Hello everyone, good morning to you.  Hope your week has gone well for you.  May the Lord in His love provide a special, safe and relaxing weekend.

Welcome to Friday’s Spiritual Lift.

Our weekly scripture to ponder this week comes from: St John’s Gospel (John 15:12) Quotation taken from the CTS New Catholic Bible.

Jesus said, “This is My commandment; love one another as I have loved you.”

Month of November:

November is the special month dedicated to praying for the Holy Souls, the faithful departed, our deceased loved ones, friends, and neighbours. It is also the month of Remembrance.  

During this month of November, let us pause and remember to pray for all those who have died and especially during these past few months in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic.  Let us remember all those who have lost their lives due to COVID19, in England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and in all countries of the world.  May the Lord grant them eternal rest, light and peace within His Heavenly Kingdom and give comfort and help to their loved ones in these days.

Our prayer this month:

Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them, may they rest in peace.  Amen.

Special Scripture reading for the Month of November:

Every day during this month I am sharing a scripture which we can pray about and reflect upon as we bring before the Lord our deceased loved ones and those whom we know who have died.  Today’s Scripture comes from: The Second Book of the Maccabees. (Macc 12:44,45) Quotation taken from the CTS New Catholic Bible.

This is quite a complex reading but this reading from the Book of Maccabees reminds us that it is a good and holy thing to pray often for the souls of the dead.  We ask that they might enter eternal bliss in heaven with the Lord.  We believe that Jesus of course, made the ultimate atonement sacrifice, when He gave up His life for us as He Himself suffered death on the cross and rose again from the dead.

“For if he(Judas Maccabeaus- the Jewish Leader),had not expected the fallen to rise again it would have been superfluous and foolish to pray for the dead, whereas, if he had in view the splendid recompense reserved for those who make a pious end, the thought was holy and devout.  This was why he had this atonement sacrifice offered for the dead,(cf. Leviticus 4:26, 35)so that they might be released from their sins.”

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 Lady of Mount Carmel are currently organising the following times of private individual prayer during these days when public worship has been suspended once again.

On Saturday and Sunday at 11am there is Eucharistic Adoration and silent prayer before Our Lord Jesus in the Monstrance displayed on the Altar in church.

On Sunday at 4.30pm each week, Father Tony is live streaming Mass at this time.  

For further details about these prayer opportunities please do check the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish Website for more information.

Additionally, your local Catholic Parish may be offering similar services and prayer times.  Please do check their Websites too for further details.

Our daily scripture reading today comes from: St Luke’s Gospel (Luke 19: 41,42) Quotation taken from the CTS New Catholic Bible.

Jesus’ lament and weeping over the City of Jerusalem. Our loving Lord foresaw the destruction of the Temple by the Roman Army around the year 70AD and the sorrow that would befall the inhabitants of this holy and great City.   They misunderstood who Jesus was as Israel’s promised King, the Messiah of God, and failed to see their salvation in Person, but rejected the Lord Jesus and the saving love and mercy He offered.

“As he drew near and came in sight of the city, he shed tears over it and said, ‘If you in your turn had only understood on this day the message of peace! But, alas, it is hidden from your eyes!”

Our prayers for today: 

Today, I will be keeping a candle burning for your intentions.

During this month of November – our prayer each day is taken from the Liturgy of the Office for the Dead.

Remember Lord, those who have died and have gone before us, marked with the sign of faith, especially those for whom we now pray: 

(….pause here to call to mind those for whom you wish to pray and offer to God….)

May these and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.  Amen.

Let us ask…..

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.

All Holy Men and Women, pray for us.  Amen

St Gertrude the Great, intercessor for the Holy Souls in Purgatory, pray for us.  Amen.

Blessings to you all on this day.

Miss Downes




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