Hello everyone, good morning to you.
Blessings to you all as we begin another week. During the days that follow, may we choose to lean fully into our God and draw close to His loving heart as we begin our day, trusting that He loves us and works all things for our good and for His honour and glory.
Welcome to Monday’s Spiritual Lift.
Today we remember Saint Aelred of Rievaulx. He was an English Monk who lived in the 12th Century. Here is some information about St Aelred from www.catholic.org
Epiphany to Candlemas celebrations:
There are some Christian folks who like to celebrate the full 40 days of Christmastide through Epiphany ending at Candlemas on 2nd February.
Candlemas is the Feast when we remember the Infant Jesus being presented in the Temple in Jerusalem. There will be more about the Feast of Candlemas later on, to follow in the Spiritual Lifts. On this day, it is traditional for the candles which will be used for Mass and other services in the Church to be blessed for the year ahead as we celebrate that just as Jesus is the Light for all people, we too can shine as lights in the world for God wherever we are.
Using special prayers, readings and Carols as well as praying the Angelus prayer during these 40 days can help to keep in mind the Incarnation of Jesus the Son of God, who chose to become a Man and who shared our humanity when He lived among us.
These 40 days also lead us to the days before the start of Lent and can be a fruitful way of preparing for this penitential Season.
This was the normal practice for many Christians up until the 19th Century, and many today practice these 40 days of devotions.
Yesterday it was the Solemnity of the Baptism of the Lord.
It is also the Feast which signals the end of the Christmas Season and Epiphany-tide. Today we will enter Ordinary Time – Winter.
Following the cycle of the Liturgical Year and the Cycle of prayer link here:
Here is a reflection I’ve come across recently written by Bishop Donald Hying from www.simplycatholic.com all about the Baptism of the Lord Jesus in the river Jordan.
Daily Candle for Teams in school today.
A special candle will be offered today for all involved with the Monday Teams working and learning in our School Communities- Pupils, Staff and their families.
Our ‘candle’ prayer this week: Taken from the Book of the Psalms (Psalm 18:28)
It is you who light my lamp;
the Lord, my God, lights up my darkness.”
Weekly Scripture Verse:
Our scripture verse for us to ponder and pray for this week comes from the Second Letter of St Paul to the Christians in Corinth (2 Corinthians 4:18) 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 week in lockdown.
“…we look not at what can be seen but at what cannot be seen; for what can be seen is temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal.”
Month of January.
During the month of January, we focus on the Holy Childhood of Jesus and the Names and Titles of Jesus.
During this month we can offer special prayers to the Infant Jesus. It is one of the mysteries of our faith that our powerful and eternal God chose to be born as a Man for us here on earth and Jesus was found in human form as a little baby who had to grow as the years went by, just as we do.
He became like us in all things except sin. As an infant, Jesus was little, helpless and weak for He wanted to be with us as He is our Immanuel, God-With-Us. Whatever we face today and going forward into this New Year, Jesus is with and walks beside us, sometimes carrying us gently in His loving arms when we are unable to stand.
Our prayer this month:
To the Divine Infant of Prague, Our Lord Jesus. Please see the link below.
Our Name and Title of Jesus for today:
Jesus, The Way, The Truth and The Life.
Weekly School Community Prayers:
Every week I shall be offering intercessory prayers when I access daily Mass online for each of the School Communities and MAC Schools starting today. 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 Thomas More Catholic First School.
Daily special candle offered for all MAC Staff, pupils and their families – Spring Term 1- January-February 2021.
As we begin a new calendar year and journey into a new 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.
Every day this week and throughout the whole of the Spring Term 1, a special candle will continue 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 the Letter to the Hebrews.(Heb.1:8) Quotation taken from the New revised Standard Version (NRSV) Catholic Bible.
“And of the Son, he, (God) says, ‘Your throne, O God, is for ever and ever and the righteous sceptre is the sceptre of your kingdom.”
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…..
Lord Jesus Christ, Our Divine Infant King, have mercy on us and help us. Amen.
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 Aelred of Rievaulx, pray for us. Amen.
Blessings to you all on this day.