Good morning, everyone, hello and I hope you are well today.
Welcome to Thursday’s Spiritual Lift. May it bless and encourage you today as you read, ponder and pray.
Daily Advent Calendar:
Every day we shall open our Advent Calendar which has a scripture which tells the story of the first Christmas, and we can reflect in each of the readings upon during this lovely Season of Hope, Light and expectation!
Today our symbol and picture on our Advent Calendar for 2nd December is:
A shepherd carrying a lamb.
This reminds us that in Scripture the Lord calls Himself our Shepherd and we belong to Him, as members of His flock, His people. The humble shepherds were the first to hear the good news from the Angels as they sang Glory to God in the Highest as they were out in the fields on the night that Jesus was born for us. (Luke 2:8-16). They saw the infant Jesus lying in the manger and gave Him their honour and praise. (Luke 2:16). Jesus is the Good Shepherd who lays down His life for the sheep.(John 10:11, 14). We thank Him for His great love for us in coming to earth to be our Saviour. As we open our Advent Calendar today, let us praise our God for all He has done for us.
Our Advent prayer during this month:
Maranatha! Come, Lord Jesus!
(Mar’anatha – Aramaic – the Language Jesus would have spoken – which means, come, Lord Jesus! Revelation 22:20 and c.f. 1 Corinthians 16:22d)
Our Scripture reading for this week reflects the Season of Advent we have just begun. Our reading this week comes from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah. (Is.11:1,2) It talks about the new shoot which will grow into a virtuous Branch for the Lord – Jesus Our Messiah.
“A shoot springs from the stock of Jesse, a scion comes from his roots: on him the Spirit of the Lord rests, a spirit of wisdom and insight, a spirit of counsel and power, a spirit of knowledge and fear of the Lord.”
We continue on our Advent journey. We are encouraged to prepare our hearts for the Birth of Our Lord Jesus at Christmas and we look forward with joy and hopeful expectation in the days ahead. May we grow closer to the Lord in this lovely Season and remember God’s love for each one of us as He gave us His Son, Jesus to be our Saviour. The special colours of the Season are purple/violet and rose pink. Here is some information from the Liturgy Office.
Cycle of Prayer- Liturgy Office Advent:
|Liturgical Calendar | Season of Advent – Liturgy Office
Advent has a twofold character: for it is a time of preparation for the Solemnities of Christmas, in which the First Coming of the Son of God to humanity is remembered; and likewise when, by remembrance of this, minds and hearts are led to look forward to Christ’s Second Coming at the end of time.
Advent Jesse Tree:
A lovely tradition within the Church is to pray and reflect on the Family Tree of Jesus Christ Our Lord and Saviour. It is called a ‘Jesse Tree’ and with prayers, scripture readings and reflections, along with symbols relating to each day of the devotion these are hung on a tree throughout December and the Season of Advent. The ‘Jesse Tree’ links us up with the Genealogy – the Family line -of Jesus as recorded in St Matthew’s Gospel, all the way from Abraham to Jesus Himself. (Matthew 1:1-16)
The ‘tree’ can be either a paper one, the main Christmas Tree in the family room or a special little tree, made from evergreens for this use.
It is called a ‘Jesse Tree’, because Jesse was the father of King David, and Jesus is related to King David because He is of the Family Line and House of David through St Joseph. This was part of the Lord’s plan for our redemption and salvation through Jesus. St Joseph, foster-father and guardian of Jesus and Husband of Mary, Our Lady, was of the Family Line of David, which is why Jesus was born in Bethlehem because David’s Line originated here.
Here is some information about this devotion and tradition in the link below. May this help you reflect and pray with the Jesse Tree devotions. It is taken from Catholic Culture all about this beautiful Advent devotion.
Holy Father’s Prayer Intentions – December. Let us join in prayer with Pope Francis during this joyful Advent Season.
Our MAC Prayer:
Our Lady of the Magnificat, Mary the Mother of Jesus, pray for us. Amen.
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 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.