Hello everyone, good morning and welcome to our special Spiritual Lift for today, which is the Solemnity of the Ascension of Jesus into Heaven!
It has been 40 days since we celebrated Easter Sunday and the glorious Resurrection of Jesus from the Dead. He has spent these past 40 days on earth, teaching the Apostles and guiding them so they will, after receiving the promised Gift of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost in about 10 days’ time, be empowered to build the Church of Jesus Christ on earth and go out to all Nations and spread the Good News! In these days, let us also begin to pray more deeply asking the Father to send us the promised Holy Spirit in Jesus’ name.
Here is some more information about this wonderful feast from www.catholic.org.
Here is a special prayer we can say to Jesus today!
Here is a special collection of prayers on a PDF from the Liturgy Office as well which runs from today, Ascension Thursday to Pentecost Sunday.
Live streamed Mass for children and their families across the Archdiocese of Birmingham.
Once again today there will be a live streamed Mass from St Chad’s Cathedral for all children and their families across the Archdiocese this morning. It is also recorded for later viewing if you are unable to view this Mass live at 09.30am each week.
Prayer focus: Month of May:
During the Month of May we remember and honour our Lady, Mary the Mother of Jesus. We especially honour her by saying the Rosary, which is her special prayer and is the prayer most dear to her heart.
Our Lady, Mary the Mother of Jesus, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, pray for us. Amen.
Today is also the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima. Here are some prayers to Our Lady fromwww.catholic.org.
We are encouraged to pray a decade of the Rosary in our homes and families and at School as today we celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima!
Rosary Mystery for today: Month of May:
Our Rosary Mysteries today are the Luminous Mysteries.
As we pray our Mysteries of the Rosary today, let us remember especially the Mystery of the Transfiguration of Jesus. It was in this event in the Life of Our Lord that we catch a glimpse, a snapshot if you like, of the radiant glory and majesty which befits the Eternal Son of God. Jesus the God-Man, in His Ascension returns to Heaven, His home, to prepare a place for us and to send the Promised Holy Spirit to us to be with us on earth for ever. May we offer a few extra prayers today as we reflect on the 2nd Mystery of the Glorious Mysteries too, the Ascension of Jesus. Let us also begin to pray more deeply asking the Father to send us the promised Holy Spirit in Jesus’ name.
Month of May: Weekly Prayer:
Our special prayer this week to Our Lady: The Memorare.
This prayer may be attributed to St Bernard. It is a beautiful prayer of trust in Our Lady’s Motherly Love and Maternal help. As we ask her for help, she will offer our prayers to the Lord.
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary,
that never was it known
that anyone who fled to your protection,
implored your help or sought your intercession
was left unaided.
Inspired by this confidence,
I fly to you,
O Virgin of virgins, my Mother;
to you do I come, before you I stand,
sinful and sorrowful.
O Mother of the Word Incarnate,
despise not my petitions,
but in your mercy, hear and answer me. Amen.
Prayer for the Month of May and Eastertide:
In honour of our Blessed Lady, the usual prayer every day of the ‘Angelus’ is replaced with the ‘Regina Coeli’ or Queen of Heaven.
Prayer source taken from: https://www.ourcatholicprayers.com/regina-coeli.html
Queen of Heaven, rejoice. Alleluia.
For He, whom thou wast worthy to bear. Alleluia.
Has risen as He said. Alleluia.
Pray for us to God. Alleluia.
V. Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary. Alleluia.
R. Because the Lord is truly risen, Alleluia.
Let us pray
O God, Who by the Resurrection of Thy Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, hast been pleased to give joy to the whole world, grant we beseech Thee, that through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, His Mother, we may attain the joys of eternal life. Through the same Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Season of Easter: Week 6:
We are now in the sixth week of the joyful Easter Season. We are an Easter People and ‘Alleluia’ is our song! During these weeks of Easter (7 weeks in total) we celebrate the victorious and glorious rising of the Lord Jesus from death in His triumphant Resurrection that took place on Easter Sunday and we join in with the cries of hope and joy as we hear, ‘He is not here! He is Risen!’
Weekly Scripture Verse: For the 6th Week of Easter:
Our scripture verse for us to ponder and pray for this week comes from the First Letter of Saint John. (1 John 4:7) These verses are taken from the CTS New Catholic Bible 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!
“My dear people, let us love one another since love comes from God and everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows God.”
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: May:
Here is the link to the Holy Father Pope Francis’ Special Prayer Intentions for the Month of May from Missio. www.missio.org.uk
Cycle of Prayer – Liturgy Office:
We are now in the joyful Easter Season. Here is the updated information about the cycle of prayer from now until the Feast of Pentecost, here is the link for the Liturgy Office website with more details of this Season’s Prayer Intentions for Eastertide.
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 1- April – May 2021
As we have now begun our new Half Term let us continue to place all our prayers and petitions into Our Lady’s hands.
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 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 120,000 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 spend another day in our third National Lockdown and 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.
O Sacrament Most Holy, O Sacrament Divine, all praise and all thanksgiving be every moment Thine! Amen!
Blessed be Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar! Amen!
Suggested Prayer points:
(i) We continue to hold up in prayer those who are sick, suffering and those who have died. We especially remember the people of India in these days.
(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 who are under pressures and are 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. We pray for economic stability in our Nation and for all countries of the world, and we ask that the developing countries may receive proper support and have their needs met.
(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. We give thanks for the millions who have now received their first dose of the vaccine, and in many cases their second one too.
(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.
Our daily scripture reading today comes from Saint Mark’s Gospel. (Mark 16:19,20) Verse quotation is from the CTS New Catholic Bible version.
“And so the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven: there at the right hand of God he took his place. While they, going out, preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word by the signs that accompanied it.”
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.
Our Lady of Consolation, pray for us. Amen.
Our Lady of Fatima, 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.