Good morning everyone! 

Welcome to today’s spiritual lift for Thursday.  May it bless and encourage you. Today we begin a new month, and we have a new focus and some new themes! 

Once again, for your reading, pondering and prayer, here are the special scripture verses for this week.  Our verses come from Saint John’s Gospel. (John 8:12)

Let us thank God for the gift of His word to us this week.

“Jesus said, ‘I am the light of the world.  Anyone who follows me will have the light of life.’ “

Today we remember Saint Oliver Plunkett. 

Here is some information about him from www.catholic.org.

Today Saint Oliver’s feast day is a special one in Ireland and he is the patron of Peace and Reconciliation in Ireland.   

https://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=372

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 135is a litany of praise to our good, holy and loving God.  Today we begin at verse 1.  Let us thank our loving God for His word and His great love for us, which, like a perfect circle has no end.

“Alleluia! O give thanks to the Lord for he is good, for his great love is without end.” Psalm 135:1

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.

https://www.ourcatholicprayers.com/the-angelus.html

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.

Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales (cbcew.org.uk)

Here are some special prayers we can say during the Year of Saint Joseph.  These are from www.ourcatholicprayers.com

Prayers to St. Joseph: To the Most Loving of Fathers (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

https://missio.org.uk/pope-francis-july-prayer-intention/

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.

https://www.liturgyoffice.org.uk/Calendar/Cycle/SummerCP.shtml

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 Peter’s Catholic First 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

Keeping Jesus company in the Blessed Sacrament – Holy Hour for Coronavirus Pandemic this evening. 8-9pm.  We will be meeting together again tonight in a spirit of community and prayer from 8-9pm.  Once again at 8pm this evening, I invite you if you are able to join with me, I will be holding my Holy Hour with the Lord online in the Blessed Sacrament again this evening from 8-9pm.   

You can access Eucharistic Adoration online by simply typing in “Eucharistic Adoration” into your browser or click on the site I use which is www.savior.org.  As before, you are most welcome to join in with me if you are able. Please do consider joining in yourself at home if you can, even if it is only for a few moments to offer a prayer or thought during 8-9pm.    

Tonight, let us remember before the Lord those who are struggling in these days and who carry heavy burdens because of the pandemic.  Let us remember those parts of our world where the virus is quickly spreading and is causing great suffering. Let us continue to remember the people of India and other nations struggling with rising cases and deaths in these days.  Let us remember to keep all the peoples in our world and global Community affected by the virus in our prayers.  

We continue to pray for those in the UK who have recently tested positive for COVID 19 and those who are in hospitals, care homes and their own homes. We remember especially all those 128,000 plus souls who have died from this disease and their loved ones. May they rest in God’s peace and love in His eternal Kingdom. 

We pray for the Administrations/Governments of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland as they Govern their people and work for the common good of all.  May the light of the Holy Spirit help and guide them as they consider the way forward in these days. 

We pray for our Nation as we take the small steps and begin to enjoy some of the lifting of restrictions. 

We commit into Our Lord’s loving Hands the next few days, weeks and months ahead, trusting in His deep love and care for us.  May our loving God walk beside us and draw especially close to us all.  He is our loving Heavenly Father, and we can fully trust Him because He is always faithful, dependable and true. 

Suggested Prayer points:  

(i) We continue to hold up in prayer those who are sick, suffering and those who have died.  

(ii) We pray for those who care for them, their friends and families. May our loving Lord draw close to all NHS Medical and Care Staff in need of refreshment, strength to continue and personal support in mind, body and spirit.  

(iii)We pray for those who suffer also in mind and spirit and ask that they may receive the help and support they need from the Lord and His Church on earth and those dedicated to care for them in the Medical profession. 

(iv) May people be caring and continue to be mindful of others as they remember to observe social distancing and safety guidelines.  

(v) We pray for England as we continue to proceed with the Government’s road-map of lifting restrictions and proceeding towards returning to a sense of normality with cautious approaches. 

(vi) We pray also for the other devolved Nations of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland as they continue to lift restrictions and begin to return to some sense of normality albeit with caution. 

(vii) We pray for those businesses which have yet to re-open or which had to close down again, and we pray for those who are still furloughed or who have lost their jobs. May the Lord help and guide them to find employment.  

(viii) We give thanks for the breakthroughs in medical research and tests still going ahead. We ask that the Lord may continue to bless and inspire our Medical Researchers, Doctors and Scientists as they work together for the good of all people. May He grant them continued success. 

(ix) We give thanks for the news that the coronavirus vaccines have now been given to those most vulnerable and other groups most at risk are now beginning to receive their first dose of the vaccine. 

(x) We give thanks for all the vaccination Centres, Pharmacists and Pharmacies, volunteers, Armed Forces Personnel and NHS Staff who have helped to make the Vaccination programme a remarkable achievement. 

(xi) We give thanks that these life-saving vaccines continue to be given to those most in need and at risk of this awful virus and those who are in the younger ages groups with underlying medical and health conditions.  

(xii) We pray that all people in our world especially those who live in developing countries and those from the poorest communities in our world would also be treated with the same dignity and respect as those in more developed countries are, may also be able to receive these life-saving vaccines. 

(xiii) We pray that more people who are from a BAME background – Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Groups would come forward to receive the vaccine and we give thanks that there is much support, advice and encouragement available for all who feel anxious or unsure about receiving the vaccine. 

(xiv) We give thanks that the UK is beginning to ease restrictions and take small steps in the unlocking of our communities and the measures which are allowing more social interaction within COVID safe and secure guidelines. May the Lord help and guide us in these days and teach us wisdom. 

(xv) We ask the Lord to protect all the Nations of the world and help them take control of the new variants which are emerging.  May He soon bring this awful pandemic to an end. 

Daily Scripture:

Our daily scripture reading today comes from St Paul’s Second Letter to the Corinthians. (2 Cor 5:19) The Verse quotation is from the CTS New Catholic Bible version.

“It is all God’s work.  It was God who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the work of handing on this reconciliation.  In other words, God in Christ was reconciling the world to himself, not holding men’s faults against them, and he has entrusted to us the news that they are reconciled.”

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. 

St Oliver Plunkett, pray for us.  Amen.

Blessings to you all on this day.

Miss Downes

 

 

 

 

 

 

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