Hello everyone, good morning. I hope that you have had a fruitful and enriching week.

As we approach the weekend, let us give thanks for all that we have enjoyed over the past week.  May the Lord in His kindness and love bless us as we shall spend time with our families and friends and may it be a refreshing and a restful time for us.

Welcome to Friday’s Spiritual Lift.  May it be a source of blessing and encouragement for you.

Today we remember Saint Ambrose Barlow.  He is one of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales who died for their faith in Christ during the 16th and 17th Centuries.  We give thanks to God for his life of prayer, faith, hope and courage.

We also remember Saint Nicholas Tolentino today.  Here is some information about him from www.catholic.org.

Saints Fun Facts: St. Nicholas of Tolentino – Saints & Angels – Catholic Online

September is traditionally dedicated to The Holy Cross of Jesus, Our Lady of Sorrows and Care of the earth and creation.   

During this month, we see the Liturgical colour -Green -on our prayer tables/spaces and shelves in our classrooms and around school.  We reflect upon God’s goodness to us in creation and especially as we gather in the Harvest, and we thank God for the many blessings we receive day by day from Him.  

Prayer and Reflection for Creation:

From 1st September until 4th October (The Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi) this special season of prayer, reflection and thanksgiving for creation will continue. 

Pope Francis encourages us to treat the earth, each other and our planet home with the greatest respect and do all we can to protect and preserve them in his 2nd Encyclical Letter, ‘Laudato Si’ published in 2015, with the subtitle, “On care for our common home.”  If you can, find a copy of this wonderful book and read it slowly and prayerfully. 

During September, we honour the Holy Cross of Jesus.  We give thanks for the love of God which was shown so clearly in the gift of Jesus Christ His Son, our Lord, through His Life, Death and Resurrection.  We also honour Our Lady’s Seven Sorrows which she experienced throughout her lifetime. We will honour the feast of The Exaltation of the Holy Cross of Jesus on September 14th and Our Lady of Sorrows on September 15th.

Our scripture reading for this week comes from the Book of Psalms(Psalm 61:2)

“In God alone is my soul at rest; my help comes from him, he alone is my rock, my stronghold, my fortress: I stand firm.”

Holy Father’s Prayer Intentions – September:

Here is the Holy Father’s Prayer Intentions for the month of September.

Pope’s prayer intention – September 2021 – Missio

Our MAC Prayer: The Magnificat.

Once again for the final time this week,  here is the Magnificat prayer which is the beautiful song of praise that is attributed to Our Blessed Lady.

The Magnificat (I magnify and praise God) is taken from St Luke’s Gospel (Luke 1:46-55) This is traditionally prayed every day by priests, monks, nuns and lay people as part of the Divine Office or Liturgy of the Hours – the Prayer of the Church – at Evening Prayer or Vespers.  Let us ask Our Lady for her prayers, Motherly love, support and guidance as we start back into our new School Year.

Our Lady of the Magnificat, pray for us.  Amen.

My Soul glorifies the Lord, 

my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour. 

He looks on His servant in her lowliness; 

henceforth all ages will call be blessed. 

The Almighty works marvels for me. 

Holy His Name! 

His mercy is from age to age, 

on those who fear Him. 

He puts forth His arm in strength 

and scatters the proud-hearted. 

He casts the mighty from their thrones 

and raises the lowly. 

He fills the starving with good things, 

sends the rich away empty. 

He protects Israel, His servant, 

Remembering His mercy, 

the mercy promised to our fathers, 

to Abraham and his servants for ever.  Amen. 

We are now 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 (liturgyoffice.org.uk)

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.

www.liturgyoffice.org.uk

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.

Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales (cbcew.org.uk)

Here are some special prayers we can say during the Year of Saint Joseph.  These are from www.ourcatholicprayers.com

Prayers to St. Joseph: To the Most Loving of Fathers (ourcatholicprayers.com)

Saint Joseph, pray for us! Amen.

Our daily scripture reading today comes from the Book of Psalms. (Psalm 15:1,2) Verse quotation is from the CTS New Catholic Bible version.

“Preserve me, God, I take refuge in you.  I say to the Lord: ‘You are my God.  My happiness lies in you alone.’ “

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 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 Ambrose Barlow, pray for us.  Amen.

St Nicholas of Tolentino, pray for us.  Amen. 

Blessings to you all on this day.

Miss Downes

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