Good morning all!

“We are an Easter People and Alleluia is our song.” St Augustine of Hippo

We are now in the 4th Week of Eastertide.

Eastertide tip for the 4th Week of Easter:

Today’s Tip:

Learn about how other cultures celebrate Easter. Research them and perhaps try out some of their customs and foods.

The Gospel Reading of the 4th Week of Easter is: Luke 24:35-48

“While they (The Disciples) were talking about this, Jesus Himself stood among them and said to them, ‘Peace be with you.’”

Lk 24:36

Today is the Feast of the English Martyrs of the Church.  These were men and women, Priests, Religious and Lay people who gave their lives for their faith in Christ during penal times of the Reformation, when Catholicism was illegal and practise of the faith was punishable by fines, imprisonment and for Catholic Priests if they were caught saying Mass and those who sheltered them, death.

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.

Today’s prayer: The Magnificat. 

It comes from St Luke’s Gospel. (Luke 1:46-55)  Mary’s great song of praise to the Lord. This is traditionally said every day during Vespers (Evening Prayer) in the Divine Office or Liturgy of the Hours.  This is the traditional prayer of the Church based on the 7 Monastic Hours kept and said by Priests, Religious Brothers, Sisters and Lay people.

My Soul glorifies the Lord,

my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour.

He looks on His servant in her lowliness;

henceforth all ages will call be blessed.

The Almighty works marvels for me.

Holy His Name!

His mercy is from age to age,

on those who fear Him.

He puts forth His arm in strength

and scatters the proud-hearted.

He casts the mighty from their thrones

and raises the lowly.

He fills the starving with good things,

sends the rich away empty.

He protects Israel, His servant,

Remembering His mercy,

the mercy promised to our fathers,

to Abraham and his servants for ever.  Amen.

Today’s Rosary Mysteries:

Today, as it is Monday, we are encouraged to pray the Joyful Mysteries as we contemplate the calling of Our Lady to be the Mother of Jesus and we view through her eyes the early life of Jesus, His early life and childhood with the Holy Family.

For every day this month, I will include one of the many Titles of Our Lady taken from the Litany of Loreto  and ask her motherly prayers for us and the world as we continue in our own personal exiles in lockdown!

Today’s Title of Our Lady:

Mother of our Saviour, Pray for us.

Once again today I will be keeping a candle burning for your intentions and will remember you all at Mass today.

 Our prayers for today:

Hail Mary, full of grace

the Lord is with thee;

Blessed are thou among women,

and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.

Holy Mary, Mother of God,

Pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. 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.

 Holy Martyrs of England, 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.

Our scripture reading today comes from St John’s Gospel. (John 10:11-18)

Throughout Scripture, in Genesis, the Psalms, Isaiah, Ezekiel, the Gospels, Hebrews, the Letter of St Peter and the Book of Revelation, the Lord describes Himself or He is described as a shepherd who takes care of His people.   We are members of His flock and the people He has chosen as His own.  Jesus calls Himself the Good Shepherd and He is also the Lamb of God who willingly suffered and died to bring us eternal life with God in Heaven.  In these days, may we allow the Lord in His love to take care of us, His sheep, for He is our Shepherd and we belong to Him.

“Jesus said, ‘I am the Good Shepherd.  The Good Shepherd lays down His life for the sheep’.”  John 10:11

Blessings to you all on this day.

Miss Downes

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