Hello again everyone, good morning to you all. Hope you week is going well for you so far.
Welcome to Wednesday’s Spiritual Lift.
Our weekly scripture to ponder this week comes from: St John’s Gospel (John 15:12) Quotation taken from the CTS New Catholic Bible.
Jesus said, “This is My commandment; love one another as I have loved you.”
Today we remember the dedication of the Basilicas of Saint Peter and Saint Paul in the City of Rome.
Here is some information about them from Wikipedia:
Month of November:
November is the special month dedicated to praying for the Holy Souls, the faithful departed, our deceased loved ones, friends, and neighbours. It is also the month of Remembrance.
During this month of November, let us pause and remember to pray for all those who have died and especially during these past few months in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic. Let us remember all those who have lost their lives due to COVID19, in England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and in all countries of the world. May the Lord grant them eternal rest, light and peace within His Heavenly Kingdom and give comfort and help to their loved ones in these days.
Our prayer this month:
Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them, may they rest in peace. Amen.
Special Scripture reading for the Month of November:
Every day during this month I am sharing a scripture which we can pray about and reflect upon as we bring before the Lord our deceased loved ones and those whom we know who have died. Today’s Scripture comes from: The Book of Psalms (Psalm 129:1-4 (130:1-4) Quotation taken from the CTS New Catholic Bible.
This psalm is traditionally prayed during the Month of November and is sometimes prayed as part of Catholic Funerals.
“Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord. Lord, hear my voice! O let your ears be attentive to the voice of my pleading. If you, O Lord, should mark our guilt, Lord, who would survive? But with you is found forgiveness: for this we revere you.”
Daily special candle offered for MAC Staff, pupils and their families – Autumn Term 2- November-December 2020.
As we continue to journey forth into a new Half Term and as we live in these uncertain and trying days both here in our school Communities and in our day to day lives in our families, neighbourhoods and wider communities, let us continue to place all our prayers and petitions into Our Lady’s hands. Every day this week and throughout the whole of this Half Term, a special candle will burn again for us all in honour of Our Lady of Lourdes. May she keep us all safe and well under her protective mantle. May your days and weeks go well for you, your pupils, and their families in these days within all the School Communities in our MAC.
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.
Rosary prayer-time, a spiritual bouquet of heavenly roses: Please note slightly amended timings.
Tonight, as it is Wednesday, once again all are invited to come together in spirit and prayer this evening to pray the Rosary in our homes. I have changed the timings slightly so others can join us for this special time of prayer. Tonight, and every week from tonight, we shall be meeting together where we are from 8pm-8.30pm.You are most welcome to join us in spirit and prayer. You can pray the whole set of Mysteries, just one Hail Mary or offer your own prayers and thoughts during this time.
During the Month of the Holy Souls as we remember all those who have died it is traditional to pray the Sorrowful Mysteries for them.
During the cycle of prayer for the Rosary this week, we will be praying the Sorrowful Mysteries. Let us remember that however we choose to pray, whether it is the full Rosary of 4 Mysteries, just one set of one of the Mysteries or simply a Hail Mary, our own prayers or thoughts, our loving God hears us and He works all things to our good.
As we pray each Hail Mary, we offer a beautiful rose to Our Lady as the fruits of our prayers. She then gathers them all up and presents them to Jesus, our loving Lord. May we continue to place ourselves in His hands during these days and ask for His help and strength. Our focus and intentions are to ask Our Blessed Lady in Heaven, Health of the Sick, Comforter of the Afflicted to join her prayers with ours as we petition our loving God to help, guide and support us during these days of trial and anxiety.
Our Lady of Mount Carmel are currently organising the following times of private individual prayer during these days when public worship has been suspended once again.
On Saturday and Sunday at 11am there is Eucharistic Adoration and silent prayer before Our Lord Jesus in the Monstrance displayed on the Altar in church.
On Sunday at 4.30pm each week, Father Tony is live streaming Mass at this time.
For further details about these prayer opportunities please do check the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish Website for more information.
Additionally, your local Catholic Parish may be offering similar services and prayer times. Please do check their Websites too for further details.
Our daily scripture reading today comes from: The Book of the Apocalypse (Revelation) 4:8. Quotation taken from the CTS New Catholic Bible.
“Each of the four animals had six wings and had eyes all the way round as well as inside; and day and night they never stopped singing: ‘Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God, the Almighty; he was, he is and he is to come.’ “
Our prayers for today:
Today, I will be keeping a candle burning for your intentions.
During this month of November – our prayer each day is taken from the Liturgy of the Office for the Dead.
Remember Lord, those who have died and have gone before us, marked with the sign of faith, especially those for whom we now pray:
(….pause here to call to mind those for whom you wish to pray and offer to God….)
May these and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
Let us ask…..
Our Lady of Consolation, pray for us. Amen.
Mary the Mother of Jesus, Mother of the Church, 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, Beauty of Carmel, 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 Catherine of Siena, Patron of Nurses, pray for us. Amen.
St Camillus of Lellis, Patron of the Sick, pray for us. Amen.
St Sebastian, patron of the sick and plagues of disease, pray for us. Amen.
St John Henry Newman, pray for us. Amen.
Blessed Dominic Barberi, pray for us. Amen.
All Holy Men and Women, pray for us. Amen
St Gertrude the Great, intercessor for the Holy Souls in Purgatory, pray for us. Amen.
St Peter and St Paul, Apostles, pray for us. Amen.
Blessings to you all on this day.