Hello everyone, good morning, and I hope that your week is going well for you so far.

Welcome to our Spiritual Lift for Wednesday. May it be a source of blessing to you today.

We are moving into the last few weeks of the current Church Year now, before we begin the Season of Advent and when we will celebrate a new Church Year.  Our new scripture verses for this week have a prophetic theme to them, as we await with joy the coming of the Lord. Our verses this week come from Saint Matthew’s Gospel. (Matthew 24:42,44)

“Stay awake and stand ready, because you do not know the hour when the Son of Man is coming.”

Today we remember three more Saints of the Church. Saint Hilda of Whitby, Saint Hugh of Lincoln and Saint Elizabeth, Queen of Hungary.

Here is some information about them from www.catholic.org.

St. Hilda of Whitby – Saints & Angels – Catholic Online

St. Hugh of Lincoln – Saints & Angels – Catholic Online

St. Elizabeth of Hungary – Saints & Angels – Catholic Online

As we continue through this special month in honour of the Holy Souls, let us pray daily for them, using the prayers below from www.catholic.org.

Daily Prayer For The Holy Souls – Prayers – Catholic Online

Month of November: 

November is the special month dedicated to praying for the Holy Souls, the faithful departed, our deceased loved ones, friends and ​neighbours.   It is also the month of Remembrance.   

During this month of November, let us pause and remember to pray for all those who have died recently and those whose anniversaries occur around this time. As Coronavirus is still very much with us, let us remember especially all those who have lost their lives due to COVID19, in England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and in all countries of the world.  May the Lord grant them eternal rest, light and peace within His Heavenly Kingdom and give comfort and help to their loved ones in these days. 

Our prayers this month: 

Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them, may they rest in peace.  Amen. 

May all those who have died be received into the peace and happiness of God’s eternal home and may His light and love surround them always.  Amen.

Holy Father’s Prayer Intentions – November:  Here are the Holy Father’s Prayer Intentions for November.

November Prayer Intention – Missio

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

We continue to be 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 (liturgyoffice.org.uk)

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.

www.liturgyoffice.org.uk

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.

Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales (cbcew.org.uk)

Here are some special prayers we can say during the Year of Saint Joseph.  These are from www.ourcatholicprayers.com

Prayers to St. Joseph: To the Most Loving of Fathers (ourcatholicprayers.com)

Here are some special prayers from Daily Prayers.org which are all in honour of Saint Joseph.  Some prayers have been written by Pope Francis. 

Prayer to St Joseph | DAILY PRAYERS (daily-prayers.org)

Our daily scripture reading today comes from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah. (Isaiah 32:7) Verse quotation is from the CTS New Catholic Bible version.

“The fruit of righteousness will be peace; the effect of righteousness will be quietness and confidence for ever.”

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 Hilda of Whitby, pray for us.  Amen.

St Hugh of Lincoln, pray for us.  Amen.

St Elizabeth, Queen of Hungary, pray for us.  Amen.

Blessings to you all on this day.

Miss Downes

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