Good morning everyone and I hope you are all well.
Welcome to Friday’s Spiritual Lift for today. This will be the final one of the Summer Term and this Academic Year.
Daily Spiritual Lift – continuation into Autumn Term:
If you have been blessed and encouraged by these daily emails and Spiritual Lifts, that’s fantastic! As we come back in September and begin what will be a very different Autumn Term to what we have been used to before, I hope to continue to write and send the Spiritual Lifts as I know they have been a source of inspiration for so many of you and have supported your own daily prayer in these days. All glory to God, for His words do not return to Him empty, but just like the rainfall brings seed for the sowing and bread for the eating, (cf. Isaiah 55:10,11) so will His words of grace and love bring fresh growth and nourishment for us.
Summer Break 2020:
As we go our separate ways into the summer break, let us remember that in the arms of our loving God, our Heavenly Father, we are always together as one family of brothers and sisters.
May we all have a safe, restful and blessed holiday time and a good summer.
May the prayers of our Patron Saints accompany us and in the Lord’s love and mercy, may we be kept under His wings of protection until we meet again in the Autumn Term.
September will have its own challenges, but with the prayers of Our Lady to help us, the Patron Saints of our School Communities and as we live and move and have our being in our loving and ever-wise God and Lord, we will accomplish great things.
Benediction prayer as we begin today:
Our opening prayer today is taken from the special blessing that the Lord gave to Moses for him to bless the people of Israel with. It is taken from the Book of Numbers. I include the Scripture reference here if you’d like to look it up for yourself and pray this, for yourselves and those who are dear to you. Numbers 6:22-26 NIV. May this be our prayer today as we go into our Summer break.
The Lord bless you and keep you;
the Lord make his face shine upon you,
and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn his face towards you
and give you peace. Amen.
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 13:8.
Love never ends.
Month of July – God’s wonderful Love:
For the final time, here is this week’s scripture for reading and meditating upon. This week’s Scripture comes from: The First Letter of St John. (1 John 4:7,8,12, 14,16)
“Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; anyone who loves is born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love. No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God lives in us and His love is perfected in us. And we have seen and do testify that the Father has sent His Son as the Saviour of the World. So we have known and believe the love that God has for us.”
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:
Once again for the final time this Term, 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:
I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart;
I will tell of your wonderful deeds.
I will be glad and exult in you;
I will sing praise to your name, O Most High!
Sing praises to the Lord, who dwells in Zion.
Declare his deeds among the peoples. Amen. Taken from Psalm 9: 1,2,11.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.
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 John Henry Newman, pray for us. Amen.
Blessed Dominic Barberi, pray for us. Amen.
Our daily scripture reading today comes from: St Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians. (Eph. 5:1,2) NRSV
“Therefore, be imitators of God, as beloved children, and live in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.”
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.