Here at Cardinal Wiseman prayer is a central part of our day, all students during their DEAR (drop everything and read) time get the opportunity to pray as a DEAR group. As we hear in John 1, ‘This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.’ 1 John 5:14. This prayer may be led by the DEAR tutor or the students, this gives the students ownership and allows them to develop their own prayer life.
There is a Prayer Schedule for each tutor group, this has been created to allow students to explore different varieties of prayer. The prayers included are the Angelus, the diocesan prayer, open prayer, assembly and Saint of the week. The Angelus is prayed in a group setting, a leader recites the verses and everyone recites both the responses and the Hail Mary’s in between each verse. The diocesan prayer is to be read aloud by a different student each week.
Open prayer allows the students to share personal prayer petitions and to pray for the wider community and the world. The assemblies gather a larger community of students together to explore new topics and gain a greater understanding of the Wiseman Virtues. Saint of the week, is a PowerPoint provided each week that explains a Saint’s story. This allows the students to look to the Saints as role models, to realise that each of us are called to be Saints and finishes with a prayer.
Each DEAR group also has two student prayer representatives to assist and ensure that prayer is said daily. Throughout the year the Liturgical calendar is also followed within school and prayer liturgies take place within DEAR time, this is usually followed by a prayer task which each student will take part in and it will then be displayed in the DEAR room. This helps the students to reflect and grow in their personal prayer life.
“I enjoy leading prayer in my DEAR class. I like the new daily prayer rota.”
Maddison (Y7 pupil)
“We encourage all in the school to learn to be the best they can be, whether this is in their academic work or being a good friend. “
Lucy Chapman ( Senior Lay Chaplain)
The following documents are available to download if you are interested in finding out more about our prayer life: