Hello everyone, good morning to you.
I hope your week has gone well for you. May the Lord in His love bless your weekend and keep you and your loved ones safe.
Welcome to Friday’s Spiritual Lift.
Season of Advent 2020:
As we continue into Week 2 of Advent, our scripture reading this week for prayer and reflection comes from: St Mark’s Gospel (Mark 1:2-4) Quotation taken from the CTS New Catholic Bible.
“It is written in the book of the Prophet Isaiah :‘Look, I am going to send my messenger before you; he will prepare your way: A voice cries in the wilderness: Prepare a way for the Lord, make his paths straight’, and so it was that John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.”
Today we remember Saint Damasus, I. Here is some information about him and a video from www.catholic.org.
Season of Advent 2020:
We are continuing our journey through the joyful and hopeful Season of Advent.
A lovely tradition within the Church is to pray and reflect on the Family Tree of Jesus Christ Our Lord and Saviour. It is called a ‘Jesse Tree’ and with prayers, scripture readings and reflections, along with symbols relating to each day of the devotion these are hung on a tree throughout December and the Season of Advent. The ‘Jesse Tree’ links us up with the Genealogy – the Family line -of Jesus as recorded in St Matthew’s Gospel, all the way from Abraham to Jesus Himself. (Matthew 1:1-16)
The ‘tree’ can be either a paper one, the main Christmas Tree in the family room or a special little tree, made from evergreens for this use.
It is called a ‘Jesse Tree’, because Jesse was the father of King David, and Jesus is related to King David because He is of the Family Line and House of David through St Joseph. This was part of the Lord’s plan for our redemption and salvation through Jesus. St Joseph, foster-father and guardian of Jesus and Husband of Mary, Our Lady, was of the Family Line of David, which is why Jesus was born in Bethlehem because David’s Line originated here. Here is some information about this devotion and tradition in the link below.
Here is the link again for you to help you reflect and pray with the Jesse Tree devotions.
Month of December:
Following the cycle of the Liturgical Year and the Cycle of prayer link here:
During the month of December, we are encouraged to read and discover the many treasures of God’s Word, the Holy Scriptures and pray for Expectant Mothers, especially as we remember Our Lady as she carried the unborn Jesus, we pray also for Migrants and Refugees. As we read and ponder the first Christmas and Epiphany with the journeys undertaken by the Holy Family, we remember that they too were migrants to Bethlehem from Nazareth and later from Bethlehem to Egypt and then from Egypt back to Nazareth many years later.
Our prayer this month:
(Mar’anatha – Aramaic – the language Jesus would have spoken – which means, come, Lord Jesus! Revelation 22:20 and c.f. 1 Corinthians 16:22d)
Maranatha! Come, Lord Jesus!
Our daily Advent scripture today comes from: The Book of the Prophet Isaiah (Isaiah 48:17) Quotation taken from the CTS New Catholic Bible.
“Thus says the Lord, your redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: ‘I, the Lord your God, teach you what is good for you, I lead you in the way that you must go.’ “
We now begin to count down to the day when we remember Jesus’ first coming at Christmas. The Son of God chose to become a tiny baby, born in Bethlehem, wrapped in cloths and laid in a manger in a stable. Although He is the King above all kings, Jesus chose to be born in poverty to make us spiritually rich. He was there in the stable because there was no room for Him and Mary and Joseph in the Inn as the first Roman Census was taking place.
Advent Calendar picture today and scripture to help us pause, ponder, pray and reflect. Our scripture is taken from the CTS New Catholic Bible.
Today as we open our window on the Advent Calendar today, 11th December, the symbol and picture on our virtual Calendar is of the three wise men looking at the new star that has appeared in the sky.
Our scripture verses today come from St Matthew’s Gospel (Matt 2:1-2)and are taken from CTS New Catholic Bible.
“After Jesus had been born at Bethlehem in Judaea during the reign of King Herod, some wise men came to Jerusalem from the east. ‘Where is the infant king of the Jews?’ They asked, ‘We saw his star as it rose and have come to do him homage.’ “
Today as we open our window on our virtual Advent Calendar, we meet the Magi or Wise Men who brought the Infant Jesus the gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. They came from the east and sought Jesus as they wanted to come and worship Him. They were guided by a new star which appeared in the sky and they may have been learned men and astronomers. As they read their star-charts, they knew that this new star was of great significance and had special importance attached to it. They travelled hundreds of miles to come and find Jesus and they were overjoyed to see Him. As we continue through our Advent journey, may we, like the Wise Men, have the desire to seek Jesus and when we have found Him, come and worship Him. For when we seek Him with all of our heart, we will truly find Him. Wise Men sought Jesus…will we too?
Daily special candle offered for MAC Staff, pupils and their families – Autumn Term 2- November-December 2020.
As we continue to journey forth into a new Half Term and as we live in these uncertain and trying days both here in our school Communities and in our day to day lives in our families, neighbourhoods and wider communities, let us continue to place all our prayers and petitions into Our Lady’s hands. Every day this week and throughout the whole of this Half Term, a special candle will burn again for us all in honour of Our Lady of Lourdes. May she keep us all safe and well under her protective mantle. May your days and weeks 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.
Our daily scripture reading today comes from: The Book of Psalms (Psalm 9:1-3) Quotation taken from the CTS New Catholic Bible.
“I will praise you Lord, with all my heart; I will recount all your wonders. I will rejoice in you and be glad, and sing psalms to your name, O Most High.”
Our prayers for today:
Today, I will be keeping a candle burning for your intentions.
Let us ask…..
Our Lady, Mary, the Immaculate Conception, pray for us. Amen.
Our Lady of Consolation, 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 and our MAC, 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 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 Damasus I, Pope, pray for us. Amen.
Blessings to you all on this day.