Good morning everyone, hello and I hope you are well today.
Welcome to our Spiritual Lift for Wednesday.
Today we remember three more Saints of the Church. Saints Pancras, Nereus and Achilleus.
We remember Saints Nereus and Achilleus.
They were most likely Roman soldiers as members of the Praetorian Guard from the 1st Century– the Emperor’s bodyguards. They persecuted the early Christians and put many of them to death. Later on, by a miracle of faith, they too were converted to faith in Christ and were later martyred themselves for their Christian faith. Here is some information from Catholic.org.
We remember St Pancras.
Little is known of Pancras’ life. He was a Roman citizen and his name in Greek means, “One who holds everything.” He was born at the end of the 3rd Century and lived in Rome with an uncle after the death of his parents. He died for his faith in Christ in the year 304 under the Emperor Diocletian by being beheaded. He was only 14 years old. He is one of the Saints for teenagers. Here is some information about him from www/catholic.org.
Prayer focus: Month of May:
During the Month of May we remember and honour our Lady, Mary the Mother of Jesus. We especially honour her by saying the Rosary, which is her special prayer and is the prayer most dear to her heart.
Our Lady, Mary the Mother of Jesus, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, pray for us. Amen.
We are encouraged to pray a decade of the Rosary in our homes and families and at School in preparation for the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima on Thursday 13th May.
Rosary Mystery for today: Month of May:
Our Rosary Mysteries today are the Glorious Mysteries.
As we pray today, let us offer our lives to God and pray that in them, His glory may be shown and that He may receive all the praise and honour from them. May we say like Our Lady did when she gave her ‘Yes’ to God our ‘yes’ to God too, whatever He may ask of us today.
Month of May: Weekly Prayer:
Our special prayer this week to Our Lady: The Memorare.
This prayer may be attributed to St Bernard. It is a beautiful prayer of trust in Our Lady’s Motherly Love and Maternal help. As we ask her for help, she will offer our prayers to the Lord.
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary,
that never was it known
that anyone who fled to your protection,
implored your help or sought your intercession
was left unaided.
Inspired by this confidence,
I fly to you,
O Virgin of virgins, my Mother;
to you do I come, before you I stand,
sinful and sorrowful.
O Mother of the Word Incarnate,
despise not my petitions,
but in your mercy, hear and answer me. Amen.
Prayer for the Month of May and Eastertide:
In honour of our Blessed Lady, the usual prayer every day of the ‘Angelus’ is replaced with the ‘Regina Coeli’ or Queen of Heaven.
Prayer source taken from: https://www.ourcatholicprayers.com/regina-coeli.html
Queen of Heaven, rejoice. Alleluia.
For He, whom thou wast worthy to bear. Alleluia.
Has risen as He said. Alleluia.
Pray for us to God. Alleluia.
V. Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary. Alleluia.
R. Because the Lord is truly risen, Alleluia.
Let us pray
O God, Who by the Resurrection of Thy Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, hast been pleased to give joy to the whole world, grant we beseech Thee, that through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, His Mother, we may attain the joys of eternal life. Through the same Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Season of Easter: Week 6:
We are now in the sixth week of the joyful Easter Season. We are an Easter People and ‘Alleluia’ is our song! During these weeks of Easter (7 weeks in total) we celebrate the victorious and glorious rising of the Lord Jesus from death in His triumphant Resurrection that took place on Easter Sunday and we join in with the cries of hope and joy as we hear, ‘He is not here! He is Risen!’
Weekly Scripture Verse: For the 6th Week of Easter:
Our scripture verse for us to ponder and pray for this week comes from the First Letter of Saint John. (1 John 4:7) These verses are taken from the CTS New Catholic Bible 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!
“My dear people, let us love one another since love comes from God and everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows God.”
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: May:
Here is the link to the Holy Father Pope Francis’ Special Prayer Intentions for the Month of May from Missio. www.missio.org.uk
Cycle of Prayer – Liturgy Office:
We are now in the joyful Easter Season. Here is the updated information about the cycle of prayer from now until the Feast of Pentecost, here is the link for the Liturgy Office website with more details of this Season’s Prayer Intentions for Eastertide.
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 1- April – May 2021
As we have now begun our new Half Term let us continue to place all our prayers and petitions into Our Lady’s hands.
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
Weekly Rosary Prayer time from 8-8.30pm. Creating a heavenly rose-garden of prayers in honour of Our Blessed Lady.
Once again, tonight, I will be leading a weekly Rosary in honour of Our Lady to bring prayers for all our intentions in these uncertain and trying times from 8-8.30pm. You are welcome to join me at this time, if you are able, in your home.
Each week, we shall be praying a different Mystery of the Rosary in rotation. Once again, every time we say a Hail Mary well, we offer Our Blessed Mother in Heaven a beautiful rose. She then gathers up all our prayers and presents them to her Divine Son, Jesus for Him to answer as He wills.
This week, we will be journeying again within the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Holy Rosary, and we will, with every Hail Mary being said offer Our Lady a special deep-red rose which is a symbol of the Precious Blood which Jesus shed for us in His Sorrowful Passion and Death.
During the Easter Season it is also traditional to pray the Glorious Mysteries every day from Easter Sunday to Pentecost Sunday.
You can offer your own special prayers during this time, or a single Hail Mary, a full decade or pray all five decades for the Mystery.
Our Lady, Mary, the Mother of Jesus, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, pray for us. Amen.
Our daily scripture reading today comes from the Acts of the Apostles. (Acts 17:27,28) Verse quotation is from the CTS New Catholic Bible version. Here is part of a speech made by St Paul to the Greeks at the Council of the Areopagus included in the Acts of the Apostles.
“And he (God) did this so that all nations may seek the deity and, by feeling their way towards him, succeed in finding him. Yet in fact he is not far from any of us, since it is in him that we live, and move and exist, as indeed, some of your own writers have said: ‘We are his children.’ “
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…..
O Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us and help us Lord! 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.
Sts Pancras, Archilleus and Nereus, martyrs, pray for us. Amen.
Blessings to you all on this day.