again.
Act of Love
O my God, I love you with my whole heart
and above all things
because you are infinitely good and perfect,
and I love my neighbour as myself
for love of you.
Grant that I may love you more and more in this life,
and in the next for all eternity.
The Angel of the Lord declared to Mary: and she conceived of the Holy Spirit.
Hail Mary… Holy Mary…
Behold the handmaid of the Lord: be it done to me according to your word.
Hail Mary… Holy Mary…
And the Word was made flesh: and dwelt among us
Hail Mary… Holy Mary…
Pray for us, O holy Mother of God that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Let us pray:
Pour forth, we beseech you, O Lord,
your grace into our hearts,
that we to whom the incarnation of Christ, your Son,
was made known by the message of an angel,
may be brought by his passion and cross
to the glory of his resurrection,
through Christ our Lord.
and the Sorrowful Mysteries
Angel sent by God to guide me,
be my light and walk beside me;
be my guardian and protect me;
on the paths of life direct me.
Prayer of St Richard of Chichester
Day by day,
O dear Lord,
three things I pray:
to see you more clearly,
love you more dearly,
follow you more nearly,
day by day,
by day, by day.
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary,
that never was it known
that anyone who fled to your protection,
implored your help or sought your intercession,
was left unaided.
Inspired with this confidence, I fly unto you,
O Virgin of virgins, my Mother.
To you I come, before you I stand,
sinful and sorrowful;
O Mother of the Word Incarnate,
despise not my petitions, but in your mercy
hear and answer me.
and the Glorious Mysteries
Queen of Heaven, rejoice. Alleluia!
For he whom you were made worthy to bear. Alleluia!
Has risen as he said. Alleluia!
Pray for us to our God. Alleluia!
Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary. Alleluia!
For the Lord has risen indeed. Alleluia!
Let us pray;
God, who through the resurrection of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ,
has made glad the whole world, grant us, we pray,
that through the intercession of the Virgin Mary, his mother,
we may attain the joys of everlasting life.
Through the same Christ our Lord.
Diocesan Prayer for Vocations
Lord Jesus, send labourers into your harvest.
Inspire, in the hearts of your people,
vocations to the priesthood and religious life.
Bless our families with a spirit of generosity.
May those whom you call to the priesthood and religious life
have the courage to give themselves to your Church
as co-operators in your work.
St. John Vianney: Pray for us.
My soul glorifies the Lord,
My spirit rejoices in God, my Saviour.
He looks on his servant in her loneliness;
henceforth all ages will call me blessed.
The Almighty works marvels for me.
Holy his name!
His mercy is from age to age,
on those who fear him.
He puts forth his arm in strength
and scatters the proud-hearted.
He casts the mighty from their thrones
and raises the lowly.
He fills the starving with good things,
sends the rich away empty.
He protects Israel, his servant,
remembering his mercy,
the mercy promised to our fathers,
to Abraham and his sons for ever.
and the Rosary and the Stations of the Cross
Hail Holy Queen
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.
Prayer to the Holy Spirit
O Come, Holy Spirit,
fill the hearts of your faithful,
and kindle in them the fire of your love.
Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created.
And you shall renew the face of the earth.
O God, who has taught the hearts of the faithful
by the light of the Holy Spirit,
grant that by the gift of that same Spirit
we may be always truly wise
and ever rejoice in his consolation.