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Prayer and Liturgy

School Prayer

Thanks be to you, my Lord Jesus Christ,

for all the benefits and blessings which you have given to me,

for all the pains and insults which you have borne for me.

O most merciful Friend, Brother and Redeemer,

may I know you more clearly,

love you more dearly,

and follow you more nearly.


The school chapel opened on 19 January 1915 and remains at the heart of life at the Vaughan. Pupils and staff use the chapel for private as well as group worship, where our pupils can come together to pray and reflect. The Chapel was decorated by Old Vaughanian Thomas Seadon, with life size paintings of Blessed Thomas More and Blessed John Fisher (later canonised) who were patrons of the School.

Pupils in the First to Fifth Forms, attend Mass on Wednesdays and Fridays in rotation. Mass is celebrated  on Wednesdays by visiting diocesan priests and on Fridays, by our School Chaplain, Monsignor Reader. There is a weekly Mass for Sixth Form pupils in rotation, celebrated by Monsignor Reader. 

Opportunities for prayer are offered in accordance with the liturgical calendar. Pupils at the Vaughan also attend Mass at Westminster Cathedral, built by Cardinal Vaughan himself, on our Foundation Day in September, and in June on the Feast Day of Saint John Southworth. 

Liturgical Calendar 

Advent 2023

Every day of Advent, we shared a video displaying the ways we celebrate our faith here at Cardinal Vaughan. Our digital Advent calendar offers a daily opportunity to pause, reflect and pray, as well as celebrate our school motto of Love & Service. You can view our 2023 Advent reflections here.

Lent 2024

Throughout Holy Week, we follow Jesus on the way of the cross with a selection of readings and reflections from our School Chapel. Our Lenten Devotions remind us of the significance of Christ’s sacrifice and forgiveness at the crucifixion and his continuing presence in our lives to guide us. You can view our 2024 Lenten Devotions here.

Trinity 2024

During May, we will be sharing our Virtual Rosary.

Schola Cantorum

The Schola Cantorum is the liturgical choir of Cardinal Vaughan. Its principal duty is that of serving the liturgy of the school and the Schola sings each week at the Wednesday morning school Mass.