Good morning everyone, hello and I hope you are well today.
As we begin a new day and continue through our week, I have included our scripture verse here again for your inspiration. We thank God for the gift of His word to us.
“Send forth your Spirit, O LORD, and renew the face of the earth.” Psalm 103:30
Welcome to our Spiritual Lift for Thursday. May you be blessed and inspired as you read today.
Today is the special and beautiful Feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ the Eternal High Priest. This is a relatively new feast in the life of the Church although the Eternal Priesthood of Jesus is mentioned throughout both the Old and New Testaments and it has massive significance for our faith. It is traditionally celebrated on the Thursday after Pentecost Sunday. It was instituted in 2018 and has its own Liturgy of the Hours (Prayers and readings of the Offices of Morning Prayer, Daytime Prayer, Evening Prayer and Night Prayer.) It reminds us that Jesus is our Great and Eternal High Priest (cf. Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:1-10).
Particularly through His Sufferings, Passion, Death, Resurrection and Ascension into Heaven, Jesus is the True High Priest who pleads for us and prays for us before the Father in Heaven. By His Death on the Cross, Jesus was both Victim for our sins because He willingly and freely gave His precious life and shed His Sacred Blood in our place to redeem us by His death and He is Priest because He offers Himself in prayer, praise and sacrifice in Heaven before the Father on our behalf now and for all eternity.
Let us remember in our prayers all priests and especially those whom we know. May the Holy Spirit guide and strengthen them and all those who are training in Seminaries all around the world and we especially remember those who will be ordained this year.
Today we remember Saint Augustine of Canterbury. A very happy feast day to everyone who belongs to the School Community of Saint Augustine’s Catholic High School. Pupils, families, Staff, Governors, Directors and all affiliated to the School through MAC, Parish and other links. May the prayers of Saint Augustine accompany you all today. Saint Augustine of Canterbury came to Britain in the year 597 and he was sent to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ on these shores by Pope Saint Gregory the Great. We give thanks to God for the faith and courage of this great Saint and let us with compassion and love help to continue his work to make the Lord known and loved wherever we are today. Saint Augustine of Canterbury, pray for us. Amen.
Here is some more information about him including a video too fromwww.catholic.org.
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.
We give thanks to God for all His love and blessings we see in the Life, Teaching and Ministry of Our Lord Jesus and we ask Our Blessed Mother, Mary, to help us to listen to Jesus and do whatever He tells us to do, just as she did.
Month of May: Weekly Prayer:
Our special prayer this week to Our Lady: Our prayer this week is The Magnificat.
This is taken from Saint Luke’s Gospel – Luke 1:46-55. It is Mary’s great song of praise to the Lord. This is traditionally said at every Evening Prayer or ‘Vespers’ in the Divine Office or Liturgy of the Hours of the Church. This is prayed by monks, nuns, priests and lay people every day in honour of our Blessed Lady and gives praise and glory to our loving God.
My Soul glorifies the Lord,
my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour.
He looks on His servant in her lowliness;
henceforth all ages will call be blessed.
The Almighty works marvels for me.
Holy His Name!
His mercy is from age to age,
on those who fear Him.
He puts forth His arm in strength
and scatters the proud-hearted.
He casts the mighty from their thrones
and raises the lowly.
He fills the starving with good things,
sends the rich away empty.
He protects Israel, His servant,
Remembering His mercy,
the mercy promised to our fathers,
to Abraham and his servants for ever. Amen.
Month of May – The Angelus:
In honour of our Blessed Lady, we now continue to say the Angelus all through the year until next Easter. This is a beautiful prayer which is traditionally said every day at 6am, 12noon and 6pm. It helps us to remember that Jesus Our Lord was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit in Mary’s womb and this great news was given to Mary through the message of the Angel Gabriel to her. Here is a link to this lovely prayer which honours the Son of God becoming human for us in His Incarnation from Our Catholic Prayers.
We are now in Ordinary Time- Summer:
The special colour is green and this reminds us of the springing up of new life and growth which we can see in creation and nature all around and we have received in our hearts, minds and souls because of the joy and victory of Easter and the promised Gift of the Holy Spirit which we have received.
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:
As we are now in Ordinary Time – Summer, here is the link to the fantastic information from the Liturgy Office.
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 Augustine’s Catholic High 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 the Letter to the Hebrews. (Heb.4:14,15) Verse quotation is from the CTS New Catholic Bible Translation.
“Since in Jesus, the Son of God, we have the supreme high priest who has gone through to the highest heaven, we must never let go of the faith we have professed. For it is not as if we had a high priest who was incapable of feeling our weaknesses with us; but we have one who has been tempted in every way that we are, though he is without sin.”
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 Lord Jesus Christ, Our King and Great High Priest, have mercy on us. 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 Augustine of Canterbury, pray for us. Amen.
Blessings to you all on this day.