13th Sept 2017 – Everyone will have been upset to hear of the death of Cardinal Cormac Murphy O’Connor, whose funeral took place today.  Two of our pupils were honoured to be invited to attend.  Here Karis Rable and Kaysheia Ratnasamy in Year 9 tell us about their experience:

“We went to the Westminster Cathedral for Cardinal Cormac Murphy O’Connor’s funeral mass. It was very reverent and a lovely service. It was extremely moving to hear how highly everybody thought of the Cardinal, and it was clear that he was a very special man and played an important part in the Church’s community. His nephew gave a speech, and it was amazing to hear that he always made time for family, even though he had a very busy life.

There were many priests and bishops and the choir was wonderful. There was a clear feeling of hope and community when everybody gathered together in prayer, and I adored it. This celebration of Cardinal Cormac’s life was very beautiful and uplifting. It was an honour to attend and we both thoroughly enjoyed the service. Thank you to Miss Gilleece and Mrs Nyman for giving us the opportunity to attend this service.”

The following prayer was said in school today:

We pray for the repose of the soul of Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor who died on 1 September 2017, and whose funeral takes place today at Westminster Cathedral. 

Grant, we pray, almighty God,
that the soul of your departed servant Cardinal Cormac,
to whom you committed the care of your family,
may, with the manifold fruit of his labours,
enter into the eternal gladness of his Lord.
Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord.
And let perpetual light shine upon him.
May he rest in peace.
May his soul
and the souls of all the faithful departed,
through the mercy of God, rest in peace.