Good morning everyone. Hope you are all well today and your week is going well for you so far.
Welcome to our Spiritual Lift on this Tuesday. We are well into start of the Season of Advent now and we begin a new month too!
Season of Advent:
As we have now begun our Advent journey, our weekly scripture to ponder this week has a strong Advent theme to it. It comes from: The Book of the Prophet Isaiah (Isaiah 11:1,2) Quotation taken from the CTS New Catholic Bible.
“A shoot springs from the stock of Jesse, a scion thrusts from his roots. On him, the spirit of the Lord rests, a spirit of wisdom and insight, a spirit of counsel and power, a spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord. (The fear of the Lord is his breath.)”
We are now at the start of the joyful and hopeful Season of Advent.
A lovely tradition within the Church is to pray and reflect on the Family Tree of Jesus Christ Our Lord and Saviour. It is called a ‘Jesse Tree’ and with prayers, scripture readings and reflections, along with symbols relating to each day of the devotion these are hung on a tree throughout December and the Season of Advent. The ‘Jesse Tree’ links us up with the Genealogy – the Family line -of Jesus as recorded in St Matthew’s Gospel, all the way from Abraham to Jesus Himself. (Matthew 1:1-16)
The ‘tree’ can be either a paper one, the main Christmas Tree in the family room or a special little tree, made from evergreens for this use.
It is called a ‘Jesse Tree’, because Jesse was the father of King David, and Jesus is related to King David because He is of the Family Line and House of David through St Joseph. This was part of the Lord’s plan for our redemption and salvation through Jesus. St Joseph, foster-father and guardian of Jesus and Husband of Mary, Our Lady, was of the Family Line of David, which is why Jesus was born in Bethlehem because David’s Line originated here. Here is some information about this devotion and tradition in the link below.
Here is the link again for you to help you reflect and pray with the Jesse Tree devotions.
Our prayer this month:
(Mar’anatha – Aramaic – the language Jesus would have spoken – which means, come, Lord Jesus! Revelation 22:20 and c.f. 1 Corinthians 16:22d)
Maranatha! Come, Lord Jesus!
Our daily Advent scripture today comes from: The Book of the Prophet Isaiah (Isaiah 11:10) Quotation taken from the CTS New Catholic Bible.
“That day, the root of Jesse shall stand as a signal to the peoples and its home will be glorious.”
We now begin to count down to the day when we remember Jesus’ first coming at Christmas. The Son of God chose to become a tiny baby, born in Bethlehem, wrapped in cloths and laid in a manger in a stable. Although He is the King above all kings, Jesus chose to be born in poverty to make us spiritually rich. He was there in the stable because there was no room for Him and Mary and Joseph in the Inn as the first Roman Census was taking place.
Virtual Advent Calendar picture today and scripture to help us pause, ponder, pray and reflect. Our scripture is taken from the CTS New Catholic Bible.
Every day we shall open our virtual Advent Calendar which has a scripture which tells the story of the first Christmas and we can see a picture in each of the readings to reflect upon during this lovely Season of Hope, Light and expectation!
Today our symbol and picture on our virtual Advent Calendar could be of a dove with an olive branch in its beak. Our reading reminds us that Jesus is the Prince of Peace and He says to us all, “Peace I bequeath to you, my own peace I give you, a peace the world cannot give, this is my gift to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid. ” John 14:27. We also read in Isaiah 9:5b that Jesus is the “Child born for us – a Son given to us – he will be called “Wonder-Counsellor, Mighty-God, Eternal-Father, Prince-of-Peace.”
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.
Our daily scripture reading today comes from: The Book of Psalms (Psalm 71: 5-8) Quotation taken from the CTS New Catholic Bible.
“He shall endure like the sun and the moon from age to age. He shall descend like rain on the meadow, like raindrops on the earth. In his days, justice shall flourish and peace till the moon fails. He shall rule from sea to sea, from the Great River to earth’s bounds.”
Our prayers for today:
Today, I will be keeping a candle burning for your intentions.
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.
Blessings to you all on this day.