Hello everyone, hope you are well today as we begin our final week of this Term.

Welcome to Monday’s Spiritual Lift. May you be blessed and encouraged as you read today.

Weekly Advent Scripture:

Here is our Scripture for this week. We are now in the third week of Advent and yesterday we lit the rose/pink coloured candle – the candle of Joy – as we celebrated Gaudete or Rejoicing Sunday on our Advent wreath.  This reminds us that Jesus is not far away – His Birth is just around the corner.  He is coming soon!  Let us continue our Advent preparation and welcome Him into our hearts again this Christmas time. Our verses this week come from the prophet Zephaniah. 

(Zeph 3:14, 18)

“Shout for joy, daughter of Zion, Israel, shout aloud! Rejoice, exult, with all your heart, daughter of Jerusalem.  The Lord your God is in your midst, a victorious warrior.  He will exult with joy over you, he will renew you by his love, he will dance with shouts of joy for you as on a day of festival.”

Today we remember Saint Lucy.  

Daily Advent Calendar:

Every day we shall open our Advent Calendar which has a scripture which tells the story of the first Christmas, and we can reflect in each of the readings upon during this lovely Season of Hope, Light and expectation!  .

Today as we open our window on the Advent Calendar today, 13th December, the symbol and picture on our 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 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.  Those who were wise sought Jesus…will we too? 

Our Advent prayer during this month:  Maranatha! Come, Lord Jesus!  

(Mar’anatha – Aramaic – the Language Jesus would have spoken – which means, come, Lord Jesus! Revelation 22:20 and c.f. 1 Corinthians 16:22d) 

Advent 2021:

We continue on our Advent journey.   We are encouraged to prepare our hearts for the Birth of Our Lord Jesus at Christmas and we look forward with joy and hopeful expectation in the days ahead.  May we grow closer to the Lord in this lovely Season and remember God’s love for each one of us as He gave us His Son, Jesus to be our Saviour. The special colours of the Season are purple/violet and rose pink. Here is some information from the Liturgy Office.

Cycle of Prayer- Liturgy Office Advent:

Liturgical Calendar | Season of Advent (liturgyoffice.org.uk)

Liturgical Calendar | Season of Advent – Liturgy Office

Advent has a twofold character: for it is a time of preparation for the Solemnities of Christmas, in which the First Coming of the Son of God to humanity is remembered; and likewise when, by remembrance of this, minds and hearts are led to look forward to Christ’s Second Coming at the end of time.

www.liturgyoffice.org.uk

Advent Jesse Tree:

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.   May this help you reflect and pray with the Jesse Tree devotions. It is taken from Catholic Culture all about this beautiful Advent devotion.

Liturgical Year : Activities : Jesse Tree Symbols | Catholic Culture

Holy Father’s Prayer Intentions – December. Let us join in prayer with Pope Francis during this joyful Advent Season. 

Pope’s Prayer Intention – December 2021 – Missio

Our MAC Prayer: 

Our Lady of the Magnificat, Mary the Mother of Jesus, pray for us.  Amen.

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 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. 

St Lucy, pray for us.  Amen. 

Blessings to you all on this day.

Miss Downes

 

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