Good morning everyone, hello and I hope you are well.

Alleluia, This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.  Alleluia!

Today is the feast of the Ascension of the Lord Jesus into heaven.

Here is some extra information about the Ascension of Jesus for you and a video to watch from Catholic.org.

https://www.catholic.org/lent/ascension.php

Today is also the first day of a special Novena (Nine Days of Prayer) that the Church traditionally begins in preparation for the wonderful feast of Pentecost – the coming of the Holy Spirit and the birthday of the Church.  More details about this beautiful prayer here from eCatholic2000.

https://www.ecatholic2000.com/novena/hg1.shtml

Here are some beautiful prayers to the Holy Spirit from Catholic.org.

https://www.catholic.org/prayers/prayer.php?p=336

Eastertide tip for the 6th Week of Easter:

Today’s Tip:

Today, choose something or someone to pray for as a family.  It is traditional to pray a special Novena (9 days) of prayer to the Holy Spirit from today until the feast of Pentecost on Sunday 31st May.  Offer this special 9 days of prayer for this situation or person.

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

Keeping Jesus company in the Blessed Sacrament – Holy Hour for Coronavirus Pandemic this evening from 7-8pm.

Once again this evening, I will be holding my Holy Hour with the Lord online in the Blessed Sacrament.  As last week, you are most welcome to join in with me if you are able between 7-8pm.

Please do consider joining in yourself at home if you can, even if it is only for a few moments to offer a prayer or thought during 7-8pm.

We continue to hold up in prayer those who are sick, suffering and those who have died.  We pray for those who care for them, their friends and families.

We pray for those who suffer also in mind and spirit and ask that they may receive the help and support they need from the Lord and His Church on earth and those dedicated to care for them in the Medical profession.

O Sacrament Most Holy, O Sacrament Divine, all praise and all thanksgiving, be every moment Thine. Amen.

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 Thursday.  With the whole Church we pray the Luminous or Light Mysteries.  Let us ask the Lord in His love to flood our hearts, minds and souls with His marvellous light and pour out His Spirit upon us.  As we approach the great Feast of Pentecost, let us ask God for the gifts and fruits of His Holy Spirit as we seek to follow His way day by day.

Today’s Title of Our Lady:

Tower of David, 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: A traditional prayer to the Holy Spirit, the Third Person of the Blessed Trinity. 

He is the bond of love between the Father and the Son.  He is the promised Gift who has been given to us, who lives inside our hearts and souls.  He helps us to know God’s love for us and gives us God’s power to live a life that is pleasing to God.  May we ask Him for His help and love, day by day.

Come, Holy Spirit,

fill the hearts of Your faithful,

and enkindle in them the fire of Your love.

Send forth Your Spirit, and they shall be created, and You shall renew the face of the earth.

Let us pray:  O God, who has taught the hearts of the faithful by the light of the Holy Spirit, grant that by the gift of the same Spirit we may be always truly wise and ever rejoice in His consolation, through Christ, Our Lord.  Amen.

Holy Spirit, Third Person of the Most Holy Trinity, pray for us.  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.

Our scripture reading today comes from: The Acts of the Apostles (Acts 1:8-11)

“Jesus said to his disciples, ’But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.’ When He had said this, as they were watching, He was lifted up, and a cloud took Him out of their sight.  While He was going and they were gazing up towards heaven, suddenly two men in white robes stood by  them.  They said, ‘Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up towards heaven? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw Him go into heaven.’”  Acts 1:8-11 NRSV

 Blessings to you all on this day.

Miss Downes