Good morning everyone, hello and I hope that you are well and that your week has been filled with new challenges and exciting opportunities.
As we approach the weekend once more, may this time be a time of rest and refreshment for you and your families. May the Lord in His love bless you and keep you safe.
Welcome to Friday’s Spiritual Lift. May the Holy Spirit guide and inspire you today as you read.
For the final time this week, here are our Weekly Scripture Verses: They are taken from the CTS New Catholic Bible version.
“Jesus said, ‘Your light must shine in the sight of people, so that, seeing your good works, they may give the praise to your Father in heaven.’ ” (Luke 8:16-18)
Today we remember the special Feast day of Our Lady of Walsingham. Here is more information from the Catholic Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham in Norfolk and Walsingham Village.
Prayer to Our Lady of Walsingham:
O Mary, recall the solemn moment when Jesus, your divine son, dying on the cross, confided us to your maternal care. You are our Mother, we desire ever to remain your devout children. let us therefore feel the effects of your powerful intercession with Jesus Christ. make your name again glorious in the shrine once renowned throughout England by your visits, favours, and many miracles.
Pray, O holy mother of God, for the conversion of England, restoration of the sick, consolation for the afflicted, repentance of sinners, peace to the departed.
O blessed Mary, mother of God, our Lady of Walsingham, intercede for us.
The Catholic Week:
On Friday we remember the sufferings and Death of Jesus on the Cross at Calvary for us and for our salvation. May we honour Our Lord today by our lives, and may we offer all our actions, prayers, joys and sorrows to Him to be united with all the intentions of His holy Heart.
O Sacred Heart of Jesus, we place all our trust in you.
We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You; for by Your Holy Cross You have redeemed the world.
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.
Holy Father’s Prayer Intentions – September:
Here is the Holy Father’s Prayer Intentions for the month of September.
Our MAC Prayer:
Our Lady of the Magnificat, Mary the Mother of Jesus, pray for us. 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 – 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:
The Book of Psalms. (Psalm 33:15-19) Our verses come from the CTS New Catholic Bible. ” The LORD turns his eyes to the just and his ears to their appeal. They call and the LORD hears and rescues them in their distress. The LORD is close to the broken-hearted; those whose spirit is crushed he will save. “
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.
Blessings to you all on this day.