Hello everyone, good morning to you. Hope you are well today.
May the Lord guide, inspire and lead you as we approach a new week. May it be a week of blessings for you.
Our Scripture for this week comes from the Book of the Prophet Zechariah. (Zech 8:8) Our verses are taken from the CTS New Catholic Bible.
“The LORD of hosts says this, ‘I will bring them (my people) back to live inside Jerusalem. They shall be my people and I will be their God in faithfulness and integrity.’ “
Welcome to our Spiritual Lift for Monday.
Today we remember Saint Vincent de Paul. Saint Vincent de Paul was born in France on 24 April 1581. Saint Vincent was a French Catholic priest who devoted his life to serve, minister to and care for the poor, the suffering, the unloved and the most unfortunate people in society. He founded the Congregation of the Mission and Daughters of Charity of Saint Vincent de Paul along with Saint Louise de Marillac. He was canonized (made a Saint of the Church) in 1737. Inspired by his life, prayers and example of service, may we seek to become true children of Our Heavenly Father who loves all people and cares for the poor. God’s heart for the poor is a resounding theme throughout Scripture.
Here are some special prayers in honour of the life, faith and legacy of Saint Vincent de Paul. www.daily-prayers.org.
The Catholic Week:
Monday is dedicated to the Holy Spirit and the Holy Souls.
Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Your faithful and kindle in them the fire of Your love.
Send forth Your Spirit and they shall be created, and You shall renew the face of the earth.
O God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever enjoy His consolations. Through Christ Our Lord. Amen.
Prayer for the Holy Souls – the De Profundis:
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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.
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 Saint Luke’s Gospel. (Luke 8:48) Verse quotation is from the CTS New Catholic Bible version. The words of Jesus for us today.
“Anyone who welcomes this little child in my name welcomes me; and anyone who welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. For the least among you all is the one who is great.”
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 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 Vincent de Paul, pray for us. Amen.
St Louise de Marillac, pray for us. Amen.
Blessings to you all on this day.