Good morning everyone, hello and I hope you are well today.
Once again, for your reading, pondering and prayer, here are the special scripture verses for this week. Our verses come from Saint John’s Gospel. (John 8:12)
Let us thank God for the gift of His word to us this week.
“Jesus said, ‘I am the light of the world. Anyone who follows me will have the light of life.’ “
Welcome to our Spiritual Lift for Tuesday. May it be a source of blessing and encouragement to you today.
Today we remember Saint Peter and Saint Paul, Apostles.
Sending special prayers and good wishes for a lovely Feast Day to the Staff, pupils and families who belong to the St Peter’s First School Community today! May the prayers of St Peter go with you all.
The Church honours these two heroes of the early Christian Church, Saints Peter and Paul. They are known as the ‘Princes of the Apostles’, and showed great love and courage in proclaiming the Good News. They were strong and fearless unto death, by both dying as martyrs (Greek for ‘witnesses’), they were bold in telling others about Jesus and the new life He brings through His Life, Death and Resurrection. Tradition has it that Peter was crucified upside down and Paul was beheaded. They both died in Rome, around CE/AD 65-68 under the cruel Roman Emperor, Nero.
Peter was the first Bishop of Rome and the First Pope as Jesus said that on Peter, He would build His Church and Jesus called Peter His “Rock.” Even though His ‘rock’ would later deny knowing Jesus three times. Jesus forgave Peter and gave him another chance to love and serve Him. Following the day of Pentecost when He and the other Apostles received the promised Gift of the Holy Spirit, Peter preached some powerful homilies which enabled over 3,000 people in one day come to faith in Christ. Peter wrote 2 Letters in the New Testament as well, as he was the Shepherd of the Flock of Christ to the Church.
Paul, originally Saul of Tarsus, was a devout Pharisee who persecuted the early Church believers before meeting Jesus, face to face on the road to Damascus. He was baptised and changed his name to Paul. He was a Missionary and preacher who wrote 13 Letters to the different Christian communities and churches which form the bulk of most of the New Testament. He was known as the “Apostle to the Gentiles” because he took the Good News of Jesus to the known non-Jewish world. Both Peter and Paul were founders of the Church of Rome.
Here is some more information about Saint Peter and Saint Paul with videos taken fromwww.catholic.org
Saint Peter and Saint Paul, Apostles, pray for us. Amen.
June – Month of the Sacred Heart:
As the month of June unfolds, in the next few days let us continue to honour the loving and gentle Heart of our loving Lord, Jesus Christ, Our Saviour.
The Sacred Heart of Jesus.
This Divine Heart, full of love and mercy, is the ultimate expression of God’s love for all people. Jesus’ Heart is represented with His Heart pierced, as it was when He died on the cross, the soldier used his spear to check that Jesus had died. It is surrounded by a Crown of Thorns which reminds us of Jesus’ suffering and death and our wrongdoing which wounds the Heart of God when we choose to go our own ways rather than God’s. It has burning flames coming from it which reminds us that God’s Heart burns with deepest, tenderest love for every person and it also the fire of His Holy Spirit. At the top of the Heart, there is a Cross, which reminds us that the cross is at the heart of Jesus and this was the means by which we might be saved and God’s love expressed most fully.
Let us continue to say this special prayer every day this week in honour of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary.
O Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in You! Immaculate Heart of Mary, be our refuge and protection!
Here is a lovely prayer to the Sacred Heart from www.catholic.org
Here are some special Novena prayers (9 days of Prayers) in honour of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
This prayer along with many others can bless you as your journey through this week. Please click on the link above to find more special Prayers to Our Lord.
Month of June – Ordinary Time – 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: June:
Here is the link to the Holy Father Pope Francis’ Special Prayer Intentions for the Month of June 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 Peter’s Catholic First School.
Daily special candle offered for all MAC Staff, pupils and their families – Summer Term 2- June-July 2021
We are now into Summer Term 2 as we are in the Month of June. Let us continue to ask Our Blessed Lady for help and place all our prayers and petitions into her Immaculate Heart where she will offer them to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
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
Today in honour of Saint Peter and Saint Paul we have two readings from scripture. Both sets of verses in the readings come from the CTS New Catholic Bible version.
“Jesus said to Peter, ‘So I now say to you: You are Peter and on this rock, I will build my Church. And the gates of the underworld can never hold out against it.” Matthew 16:18
Saint Paul writes, “As for me, my life is already being poured away as a libation, and the time has come for me to be gone. I have fought the good fight to the end; I have run the race to the finish; I have kept the faith.”
2 Timothy 4:6,7
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…..
Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, pray for us. Amen.
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us. Amen.
Our Lady, Mary, Help of Christians, pray for us. Amen.
Our Lady of Consolation, pray for us. Amen.
Our Lady of Walsingham, 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 Peter and St Paul, Apostles, pray for us. Amen.
Blessings to you all on this day.