Good morning everyone, hope your week is going well for you so far.

Welcome to Wednesday’s Spiritual Lift.

Season of Advent 2020:

Weekly Scripture for Advent Week 3.

As we are now in Week 3 of Advent, and we are encouraged to rejoice! The Latin word for rejoice during Advent is ‘Gaudete’. Our God is coming to save us, and He will be called Immanuel, God-With-Us.   Our scripture reading this week for prayer and reflection comes from: St John’s Gospel (John 1:6-9) Quotation taken from the CTS New Catholic Bible.  St John the Baptist is the herald for Jesus to come.  St John speaks for Jesus Who is to come and points us towards His coming to us, the Messiah, God’s chosen and promised Ruler, our Lord and Saviour.

“A man came, sent by God.  His name was John.   He came as a witness, as a witness to speak for the light, so that everyone might believe through him.  He was not the light, only a witness to speak for the light.  The Word was the true light, that enlightens all.”

Season of Advent 2020:

The joyful and hopeful Season of Advent.  Jesse Tree Devotions.

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.

https://www.catholicculture.org/culture/liturgicalyear/activities/view.cfm?id=545

Month of December:

Following the cycle of the Liturgical Year and the Cycle of prayer link here:

https://www.liturgyoffice.org.uk/Calendar/Cycle/Index.shtml

During the month of December, we are encouraged to read and discover the many treasures of God’s Word, the Holy Scriptures and pray for Expectant Mothers, especially as we remember Our Lady as she carried the unborn Jesus, we pray also for Migrants and Refugees.  As we read and ponder the first Christmas and Epiphany with the journeys undertaken by the Holy Family, we remember that they too were migrants to Bethlehem from Nazareth and later from Bethlehem to Egypt and then from Egypt back to Nazareth many years later.

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 45:6-8) Quotation taken from the CTS New Catholic Bible.

“That all may know from the rising to the setting of the sun, that apart from me, all is nothing.  I am the Lord, unrivalled, I form the light and create the dark.  I make good fortune and create calamity, it is I, the Lord, who do all this.  Send victory like a dew, you heavens, and let the clouds rain it down.  Let the earth open for salvation to spring up.  Let deliverance, too, bud forth which I, the Lord, shall create.”

We are continuing to count down to the day when we remember Jesus’ first coming at Christmas. Our journey is nearly complete! Let us remember how 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. May we draw close to His loving heart as we journey through Advent to the Feast of His Birth for us at Christmas.

Advent Calendar picture today and scripture to help us pause, ponder, pray and reflect.  Our scripture is taken from the CTS New Catholic Bible. 

Today as we open our window on the Advent Calendar today, 16th December, the symbol and picture on our virtual Calendar is of the shepherds arriving at the stable and they find the Baby Jesus, Mary and Joseph.

Our scripture verses today taken from the CTS New Catholic Bible come from: St Luke’s Gospel (Lk 2:16-18)

“So they hurried away and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in the manger.  When they saw the child, they repeated what they had been told about him and everyone who heard it was astonished at what the shepherds had to say.”

Today as we open the window on our Advent Calendar, we see and hear again the wonderful response from the shepherds. This Advent Season, may we, with humble and prayerful hearts, approach the celebration of our Saviour’s birth with wonder and expectation and may we be filled with the love, peace and joy of the Christ-Child, our gentle and loving Saviour and Lord.

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.

Rosary prayer-time, a spiritual bouquet of heavenly roses: From 8-8.30pm this evening.
Tonight, as it is Wednesday, once again all are invited to come together in spirit and prayer this evening to pray the Rosary in our homes. You are most welcome to join us in spirit and prayer during this special time tonight.  You can pray the whole set of Mysteries, just one Hail Mary or offer your own prayers and thoughts during this time. 

During the Season of Advent, we are encouraged to pray the Joyful Mysteries as they help us to remember the Incarnation, Birth and early Childhood of our Saviour and Lord, Jesus Christ.  During the cycle of prayer for the Rosary this week, we will be praying the Sorrowful Mysteries. Let us remember that however we choose to pray, whether it is the full Rosary of 4 Mysteries, just one set of one of the Mysteries or simply a Hail Mary, our own prayers or thoughts, our loving God hears us and He works all things to our good.  

As we pray each Hail Mary, we offer a beautiful rose to Our Lady as the fruits of our prayers.  She then gathers them all up and presents them to Jesus, our loving Lord.  May we continue to place ourselves in His hands during these days and ask for His help and strength. Our focus and intentions are to ask Our Blessed Lady in Heaven, Health of the Sick, Comforter of the Afflicted to join her prayers with ours as we petition our loving God to help, guide and support us during these days of trial and anxiety. 

Our daily scripture reading today comes from: The Book of the Psalms (Psalm 85:15,16a) Quotation taken from the CTS New Catholic Bible.

“But you, God of mercy and compassion, slow to anger, O Lord, abounding in love and truth, turn and take pity on me.”

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.

Miss Downes

 

 

 

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