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Pupils launch prayer relay for Olympic Games

Pupils at Stonyhurst join children from 210 other schools in a relay of prayer

By on Thursday, 13 October 2011

Andrew Gordon Brown, deputy headmaster at Stonyhurst College, with pupils involved in the prayer relay

Andrew Gordon Brown, deputy headmaster at Stonyhurst College, with pupils involved in the prayer relay

Counting down to the Olympic Games next year, a group of pupils from Stonyhurst St Mary’s Hall and Stonyhurst College in Lancashire joined children from 210 other schools in the Salford diocese to launch a relay of prayer.

The event was the first of many over the next nine months which will involve an Olympic Torch of Prayer being taken from school to school, igniting prayer and interest in this coming international event.

Each school will be twinned with a competing country and will offer up prayers for that country. Stonyhurst will link up with the Comoros Islands in the Indian Ocean. The aim of the relay is to mark the significance of the Olympic Games by looking at the links between religion and sport and their common ability to bring people together.

One of the Olympians in attendance was Andrew Gordon Brown, deputy head of Stonyhurst College, who competed in the South African rowing team in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.

Music and sports stars spoke about their experiences and the Bishop Terence Brain of Salford gave an address by video link in which he urged young people in the Church to use their gifts in sport.

  • Julian cheyne

    ‘The aim of the relay is to mark the significance of the Olympic Games by
    looking at the links between religion and sport and their common
    ability to bring people together.’

    This is extraordinary stuff! First, the Olympic Games have a long history of being associated with fascist ideology http://www.scribd.com/doc/236259/Olympism-and-fascism. Second, religion quite plainly does not bring people together while the behaviour of Rangers and Celtic precisely demonstrates why both sport and religion (and even more so when the two are combined) can have exactly the opposite effect!

    Then there are the negative effects of sporting events, like the mass evictions which accompany Olympics and World Cups or the fact that they just don’t produce the benefits claimed for them, it would take too long to go through these point by point, but just read the Government’s own Game Plan report, produce prior to the bid for the 2012 Games, which warned against expecting social or economic benefits from the Games.

    Still one has to hope!