Hello everyone, good morning to you. Hope you are well today.
Welcome to the Spiritual Lift for Thursday.
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. This week’s Mass celebrates the Presentation of the Lord Jesus in the Temple. (Candlemas)
Month of February: Prayer and preparation for Lent-Holy Eucharist and Sacred Passion of the Lord.
The Month of February takes us into the Season of Lent. This year, Ash Wednesday will be on February 17th. Traditionally, February is dedicated to the spiritual preparation for Lent by focusing and meditating upon the precious gift of the Lord’s Body and Blood and the Holy Eucharist and His many Sufferings and Death in His Sacred Passion.
A beautiful prayer we can pray every day of February and going into the Season of Lent to help us is the Divine Mercy Chaplet. This prayer is traditionally prayed at the Hour of Mercy which is 3pm every day, and is the time when Jesus died on the Cross. More information about this devotion can be found here in the link below and how to pray it.
You can pray this Chaplet on a set of ordinary Rosary beads, and it is traditional for each of the five sets of beads as we pray the prayers to either remember:
The Five Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary:
(The Agony in the Garden; The Scourging at the pillar; The Crowning with thorns; The Carrying of the Cross; The Crucifixion and Death of Jesus) or The Five Sacred Wounds of Jesus: (His pierced Hands and Feet and Heart/Side.)
Praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet reminds us of God’s wonderful and deep love for us because in John 3:16 NRSV Catholic Edition we read, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.”
God’s love and mercy is deep and everlasting. During this month of February, let us draw closer to our loving God and thank Him for all that He is as we seek to grow in our love and faith.
Weekly Scripture Verse:
Our scripture verse for us to ponder and pray for this week comes from St Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians: (Eph. 5:19) 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 day and week in Lockdown.
“…sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, singing and making melody to the Lord in your hearts.”
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 Letter of St James in the New Testament. (Jas. 1:17)
“Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of Lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.” Thank you, Lord, for your light and your love for us and towards us. Amen.
Cycle of Prayer and the Holy Father’s Prayer Intentions:
We continue our journey of faith into Ordinary Time – Winter and here is some more information about the Prayer Cycle from now until the beginning of the Season of Lent which will begin on 17th February with Ash Wednesday.
I also include a link to the Holy Father Pope Francis’ Special Prayer Intentions for the month of February from Missio. www.missio.org.uk We ask for the prayers of Saint Josephine Bakhita during this month also in union with this intention.
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.
Our prayer this month: Prayers taken from the Divine Mercy Chaplet.
Eternal Father, I offer you the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity, of Your dearly Beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and the sins of the whole world. Amen.
For the sake of His Sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world. Amen.
Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world. Amen.
Weekly School Community Prayers:
Every week I shall be offering intercessory prayers when I access daily Mass online 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: Saint Bede’s Catholic Middle School.
Daily special candle offered for all MAC Staff, pupils and their families – Spring Term 1- January-February 2021.
As we continue on our journey through this 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.
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 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. 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. 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 100,000 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 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. We especially remember Colonel Sir Tom Moore, who died this week, his family and friends. May he rest in God’s peace.(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 who are under overwhelming pressures and are 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 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 will all receive a first dose of one of the vaccines soon. (viii) We give thanks for the news that three effective coronavirus vaccines have now been approved 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 with over 10 million vaccinations that have been given so far.(x) We give thanks to God that once again 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 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 Book of the Psalms: (Ps 48:9,10) Quotation taken from the New revised Standard Version (NRSV) Catholic Bible.
“We ponder your steadfast love, O God, in the midst of your temple. Your name, O God, like your praise, reaches to the ends of the earth. Your right hand is filled with victory.”
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…..
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 Faustina Kowalska, Apostle of Divine Mercy, pray for us. Amen.
St Josephine Bakhita, pray for us. Amen.
Blessings to you all on this day.