Hello everyone, good morning. I hope you are well and may the Lord continue to bless and guide you during this week. May today be filled with exciting possibilities for you.

Welcome to Tuesday’s Spiritual Lift. May you be blessed and encouraged as you read and reflect today.

Our Scripture reading for this week reflects the Season of Advent we have just begun.  Our reading this week comes from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah. (Is.11:1,2) It talks about the new shoot which will grow into a virtuous Branch for the Lord – Jesus Our Messiah.

“A shoot springs from the stock of Jesse, a scion comes 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 fear of the Lord.”

Advent 2021:

We are now in Advent!  On Sunday, the joyful Season of Advent began. We are encouraged to prepare our hearts for the Birth of Our Lord Jesus at Christmas and we look forward with joy and hopeful expectation in the days ahead.  May we grow closer to the Lord in this lovely Season and remember God’s love for each one of us as He gave us His Son, Jesus to be our Saviour. The special colours of the Season are purple/violet and rose pink. Here is some information from the Liturgy Office.

Cycle of Prayer- Liturgy Office Advent:

Liturgical Calendar | Season of Advent (liturgyoffice.org.uk)

Liturgical Calendar | Season of Advent – Liturgy Office

Advent has a twofold character: for it is a time of preparation for the Solemnities of Christmas, in which the First Coming of the Son of God to humanity is remembered; and likewise when, by remembrance of this, minds and hearts are led to look forward to Christ’s Second Coming at the end of time.


Advent Jesse Tree:

This devotion is named after King David’s father, Jesse. Out of the family line of King David will come the Messiah, God’s promised King and his Chosen One who will be born to be our Saviour and Redeemer – Jesus. It is traditional during Advent to pray through an ancient devotion which traces the Genealogy and human Family Tree of Jesus Christ. This concludes on 17th-24th December where we then pray the traditional O Antiphons which are some of the ancient titles of Jesus.

Here is some information from Catholic Culture all about this beautiful Advent devotion.

Liturgical Year : Activities : Jesse Tree Symbols | Catholic Culture

Today we remember Saint Andrew the Apostle. Here is some information about him from www.catholic.orgSaint Andrew is Patron of Scotland, fishermen and singers.  A very Happy Feast Day today to anyone who is Scottish or who have Scottish ancestry.  May the prayers of Saint Andrew accompany you all today.

St. Andrew the Apostle – Saints & Angels – Catholic Online

Holy Father’s Prayer Intentions – November continued. Tomorrow we shall have a new Intention so we can continue praying with Pope Francis every day.

Prayer Intentions Archives – Missio

Prayer Intentions Archives – Missio

Each month the Pope asks us to pray for a particular intention. All of the Holy Father’s intentions are provided for you in our Mission Today magazine and online here. Download the latest version of Mission Today. Pray, watch reflect and take action below.


Our MAC Prayer: 

Our Lady of the Magnificat, Mary the Mother of Jesus, pray for us.  Amen.

Our daily scripture reading today comes from the Book of Psalms. (Psalm 71) Verse quotation is from the CTS New Catholic Bible version.

“In his days justice shall flourish and peace till the moon fails.”

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…..

Our Lady of the Magnificat, pray for us.  Amen. 

Our Lady of Sorrows, Mother and Comforter of the Afflicted, 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, 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 Joseph, 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 Andrew, Apostle of Jesus, pray for us.  Amen. 

Blessings to you all on this day.

Miss Downes

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