Good morning everyone, hope you are all well.

Welcome to our spiritual lift for today!

Today we remember St Barnabus.   The Apostle and Missionary Companion of St Paul the Apostle, Prince of the Church. 

Here is some information about him and a video to watch from Catholic.org.

 https://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=211

 Our Lady of Lourdes, Patron of our MAC, pray for us.

For those of you returning to school today with Reception, Year 1 and 6, I will be offering a special candle for you in honour of Our Lady of Lourdes.  May she keep you all safe and well under her protective mantle.  I hope your day and week goes well.  Here is a little traditional prayer to her as we begin today.

Blessed be the Holy and Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary, Mother of God.

Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us.

Health of the Sick, pray for us.

Comfort of sufferers, pray for us.

O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to Thee.  Amen.

June is traditionally dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. 

This Divine Heart, full of love and mercy, is the ultimate expression of God’s love for all people.  Jesus’ Heart is represented with His Heart pierced, as it was when He died on the cross, the soldier used his spear to check that Jesus had died. It is surrounded by a Crown of Thorns which reminds us of Jesus’ suffering and death and our wrongdoing which wounds the Heart of God when we choose to go our own ways rather than God’s.  It has burning flames coming from it which reminds us that God’s Heart burns with deepest, tenderest love for every person and it also the fire of His Holy Spirit.  At the top of the Heart, there is a Cross, which reminds us that the cross is at the heart of Jesus and this was the means by which we might be saved and God’s love expressed most fully.

Sacred Heart Novena: Day 2:

Here is the beautiful set of nine days of prayer to the Sacred Heart of Jesus for you again to help you pray Day 2 of the Novena.  The Novena (nine days of prayer) run from 10th-19th June.  I will continue to post this for the next few days for you. I heartily commend the www.sacredspace.ie  to you for your inspiration and prayer during these days.

https://novenas.sacredspace.ie/the-days-of-the-sacred-heart-novena

Here is the traditional Litany prayer from Our Catholic Prayers.  This will run each day from today, 10th June until 19th June which is when the Feast of the Sacred Heart is celebrated.

https://www.ourcatholicprayers.com/litany-of-the-sacred-heart.html

Today’s Special characteristic of the Sacred Heart of Jesus:

Heart of Jesus, King and centre of all hearts, have mercy on us.  Amen.

Month of June – Sacred Heart of Jesus

Every week I will include a special prayer to Our Lord Jesus whose Sacred Heart beats with love for each one of us.

Our prayer to Jesus this week: A traditional prayer of Consecration.

O Merciful Jesus,

I consecrate myself today and always to Your Most Sacred Heart.

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, I ask that I may ever love You more and more.

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, I trust in You.

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us.

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, I believe in Your love for me.

Jesus, meek and humble of heart, make my heart like unto Your own.  Amen.

 Month of June – Dedicated to God the Holy Spirit.

He is the Third Person of the Most Holy Trinity.  He is the love of the Father and the Son and fills the earth with His life and power. Every day we will be doing some heavenly gardening as we discover the many characteristics, gifts, fruits, attributes and symbols of the Holy Spirit.

Here is today’s:

Holy Spirit of God, Comforting Spirit, descend upon us.  Amen.

Our scripture reading today comes from: The Book of the Acts of the Apostles (Acts 4:36,37 9:27,28)NRSV

 “There was a Levite, a native of Cyprus, Joseph, to whom the Apostles gave the name Barnabus, (which means ‘son of encouragement’).  He sold a field that belonged to him, then brought the money and laid it at the Apostles’ feet.  But Barnabus took him (Saul-later St Paul) brought him to the Apostles and described for them how on the road he had seen the Lord, who had spoken to him and how in Damascus he had spoken boldly in the name of Jesus.”

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

As it is Thursday today, once again this evening, I will be holding my Holy Hour with the Lord online in the Blessed Sacrament.  Once more, 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.

We pray that pupils, teachers and their families, customers, shop workers and businesses be kept safe and well as the lockdown restrictions begin to ease. May people be caring and mindful of others as they remember to observe social distancing and safety guidelines.

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

Our prayers today:

During this lovely month of June, I will include some prayers to the Holy Spirit too. I have decided to use to begin with a verse from the beautiful Pentecost Sequence prayer which is said or sung during the Mass for the Solemnity of Pentecost, when the promised Gift of the Holy Spirit was poured out upon all believers and the Church was born.  There are 10 lovely verses which we can make our own special prayer to God the Holy Spirit.

Bend the stubborn heart and will.

Melt the frozen, warm the chill.

Guide the steps that go astray.  Amen.      Taken from the Sequence of Pentecost.

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, we place all our trust in You.  Amen.

 Come, Holy Spirit! 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.

St Barnabus, Apostle and Missionary Companion of St Paul, pray for us.  Amen.

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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