Good morning everyone
As we begin another week, let us commit all our plans and hopes for these coming days into our Lord’s loving hands and let us ask Holy Spirit to support, guide and inspire us where we are in our families and School Communities.
Welcome to our Spiritual Lift on this Monday!
Today we remember it is the Octave of Prayer for Christian Unity. This is a special eight days of prayer where Christians of all traditions and denominations come together and pray for increased unity. This week takes us up to the Conversion of Saint Paul the Apostle on 25th January which we celebrate next week. Here is some extra information all about this special week from Wikipedia.
This year’s Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2021 – resources and information from Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (CTBI)
This special week is inspired by the prayer of Jesus Himself as He prayed on the night before His suffering and Death. (John 17:20, 21.) If you’ve never read the entire 17th Chapter of St John’s Gospel before, I recommend it to read, ponder and pray because it is a beautiful account of a wonderful prayer which Jesus prayed which is so relevant for us today.
Additionally, may the prayers of Saint Paul the Apostle accompany us during this special week. The highlighted words remind us that we have received faith from others in the faith going way back to the first Disciples and followers of Jesus and the Lord’s prayer that we as believers in Him we may all be united in one heart and purpose.
Jesus prayed, “I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one. As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.” John 17:20,21
Weekly Scripture Verse:
Our scripture verse for us to ponder and pray for this week comes from the Book of the Psalms(Psalm 32:7) 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.
“You are a hiding place for me, you preserve me from trouble; you surround me with glad cries of deliverance.”
Cycle of Prayer and the Holy Father’s Prayer Intentions:
We are now into Ordinary Time – Winter and here is some more information about the Prayer Cycle from now until the beginning of the Season of Lent. I also include a link to the Holy Father Pope Francis’ Special Prayer Intentions for this month from Missio. www.missio.org.uk
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.
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 119:105)
Lord, your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. Amen.
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 Wonderful Counsellor
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 Peter’s 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 1st Letter of St John the Apostle (1 John 3:1) Quotation taken from the New revised Standard Version (NRSV) Catholic Bible.
“See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are. The reason the world does not know us is that it does not know him.”
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 Paul, Apostle, pray for us. Amen.
All holy men and women, pray for us. Amen.
Blessings to you all on this day.