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Collective Worship

Collective worship runs through our school, like the writing in Blackpool rock.

It isn’t just something we do to mark special events, like Christmas, but is every bit as important a part of what makes us special as our uniform, our school motto and the building we are in. Therefore, throughout your time at Blessed Hugh, our chaplaincy department will accompany you on this journey.

At Blessed Hugh, we are committed to ensuring that collective worship is more and more designed delivered and evaluated by our students. We are, therefore, delighted to have trained and commissioned our first set of students with expertise in designing and delivering prayer and liturgy. The Oremus group - based on the Latin name for 'Let us Pray' - or just the start as we roll out more and more student generated events and locations. Here are the students having been commissioned by the Headmaster. Any student with an interest, just speak to Mrs Ferreira, our Chaplain.

Prayer and worship is for all the community at Blessed Hugh. A number of staff begin each school day reciting the morning office of the church. A chance to reflect, remember those in need of prayer and prepare for the day ahead.

Through Blessed Hugh’s leadership of the Koinonia Programme, we organise an annual Corpus Christi procession at the Benedictine Abbey of Douai, strengthening our Benedictine ties as a school under the patronage of Blessed Hugh, and allowing children to experience the beauty of a traditional aspect of our Catholic faith.

Blessed Hugh is committed to supporting the Bishop’s vision and being at the heart of the Diocese. The annual Schools’ Mass allows us to celebrate our unity with all other Diocesan schools, as we come together at the mother church of the Diocese, Portsmouth cathedral.

The regular recital of prayer is helped by the rich treasury of traditional prayers, as well as more recent and specific prayers.

The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come
Thy will be done
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us,
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.

The School Prayer
pour out your Spirit
upon our School
and grant us
a renewed vision of your glory
so that we may experience your power,
be faithful to your Word,
and consecrate ourselves to your service.
We pray that your love may grow among us,
and your kingdom come;
through Christ our Lord.
Blessed Hugh Faringdon, pray for us.


The Hail Mary
Hail Mary, full of grace,
the Lord is with you.
Blessed are you among women,
and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us sinners,
now and at the hour of our death.


We are united by our school prayer, as well as the rich treasury of our faith.

Annual Corpus Christi Procession – through Koinonia, the group of schools that Blessed Hugh leads, our children are introduced to traditional catholic practice. Here they are processing as part of a multi-school Corpus Christi procession at Douai Abbey, organised by Blessed Hugh.

Annual Schools’ Mass – together with our Bishop, we celebrate the annual Schools’ mass at Portsmouth cathedral. A time to celebrate the educational community across the diocese and be reminded of our role in delivering the Bishop’s vision.