Hello everyone, good morning to you!
For those of you returning to school to day with Reception, Year 1 and 6 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. Here is a little traditional prayer to her as we begin today.
Blessed be the Holy and Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary, Mother of God.
Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us.
Health of the Sick, pray for us.
Comfort of sufferers, pray for us.
O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to Thee. Amen.
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, full of goodness and love, 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 of Consecration.
O Merciful Jesus,
I consecrate myself today and always to Your Most Sacred Heart.
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, I ask that I may ever love You more and more.
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, I trust in You.
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us.
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, I believe in Your love for me.
Jesus, meek and humble of heart, make my heart like unto Your own. 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:
Spirit of grace and prayer, descend upon us. Amen
Our scripture reading today comes from: The Book of Psalms. (Psalm 121:1-2, 7-8)NRSV
“I lift up my eyes to the hills –
from where will my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
who made heaven and earth.
The Lord will keep you from all evil,
He will keep your life.
The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in
this time, and for ever more.”
Our prayers for 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.
O Most Blessed Light Divine,
Shine within these hearts of Thine
And our inmost being fill. Amen. Taken from the Sequence of Pentecost.
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.
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.