Hello everyone, good morning!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
Eastertide tip for the 6th Week of Easter:
The Feast of the Ascension of Jesus into heaven is on Thursday this week. Perhaps read the accounts in scripture of the Ascension. (Luke 24:50-53; Acts 1:6-11). Ask family members to imagine themselves being present at this wonderful event. What would they have seen, felt, heard?
The Gospel Reading of the 6th Week of Easter is: Mark 16:9-15
“But he (the angel) said to them, ‘Do not be alarmed; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been raised; He is not here. Look, there is the place they laid Him.’” Mark 16:6
Today we remember St Dunstan.
He is one of the lesser known Anglo-Saxon saints.
He was an English Bishop. He was born it is estimated in the year 909 but it is unknown as to where. Little is known of his early life and beginnings.
He was Bishop of many places including Worcester and London.
He was also Archbishop of Canterbury.
He did much for bringing peace to those around him and he died on 19th May in the year 988 aged around 79 years old.
He is Patron Saint of English goldsmiths and silversmiths because Dunstan worked as a silversmith making Church Plate. (Chalices and patens and sacred objects for the Altar and the Mass). There are many Churches dedicated to him. There is one locally, in Birmingham, in King’s Heath.
Month of May:
Every week I will include a special prayer to Our Lady which can be said throughout this special Month dedicated to her.
Our special prayer this week to Our Lady: ‘The Salve Regina’ or ‘Hail Holy Queen.’
This is another timely prayer that Catholics throughout the centuries have prayed to Our Lady. It is usually prayed immediately after the Rosary, and it is one of the Anthems to Our Lady that is prayed or sung after the last prayer Office of the Day, ‘Compline’ or ‘Night Prayer.’ This is the ‘Prayer of the Church’ prayed by Monks, Nuns, Priests and Lay people.
Hail, Holy Queen,
Mother of Mercy.
Hail our life,
our sweetness and our hope!
To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve;
to thee do we send up our sighs,
mourning and weeping in this valley of tears.
Turn then, O most gracious advocate,
thine eyes of mercy towards us,
And after this, our exile,
show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.
Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God,
That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. Amen.
Today’s Rosary Mysteries:
Today is Tuesday. Once again we pray the Sorrowful Mysteries with the whole Church. In the Sorrowful Mysteries, we remember that Jesus enters into all that brings us pain, sorrow and deep hurt. He hold us safely with His wounded Hands and understands our difficult and trying times. He walks alongside us in all our painful times and carries us close to His loving Heart.
Today’s Title of Our Lady:
Mother most loveable, pray for us. Amen.
Once again today I will be keeping a candle burning for your intentions and will remember you all at Mass.
Our prayers for today: The prayer of dedication:
to whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hidden, cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inpouring of Your Holy Spirit, that every thought and word of ours may begin from You, and in You be perfectly completed, through Christ Our Lord. Amen.
Our Lady of Lourdes, Patron of our Archdiocese and our MAC, Health of the Sick and Comforter of the Afflicted, pray for us. Amen.
Our Lady of Mount Carmel, pray for us. Amen.
St Thomas More, pray for us. Amen.
St Peter, pray for us. Amen.
St Bede the Venerable, pray for us, Amen.
St Augustine of Canterbury, pray for us. Amen.
St Luke, Beloved Physician (Doctor) and companion of St Paul the Apostle, Patron of Doctors and Healthcare professionals, pray for us. Amen.
St Jude Thaddeus, Patron of impossible or difficult circumstances, pray for us. Amen.
St Raphael, Archangel, God’s healing Angel, pray for us. Amen.
St Dunstan, pray for us. Amen.
Our scripture reading today comes from the Old Testament, from the Book of Chronicles. (1 Chr 29:10-12) A prayer of praise to the Lord from King David.
“David praised the Lord in the presence of the whole assembly, saying:
Praise be to You, O Lord,
God of our father Israel,
from everlasting to everlasting.
Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power
and the glory and the majesty and the splendour,
for everything in heaven and on earth is Yours.
Yours, O Lord, is the kingdom; You are exalted as head over all.”
(1st Book of Chronicles 29:10-12) NRSV
Blessings to you all on this day.