Prayer at Regina Angelorum Academy
Regina Angelorum Academy is a private, independent Catholic grade school. As a school community, we are faithful to the teachings of the Catholic church. We believe that our primary responsibility is to point children towards Heaven. This is a sacred trust we have received from the parents of our students, and we make every effort to honor this commitment. Daily prayer is a part of school life at Regina Angelorum Academy and is the anchor of a student’s day.
Through daily prayer, we can help students build a lifelong habit of prayer and devotion that nurtures their relationship with God and allows them space to discern and seek God’s will for their lives. Regular prayer strengthens our faith, and by offering this opportunity to pray together each day, students develop the intentional habit of looking to God for guidance, expressing gratitude, and experiencing peace. Also, Morning Prayer at Regina Angelorum Academy offers the opportunity to pray for others and their intentions as a school community.
At Regina Angelorum Academy, we gather as a community at Morning Forum to pray together. The prayers and hymns change during the year to reflect the liturgical calendar. During Ordinary Time, our hymns and prayers are generally the same, however there are changes at times to reflect the Month of the Holy Rosary and the month of the Holy Souls. In Advent, the opening hymn changes to O Come, O Come, Emmanuel, and the Canticle of Zachariah is recited instead of Psalm 23. During Lent, we sing the Sabat Mater and read a variety of Psalms.
Morning Prayer during Forum at Regina Angelorum Academy
Opening Hymn: Ave, Regina Caelorum
Ave Regina caelorum,
Ave Domina Angelorum,
Salve radix, salve porta,
Ex qua mundo lux est orta.
Gaude, Virgo gloriosa,
Super omnes speciosa,
Vale, O valde decora!
Et pro nobis Christum exora.
Reciting Psalm 23 | On Wednesdays, the Sunday Gospel is read in place of Psalm 23.
The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want;
He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters, he restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the valley of death,
I fear no evil; for thou art with me;
thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
thou anointest my head with oil, my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life;
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
O Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary,
I offer You my prayers, works, joys and sufferings of this
day for all the intentions of Your Sacred Heart,
in union with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass
throughout the world, in reparation for my sins,
for the intentions of all my relatives and friends, and in
particular for the intentions of the Holy Father. Amen
The Pater Noster
Pater noster, qui es in caelis,
sanctificetur Nomen tuum, adveniat regnum tuum,
fiat voluntas tua sicut in caelo et in terra.
Panem nostrum contidianum da nobis hodie,
et dimitte nobis debita nostra,
sicut et nos dimittimus debitoribus nostris
et ne nos inducas in tentationem,
sed libera nos a malo. Amen
Prayer to St. Michael
St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle, be our
protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou O
Prince of the heavenly hosts, by the power of God, cast into
hell Satan and all the evil spirits who prowl throughout the
world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.
Pledge of Allegiance
Saint of the Day
Precepts of St. John Bosco
St. John Bosco, the patron saint of youth, was known for educating the poor and founding the Salesian order. He believed that education was more than schooling, but a path to holiness. As a priest, he provided young boys with an education, religious instruction, and recreation. Regina Angelorum Academy’s approach is aligned with these three areas along with the pursuit of truth through a classical education. St. John Bosco’s precepts help our teachers and students to stay rooted. While simple, the following phrases we recite daily, offer strength in their holistic approach, and grounding in reason, faith, and kindness.
“Never offend anyone. Above all, be willing to serve others. Be more demanding of yourself than of others.” – St. John Bosco’s Precept of Kindness
The Precepts of St. John Bosco
I will be cheerful.
I will do my duties well.
I will stay close to Jesus in the Holy Eucharist.
I will honor and love Mary as my Mother and Helper.
I choose to be kind.
I want to serve rather than be served.
During lunch, students pray the Angelus and Grace Before Meals. The prayer is based on the Annunciation when the Angel Gabriel visited the Virgin Mary to announce that she would conceive and bear the Son of God.
The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary.
And she conceived of the Holy Spirit.
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. Amen.
Behold the handmaid of the Lord.
Be it done unto me according to thy word.
And the Word was made flesh.
And dwelt among us.
Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.
That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Let us pray:
Pour forth, we beseech Thee, O Lord, Thy grace into our hearts; that, we to whom the Incarnation of Christ, Thy Son, was made known by the message of an angel, may by His Passion and Cross, be brought to the glory of His Resurrection. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.
Before dismissal, we pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet as a school. This prayer is based on revelations received by St. Faustina and emphasizes God’s mercy and forgiveness.
The Divine Mercy
Eternal Father, I offer You the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your dearly beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world.
For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.
(Repeat 10 times.)
Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world.
Students at Regina Angelorum Academy also nurture their prayer life at school by praying the Rosary. They also attend Mass twice monthly as a school, participate in Eucharistic Adoration, and pray the Lectio Divina. Together, students and teachers look to the Saints to imitate their life of prayer and sacrifice as a means of growing closer to Christ.