Good morning everyone, hello and I hope you are well and ready for your new week ahead.

Welcome to Monday’s Spiritual Lift.

Season of Advent 2020:

Weekly Scripture for Advent Week 3.

We are now starting Week 3 of Advent, and we are encouraged to rejoice! The Latin word for rejoice during Advent is ‘Gaudete’. Our God is coming to save us, and He will be called Immanuel, God-With-Us.   Our scripture reading this week for prayer and reflection comes from: St John’s Gospel (John 1:6-9) Quotation taken from the CTS New Catholic Bible.  St John the Baptist is the herald for Jesus to come.  St John speaks for Jesus Who is to come and points us towards His coming to us, the Messiah, God’s chosen and promised Ruler, our Lord and Saviour.

“A man came, sent by God.  His name was John.   He came as a witness, as a witness to speak for the light, so that everyone might believe through him.  He was not the light, only a witness to speak for the light.  The Word was the true light, that enlightens all.”

Today we remember Saint John of the Cross. Here is some information about him from

Season of Advent 2020:

The joyful and hopeful Season of Advent.  Jesse Tree Devotions.

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.

Here is the link again for you to help you reflect and pray with the Jesse Tree devotions.

Month of December:

Following the cycle of the Liturgical Year and the Cycle of prayer link here:

During the month of December, we are encouraged to read and discover the many treasures of God’s Word, the Holy Scriptures and pray for Expectant Mothers, especially as we remember Our Lady as she carried the unborn Jesus, we pray also for Migrants and Refugees.  As we read and ponder the first Christmas and Epiphany with the journeys undertaken by the Holy Family, we remember that they too were migrants to Bethlehem from Nazareth and later from Bethlehem to Egypt and then from Egypt back to Nazareth many years later.

Our prayer this month:

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

Maranatha! Come, Lord Jesus! 

Our daily Advent scripture today comes from: The Book of the Prophet Isaiah (Isaiah 61:1,2)  Quotation taken from the CTS New Catholic Bible.

“The spirit of the Lord has been given to me, for the Lord has anointed me.  He has sent me to bring good news to the poor, to bind up hearts that are broken; to proclaim liberty to captives. freedom to those in prison; to proclaim a year of favour from the Lord, a day of vengeance for our God.”

We are continuing to count down to the day when we remember Jesus’ first coming at Christmas. Our journey is nearly complete! Let us remember how the Son of God chose to become a tiny baby, born in Bethlehem, wrapped in cloths and laid in a manger in a stable.  Although He is the King above all kings, Jesus chose to be born in poverty to make us spiritually rich.  He was there in the stable because there was no room for Him and Mary and Joseph in the Inn as the first Roman Census was taking place. May we draw close to His loving heart as we journey through Advent to the Feast of His Birth for us at Christmas.

Advent Calendar picture today and scripture to help us pause, ponder, pray and reflect.  Our scripture is taken from the CTS New Catholic Bible. 

Today as we open our window on the Advent Calendar today,14th December, the symbol and picture on our virtual Calendar is of a picture of the little town of Bethlehem with the bright star shining in the sky over it.  

Our scripture verses today taken from the CTS New Catholic Bible come from St Luke’s Gospel (Lk 2:11)

“Today, in the town of David, a saviour has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.”

Today as we open the window on our Advent Calendar, we hear again the wonderful message of the angels.  Our Saviour, Jesus, has been born for us.  He has come for us and to us. As we get closer to the remembrance and the celebration of His Birth once again, let us rejoice that we have a wonderful God who is our loving Saviour.  Our good God, led by the love in His merciful heart, saw that we were in need of salvation which only He can bring and so He chose to give up His heavenly throne to be born in a stable and laid in a manger.

Daily special candle offered for MAC Staff, pupils and their families – Autumn Term 2- November-December 2020.

As we continue to journey forth into a new Half Term and as we live in these uncertain and trying days both here in our school Communities and 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 this Half Term, a special candle will burn again for us all in honour of Our Lady of Lourdes.  May she keep us all safe and well under her protective mantle.  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.

Our daily scripture reading today comes from: The Book of the Prophet Isaiah (Isaiah 61:10,11) Quotation taken from the CTS New Catholic Bible.

” I exult for joy in the Lord, my soul rejoices in my God, for he has clothed me in the garments of salvation, he has wrapped me in the cloak of integrity, like a bridegroom wearing his wreath, like a bride adorned in her jewels.  For as the earth makes fresh things grow, as a garden makes seeds spring up, so will the Lord make both integrity and praise spring up in the sight of the nations.”

Our prayers for today: 

Today, I will be keeping a candle burning for your intentions.

Let us ask…..

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 John of the Cross, pray for us.  Amen.

Blessings to you all on this day.

Miss Downes




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