Hello everyone, good morning!
Welcome to Tuesday’s Spiritual Lift. May our Loving God, our Good Shepherd, bless you, protect you and keep you always in His care.
Today we remember the First Martyrs of the early Church in the City of Rome.
These were Christians who were persecuted and died for their faith in Jesus under the reign of the Emperor Nero in the year CE/AD 64. Nero blamed them for the terrible fire that broke out in the City of Rome at that time, and had them killed publicly in ‘Nero’s Circus’, within the arena at the Coliseum as part of his ‘entertainment’ and ‘games’. Let us give thanks for the courage these nameless men and women showed in the face of such hatred and cruelty towards them with their strong witness to the faith and unshakeable trust in the Lord. This witness later helped the love and message of Jesus to grow and spread in the City of Rome and in the world.
Special candle offered for all those in our School Communities. Tuesday 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.
Easing of the lockdown – Places of Worship: Key information for you:
Our Lady of Mount Carmel will now be open for individual private prayers. Church will be open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10.30am-12.30am for private prayer ONLY. On Saturday evenings, from 5-7pm, there is Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Eucharistic Adoration for private prayer with the Lord. Numbers are limited to assist with Social Distancing. Do check the Parish website for further information.
Other Churches within our Catholic Deanery (Kidderminster) will also be open for individual private prayer.
For further information do check their websites. Basic information is as follows:
Sacred Heart & St Catherine of Alexandria Church, Droitwich-
Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday 10am-12Noon
Saint Ambrose Church, Kidderminster –
Tuesday and Friday 2.30pm-4pm
In addition to these times and events, Collective Worship is set to resume again in England ONLY from 4th July. Please do check Parish websites for further information as public Mass will be able to take place in our Churches again. More details and further guidance in light of Churches being made COVID secure and Social Distancing measures to be applied for each Catholic Diocese will be published soon, to follow.
Special prayers for our young people:
During these days, let us pray for our young people in Year 3 and 4, 7 and 8 who were due to receive their First Holy Communion and Confirmation this month. May we continue to keep them 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.
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, worthy of all praise, 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 prayer to the Sacred Heart of Jesus for the Novena by Donal Neary, SJ. Taken from the beautiful Novena prayer to the Sacred Heart of Jesus from the Sacred Heart Messenger in June 2005.
(Messenger Publications Dublin, Ireland www.messenger.ie)
Your Sacred Heart is always open in love to each of us
and especially when we are suffering.
To all who come to you seeking Your help,
You show your compassion and Your healing power.
You care for us when we are lost,
sympathise with us in loneliness,
and comfort us in mourning;
You are closest to us when we are weakest.
You reach out Your hand to us when we stumble
and have most need of Your help.
I ask You to listen to my prayer during this Novena, and grant what I ask.
(Make your petition now.)
But if what I ask is not for my own good or that of others,
grant me always what is best, that I may build up
Your kingdom of love in our world. 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, You are co-equal with the Father and the Son, come into our hearts! Amen.
Our scripture reading today comes from: The Book of Psalms: (Psalm 5:11,12) NRSV
“But let all who take refuge in You rejoice; let them sing for ever with joy. Spread Your protection over them, so that those who love your name may exult in you. For your bless the righteous, O Lord; You cover them with favour as with a shield.”
Our prayers for today: A prayer to the Holy Spirit by Cardinal Mercier.
O Holy Spirit,
Soul of my soul, I adore You;
teach me what I must do,
I promise to submit myself to everything that You allow to happen to me;
only let me know Your Will. Amen.
(This submission to the Holy Spirit is the secret of sanctity.)
Here today are 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, be our eternal reward. 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 Margaret Mary Alacoque, Saint of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, pray for us. Amen.
Holy Christian Martyrs of the Church and See of Rome, 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.