Daily Prayers

Gumley House School

Daily Prayers

Throughout the period of closure, we would like all our families, governors and staff to continue with praying daily, as we would do if school was open.

The prayers below are short and reflective.  Please take time to read them slowly and bring to ind your own thoughts and petitions at this time.  

Prayers for 1st June - 5th June

Monday 1st June 2020:  Thankfulness
I love you God.
Thank you for sending salvation through Jesus, which is the name above all names.
Let every word that I speak and every thought that I think be pleasing to you.
Let my entire life be my act of worship.
I dedicate all that I am, and all that I do, to you.
Help me to live according to your ways.
Living an upright life is how I express my deepest gratitude to you.

Tuesday 2nd June 2020:  Generosity
Thank you God for yet another day. 
Help me to live in line with your Word.
Show me who I can help today.
Let this person feel your love though my actions.
Let them experience your presence.
My mind, ears, and eyes will stay open to receive your direction all the day long.
Let me pass your blessing to another person today.
Amen

 

Wednesday 3rd June 2020:  Wisdom
God help me to live in a way that pleases you.
Give me wisdom in all that I do.
Guide me in everything that I say.
Give me strength to stand against temptation.
Help me to put others before myself and to be considerate of their needs.
Let your light shine through me for others to see.
Amen

 

Thursday 4th June 2020:  Guidance
Thank you for another breath, another day of life.
Thank you for making a way for me to have life and to live life to its fullest potential!
Lead me and guide me throughout this day.
Be a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
Order my steps. Guard my heart.
Direct my mind. Guide my mouth.
And as always, let my life be pleasing to you.
Amen

 

Friday 5th June 2020: Protection
God protect me.
Guard my family. Keep us safe.
Keep us healthy.
Remove calamity from my household.
Your presence provides a place of refuge for me.
As I trust in you, I find stability from your promises.
Give me the confidence to move forward with my day knowing that you are standing guard, encircled around me.

Amen

Thankfulness

I love you God. Thank you for sending salvation through Jesus, which is the name above all names. Let every word that I speak and every thought that I think be pleasing to you. Let my entire life be my act of worship. I dedicate all that I am, and all that I do, to you. Help me to live according to your ways. Living an upright life is how I express my deepest gratitude to you.

Prayers for Mental Health Week (18th-22nd May)

Kingdom of Kindness (by Celia)

Family Prayer for Kindness (by Celia)

Prayer of kindness for Staff

Friday 15th May 2020

Dear Father in heaven, 
we look to Jesus Christ, who is at your right hand, through whom you have promised help for the whole world.
Unite us with him so that we may help all people according to your will.
May your name be kept holy among us, for your children have every reason to rejoice in the Saviour you have given them. We thank you for everything you have shown to those who believe in you.
Amen.

Action:
Have a look at the PowerPoint on the Crowning of Our Lady prepared by the Diocese of Westminster.

Thursday 14th May 2020

Wednesday 13th May 2020

Celia has been working on 'May You' statements as part of our prayers as a community.  What would you add?

May you learn again to appreciate the smile of a child.
May you learn again to play.
May you hear your inner quiet voice.
May you enjoy the sunshine on your face.
May you believe in your dreams.
May you never judge by appearances.
May you not be overwhelmed by guilt.
May all your inner mountains become molehills.
May the freedom of the children of God make your heart sing.
May you dream that impossible becomes possible.
May you never despair.
May you always trust in God and yourself.
May you never underestimate your inner strength. 
May you never fear to climb even the highest mountains in your life.
May you always remember that the sun shines even in darkness.

Tuesday 12th May 2020

I arise today, through
God’s strength to pilot me,
God’s might to uphold me,
God’s wisdom to guide me,
God’s eye to look before me,
God’s ear to hear me,
God’s word to speak for me,
God’s hand to guard me,
God’s shield to protect me,
God’s host to save me
From snares of devils,
From temptation of vices,
From everyone who shall wish me ill,
afar and near. Amen

Monday 11th May 2020

“May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord’s face shine upon you and be gracious to you, may the Lord turn his face to you and bring you peace”. (Numbers 6:23-26).

 

Friday 8th May 2020

 Today's prayer is from Winta in Year 8:

Dear Lord,
We pray for the selfless and brave actions and sacrifices of those who brought peace to Europe during WWII.
We pray for the nations that are still consumed by war,
for their people and their leaders,
for those who suffer the effects or memories of past wars,
for people who mourn,
and for all innocent victims whose lives have been lost, due to the cruelty and hatred of others.
We give thanks for the reconciliation of our former enemies,
for the allies gained, and for the many blessings we enjoy as a result of the sacrifices,
which have been made for peace.
Amen

Thursday 7th May 2020

Lord, help me to live this day, quietly, easily;
to lean on your great strength, trustfully, respectfully;
to wait for the unfolding of your will, patiently, serenely;
to meet others, peacefully, joyfully;
to face tomorrow, confidently, courageously. Amen.

(Prayer written by St. Francis of Assisi)

Wednesday 6th May 2020

Dear Lord,
help us to promote the sanctity of life.
May our words and deeds show everyone in our community that they are loved. Teach us to value every human life. When we look at a person, give us your eyes so we may see your son or daughter. Amen.

Tuesday 5th May 2020

What do you know about Our Lady?
This month of May is special in that we pay particular devotion to Mary, the Mother of God.  She is a woman of few words, but what she does say speaks volumes.  Today, let us pray the Hail Mary for all those in need of her divine intercession:

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.

Amen.

Action:
Discover a little more about Mary by exploring the devotion and apparitions in Fatima.

Monday 4th May 2020

Lord, may nothing separate me from You today.
Teach me how to choose only Your way today so each step will lead me closer to You.
Help me walk by the Word and not my feelings.
Help me to keep my heart pure and undivided.
Help me to embrace what comes my way as an opportunity... rather than a personal inconvenience.
And finally, help me to rest in the truth of Psalm 86:13, 'Great is your love toward me.' 
I recognise Your love for me is not based on my performance. You love me warts and all. That's amazing.
But what's most amazing is that the Saviour of the world would desire a few minutes with me this morning.
Lord, help me to forever remember what a gift it is to spend moments like this with you.

Amen.

Action:
May is the month of Mary.  But how much do you know about her?  Download the Story of Mary book for more information.

Friday 21st April 2020

Heavenly Father, 
You hold the whole world deep in your heart. 
Sharing our pains and burdens. 
Delighting in our joys and successes. 
We offer you our prayers – both spoken and unspoken – and ask you to hear us as we pray for others around your world. We ask this in the name of the Father, 
and the Son and the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Actions:
Light an e-candle for your own intentions.

Thursday 20th April 2020

Today's prayer is written by Celia, which remembers all those who we paid a one minute silent tribute to yesterday.

For all

For all who have lost their lives
For all who mourn, miss and grieve them.
For all whose lives have been utterly changed of late
For all who want to turn back time... but can’t!
For all who wish for better times and happier days
For all who remember what it was like to just be amongst friends
Rubbing shoulders, sharing biscuits and a brew.
For all who long to embrace of a grandparent
Without causing them harm.

For all who offer us strength via technology
For all who wish us well from afar.
For all who lift our spirits
For all who make us laugh.
For all who share a joke, however ridiculous!
For all who remember to ask us how we are doing.
For all who roll up their sleeves
For all who love through their care.
For all who go to work each day
To teach our children
To mend our broken bodies
To empty our bins
To deliver our post
To restock our shelves
To bury our loved ones.
For all who have asked for a prayer
For all.
For each, for every, for all.
Amen.

Wednesday 29th April 2020

Dear Father,
You are so wonderful and we worship you.
You are the source of a river of love and grace that transforms the world.
We offer you our young hearts, minds and bodies.
Help us to grow in the goodness of your kingdom.
May we shine out in times of darkness,
Stand safely upon the truth and not be shaken,
And see your vision for the world and follow you.

Come use our energy to care for the lost.
Come take our creativity to meet with the brokenhearted,
Come use our youthfulness to bring joy and peace,
And your hope to bring light to everyone.

Amen.

Action:
Consider writing one of these daily prayers.  What prayer would you write?  What action would you recommend other young people can do to deepen their faith a little more?  Send any of your submissions to Mr Byrne at sbyrne@gumleyhouse.com

 

Tuesday 28th April 2020

At the beginning of Mass on Friday, the Pope prayed for teachers and students during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

“We pray today for teachers who have to work so hard to provide lessons via the internet and other digital ways, and we also pray for students who have to take exams in a way they are not used to. Let us accompany them with prayer.”

 You can read more about his message here.

Today, as rare as we do this, we pray for ourselves in the midst of a changing world.

Heavenly Father,
You are indeed a Father who cares for us deeply.
You never fail to guide us and watch over us.
Thank you for your care, companionship and love - even when we lost or forgotten.
I pray now that, in all things and in all times, Your will be done.
Above all, dear Father, may Your will be done in me.

Amen

 

Action:
Can you find a quote from the Gospels which you feel is most fitting and most inspirational in the current 'lockdown' times?  make a PowerPoint slide (which you can then 'save as' a JPEG image) which features a background and the words of the image.  Send them through to me at sbyrne@gumleyhouse.com and we'll get them up on our social media ... and who knows... you may be able to help those who need it somewhere around the world.

 

Monday 27th April 2020

Prayers this week will all be based on the Gospel Reading on Sunday: The Walk to Emmaus.  One of the loveliest stories in the Gospel.  It is the one where the Risen Christ joins two of his disciples on the road to Emmaus.  He reveals himself to them in the Scriptures and in the 'breaking of bread'.  The story of Emmaus becomes our story during this time, as we reflect on to the Word of God and join Jesus at the altar-table.

Our prayers for today:

Recalling how the disciples on the road to Emmaus found comfort in God's Word and recognised Christ in the breaking of bread, we pray for the needs of the Church and the world.  With confidence we pray:  Stay with us, Lord.

For our school: that it may be a community where Jesus of Nazareth is proclaimed in Word, encountered in the Eucharist, and seen on the face of each person around us. We pray: Stay with us, Lord.

For all the sick in our community: may they find strength in Christ who had first to suffer before entering into glory. We pray: Stay with us, Lord.

For the sad and disillusioned and those who feel that they have lost their way in a meaningless world, that Christ may renew their faith and hope. We pray: Stay with us, Lord.

For peace in the world where illness and disease have become a part of daily life. We pray: Stay with us, Lord.

Actions
Imagine you were on an 'Emmaus' walk and Jesus joined you?  What would be the content of your discussions? Perhaps you can share some time with Jesus in the Eucharist by speaking heart to heart with Christ.  There are many live Adoration cams, all over the world,  available here (opens in new window).

Friday 24th April 2020

How important is your faith to you?  How does this shape the person you are?

Father,
Draw me closer to you each day.
Walk with me, now and always,
and may my heart be joined with yours for eternity.

Amen.

Thursday 23rd April 2020

Today's prayer is the Our Father, but before you pray this today, watch the following:

Being 'poor' isn't just about having little money.  Where else will you find the poor in people today.

Once you have reflected on this concept of the poor - let us pray the Our Father:

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. 

Wednesday 22nd April 2020

Jesus said, “I love you just as the Father loves me; remain in my love.” John 15:9

What does this mean to you?
How would you respond if Jesus spoke these words directly to you? 

Today... create your own prayer which answers these questions above.  Spend some time with the Lord today asking simply to get to know Him better.

Actions:
Have a look at these pictures from CAFOD.  Pick one which shows God in Action and tell us why.

 

Tuesday 21st April 2020

Lord Jesus,
You were angry and indignant when you saw people hurt by injustice.
We share your anger with those systems of injustice and hatred in the world.
Thank you that you offer us a new way of acting that overcomes injustice – a way of love.
Help each of us to live out the words and phrases we have shared,
so that – with your Holy Spirit – we might be able to transform the world around us. Amen

(Prayer from CAFOD)

Actions:
We usually take prayers from the Gumley community to Lourdes each year.  Lourdes is in France and is a special place of prayer after St. Bernadette saw Our Lady there.  The prayers are placed in the 'Grotto' (cave) where she saw Mary, the Mother of God.

Rather than write the petition - spend some time in front of the Grotto yourself. Learn a little about St. Bernadette and ask Mary to bring your prayers to her Son, Jesus.  Other webcams can be found here. 
You can also submit prayer requests here.

FCJ Prayers for 21st April

Monday 20th April 2020

Heavenly Father,
You hold the whole world deep in your heart.
Sharing our pains and burdens.
Delighting in our joys and successes.
We offer you our prayers – both spoken and unspoken – and ask you to hear us as we pray for others around your world. We ask this in the name of the Father,
and the Son and the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Actions:
Light an e-candle for your own intentions.