Hello everyone, good morning to you all on this Thursday!
Welcome to today’s Spiritual Lift, for your reading and reflection. May it be a source of blessing and encouragement for you.
Today we remember Saint Agnes of Rome. Here is some information about her from www.catholic.org
Octave Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.
I will be including every day this week the link I sent out on Monday for the Prayer for Christian Unity Week of reflections, prayers and resources too. This year’s Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2021 –“Abiding in Christ” is the theme of this year’s Week. The resources and information come from the Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (CTBI)
This special week is inspired by the prayer of Jesus Himself as He prayed on the night before His suffering and Death. (John 17:20, 21.) The highlighted words remind us that we have received faith from others in the faith going way back to the first Disciples and followers of Jesus and the Lord’s prayer that we as believers in Him we may all be united in one heart and purpose.
Jesus prayed, “I ask not only on behalf of these, but also, on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one. As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.” John 17:20,21
A weekly live-streamed Mass for children and families – St Chad’s Cathedral today at 09.30am.
Today, as last week, St Chad’s Cathedral will be offering a special live streamed Mass for all children and their families within the Archdiocese of Birmingham starting at 09.30am. This will be available every Thursday morning. Here is the website link for St Chad’s for more details. It is also recorded to watch later if you are unable to access the Mass live at 09.30am.
Weekly Scripture Verse:
Our scripture verse for us to ponder and pray for this week comes from the Book of the Psalms (Psalm 32:7) This verse is taken from the New Revised Standard Version of the Scriptures (NRSV) Catholic 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 as our God speaks to us. May these words help us as we begin another week in lockdown.
“You are a hiding place for me, you preserve me from trouble; you surround me with glad cries of deliverance.”
Cycle of Prayer and the Holy Father’s Prayer Intentions:
We are now into Ordinary Time – Winter and here is some more information about the Prayer Cycle from now until the beginning of the Season of Lent. I also include a link to the Holy Father Pope Francis’ Special Prayer Intentions for this month from Missio. www.missio.org.uk
During Ordinary Time (Winter) up to the Season of Lent, we are encouraged to pray for some new prayer intentions at this time of year with the whole Church.
More details are here for you to access from the Liturgy Office website.
Daily Candle for Teams in school today.
A special candle will be offered today for all involved with the Thursday Teams working and learning in our School Communities- Pupils, Staff and their families.
Our ‘candle’ prayer this week: Taken from the Book of the Psalms (Psalm 119:105)
Lord, your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. Amen.
Month of January.
During the month of January, we focus on the Holy Childhood of Jesus and the Names and Titles of Jesus.
During this month we can offer special prayers to the Infant Jesus. It is one of the mysteries of our faith that our powerful and eternal God chose to be born as a Man for us here on earth and Jesus was found in human form as a little baby who had to grow as the years went by, just as we do.
He became like us in all things except sin. As an infant, Jesus was little, helpless and weak for He wanted to be with us as He is our Immanuel, God-With-Us. Whatever we face today and going forward into this New Year, Jesus is with and walks beside us, sometimes carrying us gently in His loving arms when we are unable to stand.
Our prayer this month:
To the Divine Infant of Prague, Our Lord Jesus. Please see the link below.
Our Name and Title of Jesus for today:
Jesus, The Star of the Morning.
Weekly School Community Prayers:
Every week I shall be offering intercessory prayers when I access daily Mass online for each of the School Communities and MAC Schools starting today. Every day this week I shall be holding in prayer before the Lord, all the Staff, Pupils, Families and Governors/Directors who belong to: Saint Peter’s Catholic First School.
Daily special candle offered for all MAC Staff, pupils and their families – Spring Term 1- January-February 2021.
As we begin a new calendar year and journey into a new Half Term, as we live in these uncertain and trying days both here in our school Communities in our day to day lives in our families, neighbourhoods and wider communities, let us continue to place all our prayers and petitions into Our Lady’s hands.
Every day this week and throughout the whole of the Spring Term 1, a special candle will continue 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 days of trial perplexity and confusion. May your days and weeks go well for you, your pupils, and their families in these days 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. 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 all those 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 amidst the increase in the number of cases being reported each day and the number of those being admitted to hospital and being treated for this disease at this time.
We pray for our Nation as we continue to live each day in another National Lockdown. 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. (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 mindful of others as they remember to observe social distancing and safety guidelines. (v) We pray for England as we continue another day in our third National Lockdown. (vi) We pray for those businesses which have yet to reopen 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. (vii) We give thanks for the breakthroughs in medical research and tests as the pilots for the many vaccines which are being put forward at this time. 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 success so all those in the top 4 most at risk groups of people receive a vaccine soon. (viii) We give thanks for the news that two effective Coronavirus vaccines has now been approved and another one has been approved this week taking the total to three vaccines which will be rolled out to vulnerable groups and Healthcare workers. (ix) We give thanks that these life-saving vaccines continue to be given to those most in need and at risk of this awful virus.(x) We give thanks to God that this week we have seen the new vaccines being given to people who most at risk. (xi) 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 not be left out of the world vaccination programme and be treated with fairness, dignity and respect as those in more developed countries are and also be able to receive these life-saving vaccines.
Our daily scripture reading today comes from the Letter to the Hebrews. (Heb 11:1,2) Quotation taken from the New revised Standard Version (NRSV) Catholic Bible.
“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Indeed, by faith, our ancestors received approval.”
Our prayers for today:
Today, I will be keeping a candle burning for your intentions and will remember you and your prayer intentions at daily Mass online.
Let us ask…..
Lord Jesus Christ, Our Divine Infant King, have mercy on us and help us. Amen.
Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, pray for us. Amen.
Our Lady of Consolation, 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 Paul, Apostle, pray for us. Amen.
All holy men and women, pray for us. Amen.
St Agnes of Rome, pray for us. Amen.
Blessings to you all on this day.