Good morning everyone!

Welcome to today’s Spiritual Lift. May you have a blessed Friday.

Special Novena to Our Lady of Mount Carmel: Day 4: (7th-16th July)

Today we continue praying the Novena (9 days of prayer) in honour of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.  Today, we are on Day 4 of the Novena.

May Our Blessed Mother help us and bless us with her prayers during these times and in our days.  May we remember in our prayers this week, the Catholic Parish of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Redditch, it’s priests and people and the staff, pupils and families who belong to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic First School!

Here is some information all about this beautiful prayer to Our Blessed Mother Mary.

http://www.catholictradition.org/Mary/carmel1.htm

Here are the prayers said in the daily Novena prayer:

Prayers of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Novena- (7th-16th July)  This prayer has NEVER BEEN KNOWN TO FAIL!

O Most Beautiful Flower of Mount Carmel, Fruitful Vine, Splendour of Heaven. Blessed Mother of the Son of God, Immaculate Virgin, assist me in this my necessity: (here mention your request/intention)

O Star of the Sea, help me and show me that you are my Mother.

Holy Mary, Mother of God, Queen of Heaven and Earth, I humbly beseech thee, from the bottom of my heart to comfort me in this necessity; there is none that can withstand thy power.  O show me in this that thou art my Mother.

O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee (X3)

Sweet Mother, I place this cause in thy hands (X3)

Thanksgiving – It is suggested to offer (X3) Our Father’s, (X3) Hail Mary’s and (X3) Glory Be’s in thanksgiving.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Beauty of Carmel, pray for us.  Amen.

Here is a link to the Catholic.org website where you can find some extra prayers.

https://www.catholic.org/prayers/prayer.php?p=2433

The Month of July is dedicated to the Precious Blood of Jesus and the Love of God for us and towards us.

Traditionally, in the Church during the Month of July, we remember and honour the Precious Blood of Jesus and we give thanks for the eternal and unconditional love that our God has for each one of us.

We can honour Jesus’ love and think about how He suffered for us in the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Holy Rosary.   With each of these particular Mysteries of the Rosary, we remember Jesus’ Agony in the Garden; His scourging at the pillar; His crowning with thorns; His carrying of the Cross and His Crucifixion and Death.

We can show our love for God by thanking Him for His great love and by showing love, kindness and respect to others as we are all brothers and sisters together.

Month of July – Precious Blood and the Love of God for us:

“God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him may not perish but may have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)

We can see God’s love in the beauty of creation, our loved ones, family and friends, the good things we enjoy in our lives, our blessings and all we have.  In the Sacraments of the Church and especially in the Eucharist, at Mass, we remember the Lord’s love in dying for us on the Cross and the offering of His life for our salvation.  Inspired by the love of God, we too should love one another.  How might we show our love for God and for others today?

The Gift of Love:

Over the next few days as we continue our journey into July, I will be including a verse from the wonderful chapter all about Love, in St Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians, Chapter 13: 4-8a.

”And now faith, hope and love remain, these three; and the greatest of these is love.” (1 Cor 13:13.) NRSV

Here is today’s.   From 1 Corinthians 13:5:

Love is not irritable.

Month of July – God’s wonderful Love:

Every week I will include a special scripture reading all about God’s Love.  Here is this week’s scripture for reading and meditating upon. This week’s Scripture comes from:  St John’s Gospel, Chapter 13 verse 34. NRSV

Jesus said, “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another.  Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.  By this will everyone know that you are My Disciples, if you have love for one another.”

Special candle offered for all those in our School Communities. Friday Teams:

Today a special candle burns for you in honour of Our Lady of Lourdes.  May she keep you all safe and well under her protective mantle.  May your day 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.

Our prayers for today: 

Over the next few days, I’m going to be using the beautiful and inspiring words from the wonderful prayer book and hymnal from the Bible – The Book of the Psalms.  Jesus Himself would have prayed these throughout His life as He made them a part of His own prayers and hymns to God.  Let’s do the same!

Here is today’s:

Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel,

You who lead Joseph like a flock!

You who are enthroned upon the cherubim, shine forth-

stir up Your might, and come to save us!

Restore us, O God;

let your Face shine, that we might be saved.  Amen.    Taken from Psalm 80:1-2b,3. NRSV

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.

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 John Henry Newman, pray for us.  Amen.

Blessed Dominic Barberi, pray for us.  Amen.

Our daily scripture reading today comes from: The Book of the Prophet Hosea (Hos.14:4,7)

Here are some more lovely verses from the Book of the Prophet Hosea (Hoe-zaya) in the Old Testament which talks about the Lord welcoming wandering Israel back under His wings.  Following their rejection of God and their turning away from Him, God’s compassion and love for His wayward people has grown warm and tender towards them again.  In His love,  He has chosen them again and He has chosen to take care of them.  Our God is so loving and gentle with us, and He is the same today as He was back then – if we turn to Him in all our wanderings and confusion, and admit our wrongdoing asking for His pardon and forgiveness, then the Lord will welcome us and will bless us for this is who He Is!  A God of compassion, love, tenderness and blessing!

The Lord says, “I will heal their disloyalty, I will love them freely. For My anger has turned from them.  They shall again live beneath My shadow, they shall flourish as a garden, they shall blossom like the vine, their fragrance shall be like the wine of Lebanon.”

Today, I will be keeping a candle burning for your intentions and will remember you all at Mass.

Blessings to you all on this day.

Miss Downes

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