Hello everyone, good morning and I hope you are well and your week is going well for you so far.
Weekly Scripture Verse:
Once again, here are the verses of scripture for this week for your inspiration and encouragement. Our verses this week come from the Book of Psalms.
(Psalm 27:7) They are from the CTS New Catholic Bible.
“The LORD is my strength and my shield: in him my heart trusts. I was helped, my heart rejoices and I praise him with my song.”
Welcome to our Spiritual Lift for Wednesday. May the Lord bless you as you read and pray today.
Today we remember the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows.
Mary, the Mother of Jesus, is our Spiritual Mother if we are Catholic Christians and she is also the Mother of all Christians because Jesus gave her to us (those who follow Jesus) and who are represented by the person of St John who stood with Mary on Calvary when Jesus was dying on the Cross.
She is interested in and cares for all of our needs, hopes sorrows and joys. She too, hears all our prayers and presents them to Jesus on our behalf, just like a friend or family member will offer to pray for us. Mary can help us in our times of sorrow because she went through some tough times during her life as she lived her life with Jesus and St Joseph. There are seven sorrows of Our Lady as prayed below:
Traditionally, Our Lady’s Seven Sorrows and related scripture references are:
1) The prophecy of Simeon when Jesus was presented as a baby in the Temple.
2) The Escape into Egypt when Jesus’ infant life was threatened by Herod who attempted to have Him killed.
3) The Finding of Jesus in the Temple in Jerusalem after He had been lost for three days.
4) Mary meeting Jesus on the terrible road to Calvary as He was carrying the Cross to His cruel death by crucifixion.
5) Mary standing at the foot of the Cross staying close to Jesus as He suffered and died.
6) When Jesus’ Body was taken down from the Cross and placed in Mary’s arms.
7) When the Body of Jesus was laid to rest in the tomb.
Some Catholic Christians choose to say special prayers to remember Mary’s Sorrows and these are prayed on beads like a Rosary set called a “Chaplet”. Prayers remembering the many tears that Our Blessed Lady shed during her life with Jesus and St Joseph are also commemorated.
The Catholic Week:
Did you know that each day of the week has a special meaning attached to it and a special theme for prayer?
On Wednesdays we honour Saint Joseph – Husband to Our Blessed Lady and Foster-Father to Our Lord Jesus. He is head of the Holy Family and Saint Joseph is also Patron of Workers and he is Patron of the Universal Church. Here is some more information about this from fisheaters.com.
Our prayers for the day as we ponder these themes:
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.
September is traditionally dedicated to The Holy Cross of Jesus, Our Lady of Sorrows and Care of the earth and creation.
During this month, we see the Liturgical colour -Green -on our prayer tables/spaces and shelves in our classrooms and around school. We reflect upon God’s goodness to us in creation and especially as we gather in the Harvest, and we thank God for the many blessings we receive day by day from Him.
Prayer and Reflection for Creation:
From 1st September until 4th October (The Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi) this special season of prayer, reflection and thanksgiving for creation will continue.
Pope Francis encourages us to treat the earth, each other and our planet home with the greatest respect and do all we can to protect and preserve them in his 2nd Encyclical Letter, ‘Laudato Si’ published in 2015, with the subtitle, “On care for our common home.” If you can, find a copy of this wonderful book and read it slowly and prayerfully.
During September, we honour the Holy Cross of Jesus. We give thanks for the love of God which was shown so clearly in the gift of Jesus Christ His Son, our Lord, through His Life, Death and Resurrection. We also honour Our Lady’s Seven Sorrows which she experienced throughout her lifetime.
Holy Father’s Prayer Intentions – September:
Here is the Holy Father’s Prayer Intentions for the month of September.
Our MAC Prayer:
Our Lady of the Magnificat, Mary the Mother of Jesus, pray for us. Amen.
We are now in Ordinary Time- Autumn:
The special colour is green, and this reminds us of the beauty of the earth and the gathering in of the harvest and giving thanks to God for all His many blessings and gifts to us.
Cycle of Prayer – Liturgy Office:
As we are now in Ordinary Time – Autumn, here is the link to the fantastic information from the Liturgy Office.
|Cycle of Prayer | Ordinary Time: Autumn – Liturgy Office
The Harvest, the Fruits of Human Work, and the Reverent Use of Creation. especially on World Day of prayer for the Care of Creation (1 September) and on last Sunday in September or whenever Harvest Festivals are held.
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.
Our daily scripture reading today comes from Saint Luke’s Gospel. (Luke 2:34,35) Verse quotation is from the CTS New Catholic Bible version.
These verses come from Saint Luke’s Gospel where we read of Mary and Joseph taking the Infant Jesus to be offered to the Lord God in the Temple. This was according to the Jewish Law of Moses as Jesus, being their first-born son needed to be presented to the Lord in thanksgiving. The holy man Simeon predicts the later years of Jesus and especially His sufferings and death on the Cross which cause Our Lady’s heart to pierced with sorrow, grief and pain.
“Simeon blessed them and said, ‘You see this child: He is destined for the fall and for the rising of many in Israel, destined to be a sign that is rejected – and a sword will pierce your own soul too – so that the secret thoughts of many may be laid bare.’ “
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 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, 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.
Blessings to you all on this day.