The School chapel is the prayer – filled centre of our school.
The School Chapel is a place of Faith. Faith is our personal friendship with the Lord Jesus.
The School Chapel is a place of worship. We celebrate the Sacraments – those ceremonies in the Church which show God’s love for us.
The School Chapel is a place of prayer. We pray – we talk to God – in the Chapel.
The School Chapel is a Holy Place.
As we enter the Chapel, we make the SIGN OF THE CROSS,
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
The ALTAR is the table of the Lord where the sacrifice of the Cross is made present and where the People of God is called together to take part in the celebration of Mass. The celebration of Mass always requires an altar. To demonstrate that the Sacrament of the Eucharist is a sacred action there is always an altar cloth, a corporal (a square cloth on which is placed the CHALICE, PATEN and CIBORIUM), and candles. The altar as a symbol of Christ has been blessed. On the ALTAR, you will see, an ALTAR CLOTH symbolizing both baptismal dignity and the linen cloths used to bury Jesus, and ALTAR CANDLES to give light and point towards Jesus, the light of the world.
The AMBO or LECTERN is the place where the readings from the Bible are proclaimed. In the Church, great dignity is given to the Bible which is the Word of God. This special honour requires a suitable ambo or lectern to be the focus for the People of God during Mass or other prayer services.
CHAIR FOR THE PRIEST. The Priest’s Chair signifies the great office to which he has been called. It signifies the office of presiding at Mass and directing prayer.
TABERNACLE. The Most Blessed Sacrament is reserved or kept in the TABERNACLE which is a noble, prominent, readily visible, beautifully decorated and suitable as a focus for personal prayer. The original and primary reason for the reservation of the Eucharist outside of Mass is the administration of Holy Communion to the sick and Viaticum for dying. At Mass, Christ’s presence in the Church is made present. In the Sacrament of the Eucharist, Christ is present in a manner altogether unique, God and man, whole and entire, substantially and continuously. This is known as “the real presence” not is an exclusive manner, but above all others. The presence of the Blessed Sacrament in the tabernacle is indicated by a TABERNACLE VEIL. According to traditional practice, a lamp known as the SANCTUARY LAMP should burn continuously as a sign of the honour paid to the Lord.
Before we take our place, we GENUFLECT in front of the tabernacle. To genuflect we kneel on our right knee; this is the greatest act of reverence we make to the Blessed Sacrament.
CHALICE AND PATEN. The PATEN is small plate on which is placed a large communion bread. The CHALICE is a cup which contains the wine and water: only a small drop of water is used. The Communion Breads are made from wheat flour and water and baked between two irons.