Acts of Worship
Whole School Masses and liturgies take place throughout the year to mark important festivals or dates in the College Calendar. The Jesuit Community are very supportive and regularly offer Masses at the College.
Community Mass: Every Wednesday afternoon we have Mass at 3.20pm and pupils and staff join together as one community offering God our work and asking for his blessing during the week.
Form Mass: Each form class has a mass specifically for them during the year. Students from each form class will read and serve at these masses and are supported by older students from the Youth Chaplaincy Team.
Family Mass: All pupils, staff, friends and families of the school are invited to attend. Following this there is a social event, for example, a shared picnic or barbecue. This helps us to get to know one another in a more relaxed setting and helps to strengthen our community spirit.
Retreat days: Each form class has a retreat day, which includes a meditation and reflections on their patron.
Welcome Service: Welcomes the new Year 7 boys and their parents, when they arrive for their first day at St Ignatius. Parents then share in a continental breakfast while the students go to their forms. This encourages them to be active members of our community.
The Academic Mass (September): Celebrates the beginning of the new academic year and asks for God‘s blessing upon the community and the year ahead.
INSET Masses: Staff come together to pray and receive spiritual encouragement.
Reconciliation Service: These services take place during Advent and Lent, providing students and staff with the opportunity to experience the Sacrament of reconciliation.
Mass of inspiration: Pupils preparing for exams share in the Eucharist asking for God to bless their efforts
Sixth Form Mass: This mass celebrates and gives thanks for the contribution made by pupils who have come to the end of their time at St Ignatius and is an opportunity to pray for God‘s blessing upon all leavers. Parents are warmly invited to attend this mass which is followed by a farewell barbecue.
Mass of St Edmund Campion and Jesuit Martyrs of England and Wales: This is celebrated on the 1st December in the British Province of the Society of Jesus. St. Edmund Campion is regarded as the patron of the British Province and his feast day is marked in Jesuit communities, parishes and schools. On 1st December we celebrate the ten saints and eighteen others made blessed by the Church, martyrs of the British Province.
End of Term Mass of St Ignatius of Loyola: Offered on the last day of term, this is an opportunity for us to thank God for all the blessings we have received throughout the year and to especially remember our patron St Ignatius and to pray for the new Academic Year.
During May and October reflections on the mysteries of the Holy Rosary take place each day in the Chapel. In Lent reflections on the Stations of the Cross take place each day. Members of the Youth Chaplaincy Team prepare and lead the reflections and prayers.
Other opportunities for prayer and worship include the in-house retreat days and the residential retreats. At the retreats the boys are given the opportunity to pray and reflect upon their lives. During Advent there is a Carol Service and during Lent there is a Tenebrae Service.
The students have the opportunity to pray and reflect every day in their form groups. Reflections are prepared to coincide with current news or historical events and significant feasts in the Liturgical Year. At 12.18 each day the boys pray together the Ignatian prayer for generosity.
On Friday afternoon there is an Examen for the students to follow, this is a prayer form developed by St. Ignatius and involves a prayerful reflection on the events of the week in order to see God’s presence in our lives.
School Prayer: The Prayer For Generosity
THE PRAYER FOR GENEROSITY
Teach me to be generous,
To serve you as you deserve;
To give and not to count the cost;
To fight and not to heed the wounds;
To toil and not to seek for rest;
To labour and not to ask for any reward,
Save that of knowing I do your will. Amen.
Qui lancea restituit
1. Te, Dominum laudamus
Qui in diebus suis,
Surrexit ut spes nostra,
Sed mors pestiferis.
2. Dum saucius iactaris
Cor tuum surripit,
Iam vides Christum ducem
Et stimulis amoris
Amplexus es crucem.
We acclaim our father, Ignatius,
Who, with a soldier’s strength,
Restored the reign of the Cross.
1. We praise you, Lord
And rejoice today
For you sent a strong defender
To your people.
In the days of his youth
He was famous in battle;
Now he is raised up to be our hope
To destroy all that brings us harm.
2. As Ignatius lay wounded,
Enticed by dreams of glory,
A vision of strange and wonderful
Power seized his heart;
He saw Christ as his leader,
In a new pattern of service.
And spurred on by love
He took up Christ’s cross.