Good morning, everyone. Hello, and I hope you are well today. 

Happy New Year and may you have an enriching and exciting new Term! May the Lord bless and guide you as you step out into this new year.

Welcome to our Spiritual Lift for Thursday. May it bless and encourage you today as you read and reflect. 

Today is the Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord.  We remember the Magi’s (Wise men from the East) visit to the Infant Lord Jesus and they presented Him with their gifts of Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh. Gold for the King of kings, Frankincense for Priesthood, prayer and worship and Jesus is the Great High Priest, Myrrh for sacrifice and suffering, anointing for burial and fulfilment of the Prophecy for Jesus is the Suffering Servant who came to earth, not to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for all people when He died on the Cross.   Tradition tells us that the names of the Magi were Caspar, Balthasar and Melchior.  

Here is some information about this special Feast from www.catholic.org.

The Epiphany: What is it and how do people around the world celebrate? – Living Faith – Home & Family – News – Catholic Online

As we begin our new Term and new calendar year, may the beautiful prayer of St Columba of Iona inspire us today in all we do. 

Prayer taken from: Prayer of Saint Columba of Iona (CatholicDoors.com)

Be, Lord Jesus, a bright flame before me, 
a guiding star above me, 
a smooth path below me, 
a kindly shepherd behind me: 
today, tonight, and forever.  Amen. 
New Year 2022: 

As we begin another Calendar year in 2022, we may be feeling some uncertainty and anxiety, however, let us place our full trust in our loving God who holds all things together and holds each of us safely in His strong yet gentle hands. 

In these days of uncertainty and anxious times, let us be reminded of these words from St Teresa of Avila. “Let nothing disturb you, let nothing frighten you, all things pass, God never changes. Patience achieves all it strives for. Whoever has God lacks nothing, for God alone suffices.”  

Weekly Scripture Verse: 

Our scripture verse for us to ponder and pray for this week comes from Our verses are taken from the CTS New Catholic Bible.  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. 

Lord, “Your eyes beheld my unformed substance.  In your book were written all the days that were formed for me when none of them as yet existed.” 

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 from www.catholic.org.

Infant Jesus of Prague Novena Prayer – Prayers – Catholic Online

Our Name and Title of Jesus for today: 

Jesus, the Messiah, God’s promised One. 

Pope’s Prayer Intentions for this month: January 2022:

Please see the link below from the excellent resources provided by www.missio.org.uk

Pope’s Prayer Intention January 2022 – Missio

Advent/Christmas Season and Ordinary Time (Winter)

Currently until Sunday we are still within the Christmas Season. Here is the link with more details.

Cycle of Prayer | Advent-Christmas (liturgyoffice.org.uk)

From Sunday, after we have celebrated the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord Jesus, the Liturgical Cycle returns to Ordinary Time (Winter). Here is the link with more details about this.

Cycle of Prayer | Ordinary Time: Winter (liturgyoffice.org.uk)

Our daily scripture reading today comes from St Matthew’s Gospel:(Matthew 2:10,11) Quotation taken from the CTS New Catholic Bible. 

“The sight of the star filled them with delight, and going into the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and falling to their knees they did him homage.  Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts of gold and frankincense and myrrh. “

Our prayers for today:  
Today, I will be keeping a candle burning for your intentions. 

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, 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. 

Blessings to you all on this day. 

Miss Downes 

 

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