Good morning everyone, hope your week has been going well for you.

In all things, may we hold on to the hope that our God loves and cares for us personally and individually as if we were the only one alive in the world.  He is the God of hope.  As our day is, He will give us the strength we need for that day. (Cf. Deuteronomy 33:25b)

“…..and as your days, so is your strength.” Deut. 33:25b

As we approach the weekend once again, may the Lord in His love bless, guide and keep us safe as we rest and relax with our family units and those we live with in our homes.

Welcome to Friday’s Spiritual Lift.

Epiphany-tide 2021:

In the days after Epiphany until the Baptism of the Lord Jesus which is this coming Sunday 10th January, some folks like to take part in some of the many activities that are available during Epiphany-tide. Please see the links below for more details.

Epiphany Traditions – Catholic Action For Faith and Family

Here is another brilliant website from the Carmelite Order all about the Epiphany House Blessings which anyone can do for themselves at home!

Epiphany House Blessing – 2021 | News | Order of Carmelites

Daily Candle for Teams in school today.

A special candle will be offered today for all involved with the Friday Teams working and learning in our School Communities- Pupils, Staff and their families.

Prayer taken from Prayer of Saint Columba (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.

New Year 2021:

As we begin another day of national lockdown, the need for drawing upon the strength which the Lord alone provides is greater than ever.

In these uncertain days and 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. Whover 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 The Book of the Psalms. (Psalm 139:16)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.

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.

Infant Jesus of Prague Novena Prayer – Prayers – Catholic Online

Our Name and Title of Jesus for today:

Jesus, the True Vine.

Following the cycle of the Liturgical Year and the Cycle of prayer link here:

Liturgical Calendar Cycle of Prayer (liturgyoffice.org.uk)

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

Our daily scripture reading today comes from the Book of the Psalms (Psalm 72:18-19) Quotation taken from the New revised Standard Version (NRSV) Catholic Bible.

“Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, who alone does wondrous things. Blessed be his glorious name for ever; may his glory fill the whole earth.  Amen and Amen.”

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.

Blessings to you all on this day.

Miss Downes

 

 

 

 

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