Good morning!

This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it! (Psalm 119:24)

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

A traditional prayer said during Eastertide is the ‘Regina Caeli’ or ‘Queen of Heaven’ and it reminds us of the glory of God shown most powerfully in the Resurrection of Jesus.  It is said in place of the Angelus at 6am, 12noon and 6pm each day.  Here it is:

O Queen of Heaven, rejoice, Alleluia!

For He whom you were worthy to bear, Alleluia!

Is Risen as He foretold, Alleluia!

Pray for us to God, Alleluia!

Rejoice and be glad O Virgin Mary, Alleluia!

For the Lord is Risen indeed, Alleluia!  Amen.

 Here is another Eastertide tip for the 2nd Week!

Keep some fresh flowers around the house if you can during this lovely Season!

 Traditionally, the following greetings are used throughout Eastertide:

‘Alleluia!’ (Praise the Lord) and

‘Christ is Risen, He is Risen indeed, Alleluia, Alleluia!

 Our prayers today:

Lord Jesus,

You wondrously fed the hungry crowd of thousands who came to listen to You with just five loaves and two fish.  In Your mercy and love, these small offerings were miraculously multiplied so all could eat and were satisfied.  Today Lord, we offer You ourselves, that like these loaves and fish, we too may be used in the service of Your Kingdom and bring glory to Your Name.  This we ask of You.  Amen.

(Inspired by the account in today’s Gospel taken from John 6:1-15)

 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 Book of Psalms. The psalms are the prayer book and hymn book of the Bible, as well as being part of the most beautiful poetry texts found in Scripture.

“The Lord is my light and my salvation – whom shall I fear?  The Lord is the stronghold of my life – of whom shall I be afraid?  I am confident of this, I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.  Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart, and wait for the Lord.” Psalm 27:1,13-14.

Blessings to you all on this day.

Miss Downes


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