Good morning everyone, hello and I hope you are well today.
May the Lord go before us to lead us, beside us to encourage and strengthen us and above us to protect us as we go into a new week and a new month.
Welcome to Monday’s Spiritual Lift. May it be a source of blessing and encouragement for you today.
Month of February: Prayer and preparation for Lent-Holy Eucharist and Sacred Passion of the Lord.
Today we begin a new month and prayer focus. The Month of February takes us into the Season of Lent. This year, Ash Wednesday will be on February 17th. Traditionally, February is dedicated to the spiritual preparation for Lent by focusing and meditating upon the precious gift of the Lord’s Body and Blood and the Holy Eucharist and His many Sufferings and Death in His Sacred Passion.
A beautiful prayer we can pray every day of February and going into the Season of Lent to help us is the Divine Mercy Chaplet. This prayer is traditionally prayed at the Hour of Mercy which is 3pm every day, and is the time when Jesus died on the Cross. More information about this devotion can be found here in the link below and how to pray it.
You can pray this Chaplet on a set of ordinary Rosary beads, and it is traditional for each of the five sets of beads as we pray the prayers to either remember:
The Five Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary:
(The Agony in the Garden; The Scourging at the pillar; The Crowning with thorns; The Carrying of the Cross; The Crucifixion and Death of Jesus) or The Five Sacred Wounds of Jesus: (His pierced Hands and Feet and Heart/Side.)
Praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet reminds us of God’s wonderful and deep love for us because in John 3:16 NRSV Catholic Edition we read, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.”
God’s love and mercy is deep and everlasting. During this month of February, let us draw closer to our loving God and thank Him for all that He is as we seek to grow in our love and faith.
Today we remember Saint Brigid of Ireland. She is also known as Brigit, Bridget and Brigid of Kildare. Here is some information about her from www.catholic.org
Weekly Scripture Verse:
Our scripture verse for us to ponder and pray for this week comes from St Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians: (Eph. 5:19) This verse is taken from the New Revised Standard Version of the Scriptures (NRSV) Catholic Edition. Let us give thanks to the Lord for the precious gift of His Word, the Bible. May it guide and strengthen us in these days. Be encouraged as our God speaks to us. May these words help us as we begin another day and week in Lockdown.
“…sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, singing and making melody to the Lord in your hearts.”
Cycle of Prayer and the Holy Father’s Prayer Intentions:
We continue our journey of faith into Ordinary Time – Winter and here is some more information about the Prayer Cycle from now until the beginning of the Season of Lent which will begin on 17th February with Ash Wednesday. I also include a link to the Holy Father Pope Francis’ Special Prayer Intentions for the month of February from Missio. www.missio.org.uk We ask for the prayers of Saint Josephine Bakhita during this month also in union with this intention.
During Ordinary Time (Winter) up to the Season of Lent, we are encouraged to pray for some new prayer intentions at this time of year with the whole Church.
More details are here for you to access from the Liturgy Office website.
Our prayer this month: Prayers taken from the Divine Mercy Chaplet.
Eternal Father, I offer you the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity, of Your dearly Beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and the sins of the whole world. Amen.
For the sake of His Sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world. Amen.
Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world. Amen.
Weekly School Community Prayers:
Every week I shall be offering intercessory prayers when I access daily Mass online for each of the MAC School Communities. Every day this week I shall be holding in prayer before the Lord, all the Staff, Pupils, Families and Governors/Directors who belong to: Saint Bede’s Catholic Middle School.
Daily special candle offered for all MAC Staff, pupils and their families – Spring Term 1- January-February 2021.
As we continue on our journey through this Half Term, as we live in these uncertain and trying days both here in our school Communities 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.
A special candle continues to burn again for us all in honour of Our Lady of Lourdes and the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph. May they keep us all safe and well in these days of trial perplexity and confusion. 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.
Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, pray for us. Amen
Our daily scripture reading today comes from Saint Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians (Eph.3:14-17) Quotation taken from the New revised Standard Version (NRSV) Catholic Bible.
“For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth takes its name. I pray that, according to the riches of his glory, he may grant that you may be strengthened in your inner being with power through the Spirit, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted and grounded in love.”
Our prayers for today:
Today, I will be keeping a candle burning for your intentions and will remember you and your prayer intentions at daily Mass online.
Let us ask…..
Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, 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 Faustina Kowalska, Apostle of Divine Mercy, pray for us. Amen.
St Brigid of Kildare, pray for us. Amen.
St Josephine Bakhita, pray for us. Amen.
Blessings to you all on this day.