Good morning everyone. I hope you are all ok.
Welcome to our spiritual lift for today!
Today we remember St Boniface.
He was a 7th Century Anglo-Saxon Saint born in Crediton, Devon in the Year 675. He died on 5th June 754. He was called Boniface (Latin Bonifacius) but he was named Winfred at birth, also spelt Wynfryth, Winfryth, Winfrith. He was the main missionary organising a Christian mission to the Germanic peoples in the 8th Century. He was made Archbishop of Mainz by Pope Gregory III and he is known as the Apostle to the Germans. He is Patron Saint of Germany and the County of Devon. May his prayers and example of faith help us to overcome in these days of uncertainty and struggle. More information about him can be found on Wikipedia here:
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, House of God and Gate of Heaven, 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:
You will not fail me.
Sacred Heart of Jesus, I trust in You.
Sacred Heart of Jesus, I believe in Your Love for me.
Sacred Heart of Jesus, may Your Kingdom come.
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:
Spirit of God, source of Living Water, come into our hearts! Amen.
Our scripture reading today comes from: St Paul’s Second Letter to Timothy, a young leader in the Church in Ephesus, modern-day Turkey. (2 Tim 3:16,17) In this continuing Year of the Word, let us always remember that Scripture is God’s gift to us. In these days, may we become more acquainted with the Bible and ask the Lord to speak to our hearts and minds through His Word.
“All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for reproof (admonishing), for correction and for training in righteousness, so the everyone who belongs to God may be proficient, equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16,17 NRSV
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.
In our labours, rest most sweet;
Grateful coolness in the heat;
Solace in the midst of woe. 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 Boniface, 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.