Good morning everyone. Hope you are well.
Welcome to today’s spiritual lift! As usual, there is so much going on in it. May you be blessed and encouraged.
Today we remember St Richard of Chichester.
One of his much loved prayers “Day by day”, I have included in our spiritual lift for today. Here is some information about him. His Biography mentions he was born in Wyche, Worcestershire. Today, Wyche is known as Droitwich Spa. In the Catholic Church of Sacred Heart & St Catherine of Alexandria, in Droitwich Spa, St Richard is shown on some of the beautiful mosaics which adorn the walls inside the Church. He is supposed to have performed a miracle relating to the salt reserves which saved the town as it depended upon the salt for its livelihood.
For all those back in our School settings again:
Once again 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.
Easing of the lockdown – Places of Worship:
Our Lady of Mount Carmel will be open for individual private prayers starting today. Church will be open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10.30am-12.30am for private prayer ONLY. As yet we do not have a date when public services or Mass is able to be celebrated. We look forward to the day when this is possible once again.
Special prayers for our young people:
During this time of pandemic and lockdown, with all Churches and places of worship closed, we have unfortunately been unable to meet together to celebrate the Sacraments. Our Year 3 children were due to have made their First Holy Communion at the start of June and our young people in Years 7 and 8 were due to receive the Holy Spirit in a new way and be Confirmed yesterday evening in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish and this evening in St Peter’s Bromsgrove. Let us continue to keep them all in our thoughts and prayers as we look forward to the time in hope when we will be able to celebrate these important Sacraments in their lives and in the life of our faith communities.
Sacred Heart Novena: Day 7:
Here is the beautiful set of nine days of prayer to the Sacred Heart of Jesus for you again to help you pray Day 7 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.
Here is the traditional Litany prayer from Our Catholic Prayers. This will continue to run from today, 16th June until 19th June which is when the Feast of the Sacred Heart is celebrated.
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.
Today’s Special characteristic of the Sacred Heart of Jesus:
Heart of Jesus, patient and full of mercy, 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 to the Sacred Heart.
Heart of Jesus, save me.
Heart of my Creator, perfect me.
Heart of my Saviour, deliver me.
Heart of my Judge, forgive me.
Heart of my Father, govern me.
Heart of my Spouse of my soul, love me.
Heart of my Master, teach me.
Heart of my King, crown me.
Heart of my Benefactor, enrich me.
Heart of my Pastor, defend me.
Heart of my Friend, embrace me.
Heart of my Infant Jesus, draw me.
Heart of Jesus, dying on the Cross, pray for me.
Heart of Jesus, great in all Your states, please give Yourself to me.
Allow me, my Lord, to give all that I am to You.
O, Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in You! Amen.
June is also dedicated to the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit is our source of life, grace, mercy and power from the Heart of God Himself. His power helps us to live as God wants. He helps us to pray, to love God and others, especially those whom we find difficult to get on with and those who have hurt us in some way. He is our Helper, Sustainer and Friend. May we turn to Him and ask for His help in these days. 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, Author of every good, come into our hearts! Amen.
Our scripture reading today comes from: The Book of Psalms: (Psalm 51:10-12) NRSV
“Create a clean heart in me, O God,
and put a new and right spirit within me.
Do not cast me away from Your Presence,
or take Your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of Your salvation,
and sustain in me a willing spirit. “
Our prayers for today:
As we remember St Richard of Chichester today, I include one of his special prayers which many of you may find familiar.
Day by day, O Dear Lord,
three things I pray:
to see You more clearly,
love You more dearly,
follow You more nearly,
day by day
by day by day. Amen.
During this lovely month of June, I will include some prayers to the Holy Spirit too. Here today begins some prayers and verses from the beautiful Litany of the Holy Spirit with which we can make our own special prayer to God the Holy Spirit.
Holy Spirit, come and renew the face of the earth. Amen.
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, we place all our trust in You. Amen.
Come Holy Spirit and fill the hearts of all Your people! 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, 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 Richard of Chichester and Droitwich Spa, 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.