Hello everyone, good morning to you all. I hope you are well today.
Once again, here is our encouraging scripture verse for the rest of this week to bless you.
“The LORD is my light and my help; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life, before whom shall I shrink?” Psalm 26:1
Welcome to our Spiritual Lift on this Thursday before Pentecost. May the Holy Spirit guide and inspire you today in all you do.
Today we remember Saint Bernardine of Siena. Saint Bernardine was a Franciscan Saint, one who belonged to the Order of St Francis of Assisi. Here is some information about him from www.catholic.org.
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.
Special Holy Spirit Novena from 15th May-23rd May 2021
Today it is Day 6 of the Special Novena of prayer to God, the Holy Spirit.
This special Novena (Nine Days of Prayer) was the first ever Novena that was prayed by Our Lady and the Apostles in the Upper Room in Jerusalem as they waited for the promised Gift of the Holy Spirit. Every year between Ascension and Pentecost, the Church traditionally begins to pray in preparation for this wonderful feast – the coming of the Holy Spirit and the Birthday of the Church. More details about this beautiful prayer here from www.catholic.org.
Here are some lovely traditional prayers from the Church Liturgy Office.
Here is a special collection of prayers on a PDF from the Liturgy Office as well which we will continue to pray until Pentecost Sunday.
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.
Rosary Mystery for today: Month of May:
Our Rosary Mysteries today are the Luminous Mysteries.
Let us remember in these Mysteries the wonderful public life and Ministry of Our Lord Jesus. In all Jesus did, He showed the Father’s love and concern for all people and lived a life of dedicated service and support to all who were in need in body, mind and spirit. May we ask the Lord to help us to do as Jesus did and care for those we see and meet every day.
Month of May: Weekly Prayer:
Our special prayer this week to Our Lady: Our prayer this week is called the ‘Sub tuum praesidum’.
This is a special prayer offered to our Lady, and can be of particular comfort in these days.
We fly to your protection,
O Holy Mother of God.
Despise not our petitions in our necessities,
but deliver us from all dangers,
O glorious and blessed Virgin Mary. 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 7:
We are now in the seventh and final 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 have been celebrating the victorious and glorious rising of the Lord Jesus from death in His triumphant Resurrection that took place on Easter Sunday. We have joined in with the cries of hope and joy as we hear, ‘He is not here! He is Risen!’
We count down the days this week towards the glorious Solemnity of the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost and the Birthday of the Church! During this week we pray, ‘Come, Holy Spirit!’
Weekly Scripture Verse: For the 7th Week of Easter:
Our scripture verse for us to ponder and pray for this week comes from Saint John’s Gospel. (John 17:17-19) 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!
Jesus prayed to the Father, “As you have sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world, and for their sake I consecrate myself so that they too may be consecrated in truth.”
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 Bede’s Catholic Middle 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. We remember the people of India 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 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 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 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. 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.
(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 a end.
Our daily scripture reading today comes from Saint John’s Gospel. (John 17: 24) Verse quotation is from the CTS New Catholic Bible Translation.
These verses today from Saint John’s Gospel are amongst some of the loveliest verses in all Scripture. They come from Chapter 17 of John, which is the priestly prayer of Jesus, who is Our Great High Priest. These words were prayed by Jesus for the disciples then, but the prayer is also for us today and for generations of believers still to come. They were prayed on the night that Jesus was betrayed and arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane. If you get some time this week, why not read the whole of Chapter 17 for yourself? It is a beautiful prayer.
Jesus prayed, “Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, so that they may always see the glory you have given me, because you loved me before the foundation of the world.”
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…..
Come Holy Spirit! Come, O Comforter, draw near to us today, we pray. Amen.
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.
St Bernardine of Siena, pray for us. Amen.
Blessings to you all on this day.