In the heart of the main school building sits St Anthony's chapel; a place of warmth and peace, regularly used by pupils for private prayer or simply as a place in which to be quiet. D pupils (year 9) meet here once a week to be prepared for that freedom of choice in worship which is the normal Bryanston pattern. Chapel is also used during the week for informal Eucharists, study groups and prayers.
The chapel is dedicated to St Anthony of Padua
SO WHO WAS ST ANTHONY?
The patron of Lost Things and Missing Persons
Born in 1195: Lisbon, Portugal
Memorial Day / Feast Day: 13 June
Date of death: St Anthony of Padua died in 1231
Cause of death: Natural causes
PRAYER TO ST ANTHONY
Almighty God, merciful Father, You have chosen St Anthony as an outstanding preacher of the Gospel and a messenger of peace.
Through his intercession, hear our prayers. Sanctify every family and help its members to grow in faith and strengthen the bonds of unity and serenity. Bless the children and protect the young. Sustain us all in our daily labours with your unending love.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Story and History of Anthony of Padua
Anthony came from a noble and wealthy family but he rejected wealth and status for the sake of Christ and he became a poor Franciscan. St Anthony of Padua was famous for his deep religious belief.
Why is Saint Anthony of Padua the patron of Lost Things and Missing Persons?
St Anthony was a great and fluid speaker. The reason he spoke so well was that he could recall everything he ever read due to his photographic memory.
St Anthony of Padua is represented in Christian Art in the habit of a Franciscan friar, and with a flame of fire in his hand or breast, symbolical of his deep religious belief.
St Anthony's Blessing (Given to him by St Francis)
May the Lord bless you and take you into his keeping; may He show you His countenance; and take pity on you; may He turn His eyes towards you and give you His peace.