Good morning everyone, hello and I hope you are well today.

Weekly Scripture Verse:

Once again, here are the verses of scripture for this week for your inspiration and encouragement.  Our verses this week come from the Book of Psalms.

(Psalm 27:7) They are from the CTS New Catholic Bible.

“The LORD is my strength and my shield: in him my heart trusts.  I was helped, my heart rejoices and I praise him with my song.”

Welcome to Thursday’s Spiritual Lift for you.  May you be blessed and encouraged as you read today.

Today we remember two more Saints of the Church. Saints Cornelius and Cyprian.  Here is some information about them from www.catholic.org.

St. Cornelius – Saints & Angels – Catholic Online

St. Cyprian, Bishop of Carthage – Saints & Angels – Catholic Online

The Catholic Week:

Did you know that each day of the week has a special meaning attached to it and a special theme for prayer?

On Thursdays we remember the Holy Eucharist – the precious gift of the Holy Body and Blood of Our Lord Jesus.  The Holy Eucharist or Blessed Sacrament is the living sign of Jesus’ Real Presence here with us in the Eucharist which we honour and celebrate at Mass. It reminds us of the love of God as revealed by Jesus His Son as He gave His life for us in death on the Cross and rose again to free us from our sins and restore us to God’s love and friendship.   Catholics traditionally hold a special ‘Holy Hour’ of prayer with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament on Thursday evenings as they remember the first Holy Thursday when Jesus gave us the Holy Eucharist and when, after the Last Supper, Jesus went to Gethsemane’s garden where He prayed before His arrest which led to His sufferings and death.  

Here is some more information about this from fisheaters.com.

The Catholic Day, Week and Month (fisheaters.com)

Our prayers for the day as we ponder these themes:

This acclamation is traditionally said or sung as the Lord Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is removed and replaced in the Tabernacle. It is repeated three times.

O Sacrament Most Holy, O Sacrament Divine, all praise and all thanksgiving, be every moment Thine!

O Sacrament Most Holy, O Sacrament Divine, all praise and all thanksgiving, be every moment Thine!

O Sacrament Most Holy, O Sacrament Divine, all praise and all thanksgiving, be every moment Thine!

A traditional prayer for the feast of Corpus Christi:

O God, since You have left us a remembrance of Your Passion beneath the veils of this Sacrament, grant us, we pray, so to venerate the sacred Mysteries of Your Body and Blood, that we may always enjoy the fruits of Your Redemption.  This we ask of You, who lives and reigns forever. Amen. 

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.

Pope’s prayer intention – September 2021 – Missio

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 (liturgyoffice.org.uk)

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.

www.liturgyoffice.org.uk

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.

Our daily scripture reading today comes from Saint Matthew’s Gospel. (Matt. 26:26-28) Verse quotation is from the CTS New Catholic Bible version.

“Now as they were eating, Jesus took some bread, and when he had said the blessing he broke it and gave it to the disciples. ‘Take it and eat,’ he said ‘this is my body.’ Then he took a cup, and when he had returned thanks he gave it to them. ‘Drink all of you from this,’ he said ‘for this is my blood, the blood of the covenant, which is to be poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.’ “

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. 

Blessings to you all on this day.

Miss Downes

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