Hello everyone, good morning and I hope you are well today.
May the Lord by His Holy Spirit guide and inspire you as you begin a new week. This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it!
Our Scripture for this week comes from the Book of Psalms. (Psalm 27:7) Our verses this week come from the CTS New Catholic Bible.
“The LORD is my strength and my shield: in him my heart trusts. I was helped, my heart rejoices and I praise him with my song.”
Welcome to our Spiritual Lift for Monday. May it bless and encourage you today.
Today we remember Saint John Chrysostum. He was a saint from the 4th Century. His name means, the “One with the golden mouth and tongue” because Saint John spoken eloquently about the Lord and the Good News of Jesus to everyone he met. As we consider our Catholic Virtues and Values this Half Term – Eloquent and Truthful, how might we be inspired to be like Saint John Chrysostum today, this week and this Half Term?
Here is some more information about him as we begin our day today.
The Catholic Week:
Did you know that each day of the week has a special meaning attached to it and a special theme for prayer?
Monday is dedicated to the Holy Spirit and the Holy Souls. Here is some more information about this from fisheaters.com.
Our prayers for the day as we ponder these themes:
Breathe into me, Holy Spirit, that my thoughts may all be holy.
Move in me, Holy Spirit, that my work too may be holy.
Attract my heart, Holy Spirit, that I may love what is holy.
Strengthen me, Holy Spirit, that I may defend all that is holy.
Protect me, Holy Spirit, that I may always be holy. Amen A prayer by Saint Augustine of Hippo.
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon them.
May they rest in peace. Amen.
May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
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. We will honour the feast of The Exaltation of the Holy Cross of Jesus tomorrow, 14th September and Our Lady of Sorrows on Wednesday, 15th September.
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
Saint Joseph, pray for us! Amen.
Our daily scripture reading today comes from the Book of Psalms. (Psalm 8,9) Verse quotation is from the CTS New Catholic Bible version.
“The Lord is the strength of his people, the stronghold where his anointed finds salvation. Save your people; bless Israel your heritage. Be their shepherd and carry them for ever. “
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 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.
St John Chrysostum, pray for us. Amen.
Blessings to you all on this day.