Hello everyone, good morning to you.
Welcome to Thursday’s Spiritual Lift.
Our weekly scripture to ponder this week comes from: The Letter to the Hebrews. (Heb:12:2) Quotation taken from the CTS New Catholic Bible.
“Let us not lose sight of Jesus, who leads us in our faith and brings it to perfection: for the sake of the joy which was still in the future, he endured the cross, disregarding the shamefulness of it and from now on has taken his place at the right of God’s Throne.”
Month of November:
November is the special month dedicated to praying for the Holy Souls, the faithful departed, our deceased loved ones, friends, and neighbours. It is also the month of Remembrance.
During this month of November, let us pause and remember to pray for all those who have died and especially during these past few months in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic. Let us remember all those who have lost their lives due to COVID19, in England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and in all countries of the world. May the Lord grant them eternal rest, light and peace within His Heavenly Kingdom and give comfort and help to their loved ones in these days.
Our prayer this month:
Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them, may they rest in peace. Amen.
Special Scripture reading for the Month of November:
Every day during this month I am sharing a scripture which we can pray about and reflect upon as we bring before the Lord our deceased loved ones and those whom we know who have died. Today’s Scripture comes from: The Book of Psalms (Psalm 26:4) Quotation taken from the CTS New Catholic Bible.
“There is one thing I ask of the Lord, for this I long, to live in the house of the Lord, all the days of my life, to savour the sweetness of the Lord, to behold his temple.”
Daily special candle offered for MAC Staff, pupils and their families – Autumn Term 2- November-December 2020.
As we continue to journey forth into a new Half Term and as we live in these uncertain and trying days both here in our school Communities and 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 this Half Term, a special candle will burn again for us all in honour of Our Lady of Lourdes. May she keep us all safe and well under her protective mantle. 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.
Keeping Jesus company in the Blessed Sacrament – Holy Hour for Coronavirus Pandemic this evening. We will be meeting together tonight in a spirit of community and prayer from 8-9pm.
I will be holding my Holy Hour with the Lord online in the Blessed Sacrament again this evening. 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. Let us pray especially for the people of India, Russia, Latin America, particularly Brazil, the United States, Australia, France, Germany, Spain and Italy. We continue to pray for those in the UK who have recently tested positive for COVID 19 and for the Administrations/Governments of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland as they consider the way forward amidst the increase in the number of cases being reported each day. We pray for our Nation as new restrictions continue to come into force and we commit into Our Lord’s loving Hands the next six months. We pray for those parts of the UK which are currently under tighter Social Distancing measures. May the Lord protect those who live in these areas and give them His peace and encouragement in these days.
(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 week in our National Lockdown. (vi) We pray for those businesses which have yet to reopen or which had to close down again (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 can receive a vaccine in the future.
Our daily scripture reading today comes from: The Book of Psalms (Psalm 99:1-3) Quotation taken from the CTS New Catholic Bible.
“Cry out with joy to the Lord, all the earth. Serve the Lord with gladness. Come before him, singing for joy. Know that he, the Lord, is God. He made us, we belong to him, we are his people, the sheep of his flock.”
Our prayers for today:
Today, I will be keeping a candle burning for your intentions.
During this month of November – our prayer each day is taken from the Liturgy of the Office for the Dead.
Remember Lord, those who have died and have gone before us, marked with the sign of faith, especially those for whom we now pray:
(….pause here to call to mind those for whom you wish to pray and offer to God….)
May these and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
This prayer is taken from the “Jesus, Mary and Joseph Novena Manual” from the Confraternity of the Precious Blood of Jesus, written by Father Stedman. Here is another traditional prayer for the Holy Souls this week:
Good Jesus, Whose Loving Heart was ever troubled by the sorrows of others, look with pity on the souls of our dear ones in Purgatory. O You who “loved Your Own”, hear our cry for mercy, and grant that those whom You called from our homes and hearts , may soon enjoy everlasting rest in the home of Thy Love in Heaven. Amen.
Let us ask…..
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.
All Holy Men and Women, pray for us. Amen
St Gertrude the Great, intercessor for the Holy Souls in Purgatory, pray for us. Amen.
Blessings to you all on this day.