Good morning everyone and I hope you are well today.
May the Lord in His love support, bless and guide you as you begin a new week. Our weekly scripture for your encouragement and inspiration comes from the Book of Psalms.(Psalm 90:1,2) Let us thank God for the gift of His word to us this week.
“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most-High and abides in the shade of the Almighty, say to the Lord, ‘My refuge, my stronghold, my God in whom I trust.’
Welcome to Monday’s Spiritual Lift. May it be a source of blessing for you as your day begins anew.
Recorded Mass from Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish – YouTube:
Every Monday, I will include a special link to Our Lady of Mount Carmel’s Parish YouTube Channel. This contains all the recordings of the live streamed Masses that take place at 4.30pm online on Sunday afternoons. These are available for anyone who missed the live streaming on Sunday and especially pupils or Staff in school who would like to view again or for the first time to support with RE, Collective Worship and Weekly/Daily Prayer.
The online Masses can be found at this channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXiKn_dZJr_JGuV0CIwnqkQ.
The Month of July is dedicated to the Precious Blood of Jesus and the Love of God for us and towards us.
Traditionally, in the Church during the Month of July, we remember and honour the Precious Blood of Jesus and we give thanks for the eternal and unconditional love that our God has for each one of us.
We can honour Jesus’ love and think about how He suffered for us as we remember His final journey to Calvary where He died, as we join in with the prayers and meditations of the 14 Stations of the Cross. We also call to mind His sufferings and all that happened to Jesus before He went to the Cross in the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Holy Rosary. With each of these particular Mysteries of the Rosary, we remember:
Jesus’ Agony in the Garden; His scourging at the pillar; His crowning with thorns; His carrying of the Cross and His Crucifixion and Death.
Month of July – Precious Blood and the Love of God for us:
“God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him may not perish but may have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)
We can see God’s love in the beauty of creation, our loved ones, family and friends, the good things we enjoy in our lives, our blessings and all we have. In the Sacraments of the Church and especially in the Eucharist, at Mass, we remember the Lord’s love in dying for us on the Cross and the offering of His life for our salvation. Inspired by the love of God, we too should love one another.
How might we show our love for God and for others today?
We can show our love for God by thanking Him for His great love and by showing love, kindness and respect to others as we are all brothers and sisters together.
In praise of God’s great love for us: Verses from the Psalms – The Prayer Book and Hymnal of the Bible:
Every day this month I am going to share a verse with you from one of the most wonderful Psalms. Psalm 135 is a litany of praise to our good, holy and loving God. Today we read verse 4. Let us thank our loving God for His word and His great love for us, which, like a perfect circle has no end.
“(The Lord), who alone has wrought marvellous works, for his great love is without end.” Psalm 135:4
Month of July – Ordinary Time – The Angelus:
In honour of our Blessed Lady, we now continue to say the Angelus all through the year until next Easter. This is a beautiful prayer which is traditionally said every day at 6am, 12noon and 6pm.
It helps us to remember that Jesus Our Lord was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit in Mary’s womb and this great news was given to Mary through the message of the Angel Gabriel to her. Here is a link to this lovely prayer which honours the Son of God becoming human for us in His Incarnation from Our Catholic Prayers.
We are now in Ordinary Time- Summer:
The special colour is green, and this reminds us of the springing up of new life and growth which we can see in creation and nature all around and we have received in our hearts, minds and souls because of the joy and victory of Easter and the promised Gift of the Holy Spirit which we have received.
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.
Holy Father’s Prayer Intentions: July:
Here is the link to the Holy Father Pope Francis’ Special Prayer Intentions for the Month of July from Missio. www.missio.org.uk
Cycle of Prayer – Liturgy Office:
As we are now in Ordinary Time – Summer, here is the link to the fantastic information from the Liturgy Office.
|Cycle of Prayer | Ordinary Time: Summer – Liturgy Office
Prayer. O God, our past and future hope, to you a thousand years are like yesterday, come and gone. Teach us to see the world through your eyes, to recognise the faults of the past, and, however dimly, to see the future with hope. Let us seek out the places of hurt where we can offer your love and compassion. Find the places of darkness and despair where your mercy can bring light and comfort.
Weekly School Community Prayers:
Every week I shall be offering intercessory prayers for each of the MAC School Communities. Every day this week I shall be holding in prayer before the Lord, all the Staff, Pupils, Families and Governors/Directors who belong to the schools within: Saint Bede’s Catholic Middle School.
Daily special candle offered for all MAC Staff, pupils and their families – Summer Term 2- June-July 2021
We are now into Summer Term 2 as we are in the Month of June. Let us continue to ask Our Blessed Lady for help and place all our prayers and petitions into her Immaculate Heart where she will offer them to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
A special candle continues 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 extraordinary and unprecedented days. May your days and weeks go well for you, your pupils, and their families who live and work 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 Saint John’s Gospel. (John 6:63) The Verse quotation is from the CTS New Catholic Bible version.
“Jesus said, ‘It is the Spirit that gives life, the flesh has nothing to offer. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life.’ “
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…..
Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, pray for us. Amen.
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us. Amen.
Our Lady, Mary, Help of Christians, 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 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.
Blessings to you all on this day.