St. Julie's Catholic High School Chaplaincy

Thoughts from the Chaplain

Dec 5, 2014

Friday, 5th December, 2014

Hymns Old and New, cake sale and nursery rhymes!

Today is the first Friday of December so staff gathered in The Chapel for our First Friday - Hymns Old and New session.  This is when we sing an old hymn and then a new one which are linked in some way though centuries divide them!

The old hymn was 'O come, O come, Emmanuel'.  The word 'Emmanuel' means God is with us and how we need the love of God with us in our world today.  The words date from the 5th century in their earliest form but they were amended over the years and reached their current version in 1710.  The tune was written in the twelth century and it wasn't until 1851 that the words and tune were combined!  Interestingly enough for us, that was the year the Sisters of Notre Dame came to Liverpool!

The new hymn - from 1974 (so not that new, I suppose) was Word Made Flesh - the words used by John to describe the coming of Jesus two thousand years ago.  It's a beautiful hymn calling on Jesus to come again as the light of the world and the prince of peace.  We are also connected with it because it was written by a nun, Virginia Vissing, from the Sisters of St. Mary of Namur - and Namur is the town in Belgium where our very own Sisters of Notre Dame were founded!  Big thanks to Mrs Sewell who played the clarinet, Mrs Locke who lit the candle and to the other melodious staff who participated.

Y8 seemed to be having a great time in their Christmas Bingo today and there was a rather splendid Cake Sale at break in the Y7 yard.

At lunchtime, Chapel Club had a lot of fun with the Alphabet and Nursery Rhyme Game which ended in a 1-1 draw and we closed our session with a prayer for the weekend!  Lots of drop-ins at the Chaplain's Office today from Y11 - lovely to see you all!  Have a great weekend with some 'you time' built in.

During period 7, I had the chance to visit Mrs. Cobourne's Y9 RE class again which was a real privilege and I related a story about Modester - a Zimbabwean girl who taught me much about Christmas!  Ask me if you see me around.  

I hope you all have a great weekend.  You can catch the Sunday Gospel for the 2nd Sunday of Advent in the Sunday Gospel section of this website

See you on Monday - the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.