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St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School

Great Hadham Road, Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire CM23 2NL

School Prayers

This is a guide to the years in which formal prayers will be introduced to the children at St Joseph's School.

The Early Years Foundation Stage (Acorn, Ash and Beech classes)

Sign of the Cross
Thank you for the world (Grace before meals)
Heart of Jesus
God our Father (End of day prayer)

Key Stage 1 (Cedar, Cherry, Elm and Fir classes)

Our Father
Hail Mary
Glory Be
Bless us O God (Grace before meals)

Key Stage 2 (Maple, Oak, Pine, Sycamore and Willow classes)

Morning Prayer
I confess
The Gloria
The Creed
The Mysteries of the Rosary
Eternal Rest

Children will also be familiar with Eucharistic prayers, prayers from sacramental rites and prayers from the liturgy of special feast days.

The Prayers

Sign of the Cross

In the Name of the Father
And of the Son
And of the Holy Spirit.



End of Day Prayer

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.



Glory Be

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.



I Confess

I confess to almighty God and to you,
my brothers and sisters,
that I have greatly sinned in my thoughts
and in my words,
in what I have done and in what I have failed to do,
[All strike their breast x3]
through my fault, through my fault,
through my most grievous fault;
therefore I ask blessed Mary ever-Virgin,
all the Angels and Saints,
and you, my brothers and sisters,
to pray for me to the Lord our God.


The Joyful Mysteries

The Annunciation of the Lord
The Visitation of the Virgin Mary to Elizabeth
The Nativity of the Lord
The Presentation of the Lord
The Finding of the Lord in the Temple


The Mysteries of Light

The Baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan
The Sign at the Wedding Feast of Cana
The Transfiguration
The Institution of the Eucharist


The Sorrowful Mysteries

The Agony in the Garden
The Scourging at the Pillar
The Crowning with Thorns
The Carrying of the Cross
The Crucifixion of the Lord


Eternal Rest

Eternal rest give unto them, O Lord ,
And let perpetual light shine upon them.
May they rest in peace.


Grace before Meals

Thank you for the world so sweet - hum, hum.
Thank you for the food we eat - yum, yum.
Thank you for the birds that sing aling aling.
Thank you God for everything.



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.



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.



The Gloria

Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace to people of good will.
We praise you,
we bless you,
we adore you,
we glorify you,
we give you thanks for your great glory.
Lord God, heavenly King,
O God, almighty Father.
Lord Jesus Christ,
Only Begotten Son,
Lord God, Lamb of God,
Son of the Father,
you take away the sins of the world,
have mercy on us;
you take away the sins of the world
receive our prayer;
you are seated at the right hand of the Father,
have mercy on us.
For you alone are the Holy One,
you alone are the Lord,
you alone are the Most High,
Jesus Christ,
With the Holy Spirit,
in the glory of God the Father.



The Glorious Mysteries

The Resurrection of the Lord
The Ascension of the Lord
The Descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost
The Assumption of the Virgin Mary into Heaven
The Coronation of Mary as Queen of Heaven

Heart of Jesus

Heart of Jesus keep us near you all through the day.
Let us love and trust and hear you all through the day
Bless each thought and action in it when we end it or begin it.
Sacred Heart bless every minute all through the day.



Hail Mary

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.



Morning Prayer (KS2)

Dear Lord
I give you my hands to do your work;
I give you my feet to go your way,
I give you my eyes to see as you see,
I give you my tongue to speak your words,
I give you my mind that you may think in me,
I give you my spirit that you may pray in me.
Above all, I give you my heart that you may love in me - love the Father and love all humankind.
I give you my whole self, Lord that you may grow in me, so that it is you who lives, works and prays in me.



The Apostles' Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
Creator of heaven and earth,
and in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died and was buried;
he descended into hell;
on the third day he rose again from the dead;
he ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty;
from there he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and life everlasting.