Good morning everyone.

Welcome to today’s Spiritual Lift.  May the Lord in His love bless and keep you safe as you go out and about in your day today.

Special Novena to Our Lady of Mount Carmel: Day 2:

Yesterday, we began the Novena (9 days of prayer) in honour of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.  Today, we are on Day 2 of the Novena.  This Novena runs from 7th-16th July every year.

May Our Blessed Mother help us and bless us with her prayers during these times and in our days.  May we remember in our prayers this week, the Catholic Parish of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Redditch, it’s priests and people and the staff, pupils and families who belong to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic First School!

Here is some information all about this beautiful prayer to Our Blessed Mother Mary.

http://www.catholictradition.org/Mary/carmel1.htm

Here are the prayers said in the daily Novena prayer:

Prayers of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Novena- (7th-16th July)  This prayer has NEVER BEEN KNOWN TO FAIL!

O Most Beautiful Flower of Mount Carmel, Fruitful Vine, Splendour of Heaven. Blessed Mother of the Son of God, Immaculate Virgin, assist me in this my necessity: (here mention your request/intention)

O Star of the Sea, help me and show me that you are my Mother.

Holy Mary, Mother of God, Queen of Heaven and Earth, I humbly beseech thee, from the bottom of my heart to comfort me in this necessity; there is none that can withstand thy power.  O show me in this that thou art my Mother.

O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee (X3)

Sweet Mother, I place this cause in thy hands (X3)

Thanksgiving – It is suggested to offer (X3) Our Father’s, (X3) Hail Mary’s and (X3) Glory Be’s in thanksgiving.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Beauty of Carmel, pray for us.  Amen.

Here is a link to the Catholic.org website where you can find some extra prayers.

https://www.catholic.org/prayers/prayer.php?p=2433

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 13:5:

Love is not rude.

 Month of July – God’s wonderful Love:

Every week I will include a special scripture reading all about God’s Love.  Here is this week’s scripture for reading and meditating upon. This week’s Scripture comes from:  St John’s Gospel, Chapter 13 verse 34. NRSV

Jesus said, “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another.  Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.  By this will everyone know that you are My Disciples, if you have love for one another.”

Special candle offered for all those in our School Communities. Wednesday 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.

Rosary prayer-time, a spiritual bouquet of heavenly roses:

It’s Wednesday and once again,  I extend my invitation for you to join with me and St Peter’s Parish Rosary Group as we come together this evening to pray the Rosary in our homes from 7.30-8pm.  You are most welcome to join us in spirit and prayer.  You can pray the whole set of Mysteries, just one Hail Mary or offer your own prayers and thoughts during this time.

Last week we prayed the Luminous Mysteries.  This week we will be praying the Sorrowful Mysteries.  Let us remember that however we choose to pray, whether it is the full Rosary of 4 Mysteries, just one set of one of the Mysteries or simply a Hail Mary, our own prayers or thoughts, our loving God hears us and He works all things to our good.

May we continue to place ourselves in His hands during these days and ask for His help and strength. Our focus and intentions are to ask Our Blessed Lady in Heaven, Health of the Sick, Comforter of the Afflicted to join her prayers with ours as we petition our loving God to help, guide and support us during these days of trial and anxiety

Our prayers for today: 

Over the next few days, 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:

As the deer longs for flowing streams,

so my soul longs for You, O God.

My soul thirsts for God, for the Living God.

When shall I come and behold the Face of God?

Why are you cast down, O my soul,

and why are you disquiet within me?

Hope in God; for I shall again praise Him,

My Saviour and my God.  Amen.    Taken from Psalm 42:1-2, 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.

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 John Henry Newman, pray for us.  Amen.

Blessed Dominic Barberi, pray for us.  Amen.

Our daily scripture reading today comes from: The Book of the prophet Hosea (Hos.10:12) NRSV

The prophet Hosea (pronounced Hoe-zaya) was writing around 900BC and he was living and working in the Northern kingdom.  At this time, the land and people of Israel were split into two kingdoms; The kingdom of Judah with kings Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah and the kingdom of Israel with king Jeroboam. From these words given to Hosea from the Lord, we can apply them, written so long ago, to our own lives and situations.  Such is the beauty and power of God’s word to us.

“Sow for yourselves righteousness; reap steadfast love; break up your fallow ground; for it is time to seek the Lord, that He may come and rain righteousness upon you.”

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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