Chapel

The Chapel of the Holy Trinity at Glenalmond

Chaplain

Our Chaplain Father Stephen continues to be available for any pupil or member of the community who would like to talk to him. 

There are also his Wednesday morning Chapel Services to view online and, of course, Compline every Wednesday evening at 2040 - the perfect breathing space in our busy weeks.

Lent Reflections

The Sorrowful Mysteries

24th February: 'The Agony in the Garden', Fr Stephen Graham SSC, College Chaplain

3rd March: 'The Scourging at the Pillar', Fr Kyle McNeil SSC, OG, St Mary's Church, Horden

10th March: 'The Crowning with Thorns', Fr Simon Thorn SCP, former teacher at Coll, former Dean of Chapel at Winchester College

17th March: 'The Carrying of the Cross', Mr Neil McCleery OG, Chaplain at Bedford School

24th March: 'The Crucifixion and Death of Our Lord', The Right Reverend Stephen Conway SCP, Bishop of Ely, former teacher at Coll.

 

Some Key Dates

16 February - Shrove Tuesday

17 February - Ash Wednesday

26 February - Purim

1 March - St David’s Day

14 March - Mothering Sunday

17 March - St Patrick’s Day

19 March - St Joseph’s Day

25 March - The Annunciation of the Lord

28 March - Palm Sunday

 

General Resources

Two sites for daily meditations

https://www.sacredspace.ie
A daily meditation from the Irish Jesuits. Roman Catholic but pretty universally accessible. Click on ‘Begin the Prayer’ for the day’s prayers and reading. If there isn’t much time just the prayers by themselves are really good and brief.

https://content.scriptureunion.org.uk/
‘Word Live’ from Scripture Union has a Bible passage with an exploration and response. This would require more minutes than the above. Click on Word Live on the menu bar.


An Anglican Priest’s YouTube Channel

https://www.youtube.com/user/revchris7/featured
Fr Chris is a friend of of Fr Stephen and his channel has lots of sixty second messages.

Lent lasts 40 days, not including Sundays. You may decide to give something up or take something up (or both) throughout this period. If so, be realistic with yourself and don’t give up if you slip up!

This is another approach: a collection of 40 little challenges to do throughout the pilgrimage of Lent which will enable us to grow spiritually. If you do seven a week you should have completed the challenge by the end of term.

Hopefully some of the ideas will be things you might keep up as part of your daily life.

Gratitude: think of 40 things, people or experiences in your life that you are grateful for and say thank you for them.

Intercession: look at a newspaper or online news site and pray for a particular place or person in need.

Forgiveness: think of someone who has wronged you and truly forgive them from the bottom of your heart.

Watch or listen to an online service, like those on BBC Radio

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006wzfs

 

Service: clean or polish someone else’s shoes or boots in imitation of Christ who washed his disciples’ feet.

Write a thank you card or thank you letter.

Write to someone who is being persecuted for their faith: https://www.opendoorsuk.org/act/letter/

Listen to a piece of sacred music.

Write a letter or card to a relative who is isolated or alone. If you don’t know anyone, ask a local nursing home.

Donate to a charity of your choice the money you would normally spend on a treat like takeaway  pizza one week.

Say sorry to God or to someone else for something you have done wrong and regret.

Say 7 Our Fathers (The Lord’s Prayer) and each time focus on a different word or phrase in your mind.

Reach out in a friendly way to someone on social media from outside your usual circle.

Practise silent meditation for 10-20 mins, perhaps with an online guide https://www.headspace.com/meditation/guided-meditation

Put aside for a charity shop or charity sale some possessions that you are ready to let go of.

Declutter / tidy a drawer or cupboard or box or area.

Plan and cook a meal on a tight budget and donate the money you save to a foodbank or another appropriate charity.

Do a little Bible study. Click on ‘Word Live’ on this website:

https://content.scriptureunion.org.uk/

 

Reflect on a day at its end using the Ignatian ‘examen’ method

https://www.ignatianspirituality.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Examen-Prayer-Card.pdf

Take some time to remember and be thankful for loved ones who have died and think about how you can carry on the light they shone in the world.

Pray for God to bless someone who has wronged you or whom you find difficult.

Get in touch with a friend or family member you haven’t spoken with for a while.

Go outside and be mindful in nature. Take time to note what you see, hear, smell and feel.

Note your use of plastic in a day and think about how you could reduce it.

Think of all the people who serve and look after you in life and thank God for them.

Forgive yourself. Allow yourself to believe that you are REALLY forgiven.

Pray for someone in a position of responsibility in our country or community.

Pray for those in prison and those whose lives have been wrecked by their wrong actions.

Explore a charity or cause which interests you. Think about what you might do to help.

Do something extra to serve those with whom you live: clean, cook, make a cup of tea...

Encourage one of your teachers / pupils. What do you like about what they’re doing?

Pray. If you don’t know what to say, just talk honestly to God. Say thanks and ask for help.

Spend a whole day offline and away from all screens.

Do something creative: draw, paint, write a song or a poem.

Cheer up someone’s day with a gift of picked or bought flowers.

Don’t eat any Easter eggs until Easter Day! 

Choose one of these promises and try to hold on to it throughout the day

https://www.compassionuk.org/blogs/gods-promises/

Make plans to keep Easter Day as a special feast day and celebration. It should be a bit like Christmas, especially this year!

Ask for a ‘fruit of the Spirit’ that you need more of: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.

Choose one of these activities which worked for you and repeat it.

O Lord, our heavenly Father,

almighty and everlasting God,

who hast safely brought us to the beginning of this day;

defend us in the same with thy mighty power;

and grant that this day we fall into no sin,

neither run into any kind of danger,

but that all our doings may be ordered by thy governance,

to do always that is righteous in thy sight;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

O God,

you see that we lack the strength to help ourselves: protect us both inwardly and outwardly;

that our bodies may be guarded from adversity,

and our minds may be defended from such thoughts as assault and harm the soul;

through Jesus Christ, our Lord,

who lives and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, world without end.

 

Help me to grow less.

Less concerned by my wants

Less worried by my future

Less blind to others’ suffering

So that you may grow more

More present in my life

Making me

More aware of my dignity

More filled with love for all people

God of simplicity and abundance

Give me less and more

Amen.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Ghost be with us all evermore. Amen.

Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,” says the LORD, who has compassion on you. (Isaiah 54.10)

But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. (Isaiah 40.31)

You restored me to health and let me live. Surely it was for my benefit that I suffered such anguish. In your love you kept me from the pit of destruction; you have put all my sins behind your back. (Isaiah 36.16-17)

The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners. (Isaiah 61.1)

But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. (Isaiah 53.5)

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.

(1 Corinthians 13:4)

Rejoice in the Lord always. I shall say it again: rejoice! Your kindness should be known to all. The Lord is near. Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:4-7)

I know what it is to be in need and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well-fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength. (Philippians 4:12-13)

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. (Romans 12.2)

For by grace you have been saved through faith ; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God ; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. (Ephesians 2:4-9)

How can a man come to know himself? Never by thinking, but by doing. Try to do your duty and you will know at once what you are worth.

It is a great error to take oneself for more than one is, or for less than one is worth.

Hatred is active displeasure, envy passive. We need not wonder that envy turns so soon to hatred.

There are people who make no mistakes because they never wish to do anything worth doing.

There are two things of which a man cannot be careful enough: of obstinacy if he confines himself to his own line of thought; of incompetency, if he goes beyond it.

It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live.

Reject your sense of injury and the injury itself disappears.

The soul becomes dyed with the colour of its thoughts.

That which is not good for the beehive cannot be good for the bees.

When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive - to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.