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St Francis Braintree

prayer and liturgy

At St Francis, we focus on the events of the liturgical year and this forms the basis of collective worship both in class and during whole school worship.  Children play an active role in prayer and liturgy as they work towards planning and leading their own worship in the classroom.

Daily Prayer Life

Each classroom has a dedicated prayer table, with coloured cloth that follows the liturgical year and different objects to act as a focus for classroom prayer.  Daily prayers are integral to the school day and are said three times a day in class.  Children attend whole school assemblies, hymn practices and whole school worship sessions each week.





Mass is celebrated in school, once a month, by Father David and involves children from all year groups leading different aspects of the liturgy.  The children participate actively by delivering readings and reflections, contributing bidding prayers, singing, playing music and serving.  School Mass is very much a highlight for children, staff, parents and the parishioners who attend.

Opportunities for Prayer

Our Peace Garden is used by our children both for special occasions, such as Remembrance Day or our annual May Procession, and by classes or individuals for prayer and reflection. There are additional opportunities for prayer with our lunchtime Three Rs Group.

Links with home

Our Young Franciscans group lead our Bible Bag initiative which encourages children to pray at home with their family.  Children take turns to take home the Bible Bag and choose a story from the Bible to read and reflect upon. Visit our Young Franciscans page to read their guide to using the Bible Bags.



School Mass Dates 

All of our School Masses begin at 9.30am and you are always welcome to join us on these days.

Term Date Theme
Autumn 7th September 2022 New Beginnings
Autumn 5th October 2022 St Francis Feast Day/Harvest
Autumn 1st November 2022 All Saints Day
Autumn 20th December 2022 Christmas
Spring 6th January 2023 Epiphany
Spring 22nd February 2023 Ash Wednesday
Spring 29th March 2023 Easter
Summer 26th April 2023 Eastertide
Summer 18th May 2023 Ascension Day
Summer 29th June 2023 St Peter and St Paul
Summer 20th July 2023 End of Term

Prayer of St Francis


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 discord, unity.

Where there is doubt, faith.

Where there is error, truth.

Where there is despair, hope.

Where there is sadness, joy.

Where there is darkness, light.

 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.

It is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

Daily Prayers




Further Information

Collective Worship Policy

st francis collective worship policy dec 2022.pdf