Hello everyone, good morning and I hope that you have had a good week.
As we approach the weekend once more, may the Lord in His love bless you and your families as you spend some quality time together. May He keep you safe and well. Have a refreshing couple of days.
Welcome to Friday’s Spiritual Lift. May it bless and encourage you today as you read and reflect.
For the final time this week, our Scripture comes from the Book of the Prophet Zechariah. (Zech 8:8) These verses are taken from the CTS New Catholic Bible.
“The LORD of hosts says this, ‘I will bring them (my people) back to live inside Jerusalem. They shall be my people and I will be their God in faithfulness and integrity.’ “
October – the Month of the Holy Rosary and Our Blessed Lady: We begin a new month today! It is also CAFOD Family Fast Day today.
Here is this year’s special prayer:
During this month of October we focus upon the Holy Rosary. We are encouraged to think about Our Lady as we dedicate this month to Her as Queen of the Holy Rosary. On 7th October we will remember the special Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. This month is a beautiful way to offer our prayers to Our Blessed Lady and say Her special prayer, which is the dearest to Her heart, the Rosary.
If we haven’t prayed the Rosary in a while, now might be the best time to begin this lovely devotion once again. During this special month, let’s make a special effort to dust off the Rosary beads and begin praying this beautiful prayer.
Our Rosary Mysteries today are the Sorrowful Mysteries.
In these five Mysteries, we remember the love of God shown so powerfully in the life of the Son of God, Jesus Christ our Saviour, through His sufferings, Death, Resurrection and Ascension into Heaven. In all that is difficult and what makes us sad today, let us offer all our prayers to Our Blessed Mother in Heaven and she will take them to Jesus her Divine Son for Him to answer as He wills.
Today we remember Saint Therese of Lisieux, the Little Flower of Jesus. Here is some more information about her from www.catholic.org.
Here are some prayers in honour of Our Lord and St Therese from the Daily Prayers webpage.
Holy Father’s Prayer Intentions – October:
Here is the Holy Father’s Prayer Intentions for October:
Our MAC Prayer:
Our Lady of the Magnificat, Mary the Mother of Jesus, pray for us. Amen.
We continue to be in Ordinary Time- Autumn:
The special colour is green, and this reminds us of the beauty of the earth and the gathering in of the harvest and giving thanks to God for all His many blessings and gifts to us.
Cycle of Prayer – Liturgy Office:
As we are now in Ordinary Time – Autumn, here is the link to the fantastic information from the Liturgy Office.
|Cycle of Prayer | Ordinary Time: Autumn – Liturgy Office
The Harvest, the Fruits of Human Work, and the Reverent Use of Creation. especially on World Day of prayer for the Care of Creation (1 September) and on last Sunday in September or whenever Harvest Festivals are held.
The Year of Saint Joseph continues!
Here is the information from the Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales with more details about the Year of Saint Joseph.
Here are some special prayers we can say during the Year of Saint Joseph. These are from www.ourcatholicprayers.com
Here are some special prayers from Daily Prayers.org which are all in honour of Saint Joseph. Some prayers have been written by Pope Francis.
Our daily scripture reading today comes from Saint Matthew’s Gospel. (Matt.11:25) Verse quotation is from the CTS New Catholic Bible version.
“Jesus said, ‘Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for revealing the mysteries of the kingdom to mere children.’ “
Our prayers for today:
Today, I will be keeping a special prayer candle burning for you and will remember you and your prayer intentions before the Lord.
Let us ask…..
Our Lady of the Magnificat, pray for us. Amen.
Our Lady of Sorrows, Mother and Comforter of the Afflicted, pray for us. Amen.
Our Lady of Consolation, pray for us. Amen.
Our Lady of Walsingham, pray for us. Amen.
Mary the Mother of Jesus, Mother of the Church, pray for us. Amen.
Our Lady of Lourdes, Patron of our Archdiocese, Health of the Sick and Comforter of the Afflicted, pray for us. Amen.
Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Beauty of Carmel, pray for us. Amen.
St Joseph, 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 Camillus of Lellis, Patron of the Sick, pray for us. Amen.
St Sebastian, patron of the sick and plagues of disease, pray for us. Amen.
St John Henry Newman, pray for us. Amen.
Blessed Dominic Barberi, pray for us. Amen.
St Therese of Lisieux, the Little Flower of Jesus, pray for us. Amen.
Blessings to you all on this day.