Hello everyone, good morning! Welcome to our spiritual lift for today!
Today is the Feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ the Eternal High Priest.
This is a relatively new feast in the life of the Church although the Eternal Priesthood of Jesus is mentioned throughout both the Old and New Testaments and it has massive significance for our faith. It is traditionally celebrated on the Thursday after Pentecost Sunday. It was instituted in 2018 and has its own Liturgy of the Hours (Prayers and readings of the Offices of Morning Prayer, Daytime Prayer, Evening Prayer and Night Prayer.) It reminds us that Jesus is our Great and Eternal High Priest (cf. Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:1-10). Particularly through His Sufferings, Passion, Death, Resurrection and Ascension into Heaven, Jesus is the True High Priest who pleads for us and prays for us before the Father in Heaven. By His Death on the Cross, Jesus was both Victim for our sins because He willingly and freely gave His precious life and shed His Sacred Blood in our place to redeem us by His death and He is Priest because He offers Himself in prayer, praise and sacrifice in Heaven before the Father on our behalf now and for all eternity. Let us remember in our prayers all priests and especially those whom we know. May the Holy Spirit guide and strengthen them and all those who are training in Seminaries all around the world.
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, Tabernacle of the Most High, 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, promise of God the Father.
Our scripture reading today comes from: The 1st Letter of St Peter. (1 Pet 2:4-5) NRSV
“Come to Him, a living stone, though rejected by mortals yet chosen and precious in God’s sight, and like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.”
Keeping Jesus company in the Blessed Sacrament – Holy Hour for Coronavirus Pandemic this evening from 7-8pm.
As it is Thursday today, once again this evening, I will be holding my Holy Hour with the Lord online in the Blessed Sacrament. Once more, you are most welcome to join in with me if you are able between 7-8pm.
Please do consider joining in yourself at home if you can, even if it is only for a few moments to offer a prayer or thought during 7-8pm. We continue to hold up in prayer those who are sick, suffering and those who have died. We pray for those who care for them, their friends and families. We pray for those who suffer also in mind and spirit and ask that they may receive the help and support they need from the Lord and His Church on earth and those dedicated to care for them in the Medical profession. We pray that pupils, teachers and their families, customers, shop workers and businesses be kept safe and well as the lockdown restrictions begin to ease. May people be caring and mindful of others as they remember to observe social distancing and safety guidelines.
O Sacrament Most Holy, O Sacrament Divine, all praise and all thanksgiving, be every moment Thine. Amen.
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.
You, of all comforters best;
You, the soul’s most welcome guest,
Sweet refreshment here below. 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.
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.