Liturgy & Prayer

Xavier has a rich liturgical and prayer life for its students.


The School Prayer


A morning prayer opens each school day and an afternoon prayer ends each school day. In between there is prayer before each class and before lunch. The traditional ending of any prayer is “St. Francis Xavier, Pray For Us.”


The school prayer, said at the end of the school day, was written by Chris Danko ’11 and Francis Rowland ’11.


Loving Father,

We ask you to protect the students, faculty and staff of Xavier High School.

Guide us to salvation by following the example of Jesus Christ, your Son.

Inspire us with your grace, to seek both academic success and spiritual wisdom as we use your gifts and talents in service to others.

Help us to find the strength and passion to be leaders and pioneers like Theodore James Ryken, the Xaverian Brothers and those who founded our school.

May we, in turn, accept the challenge to spread the Word of God and make the world a better place for all people.

We ask this, through Christ, our Lord.



Liturgy & Prayer


The Arthur M. Kohs Gymnasium is the site for monthly school-wide Masses throughout the school year, including the Opening Of School Mass in September, at which the Bishop of the Norwich Diocese presides, and the Baccalaureate Mass the night before graduation in May.
The Chapel, with its stained glass windows, is a place for smaller gatherings, quiet reflection, and many opportunities for students that include Masses (two a week at 7 a.m.), Eucharistic Service, Rosary Devotion and Chaplet Of Divine Mercy. Religion classes have monthly Eucharistic Adoration here on the First Friday. There also are Advent and Lenten school-wide Prayer services conducted by Peer Ministers.

Mass is offered for athletes at the beginning of each of the three sports seasons (fall, winter, spring)