Good morning everyone! Hello and I hope you are well. I hope that your week is also going well for you in your School Communities.
Welcome to our Spiritual Lift for this Wednesday.
Our weekly scripture to ponder this week comes from: The Letter to the Hebrews. (Heb:12:2) Quotation taken from the CTS New Catholic Bible.
“Let us not lose sight of Jesus, who leads us in our faith and brings it to perfection: for the sake of the joy which was still in the future, he endured the cross, disregarding the shamefulness of it and from now on has taken his place at the right of God’s Throne.”
Today we remember Saint Catherine of Alexandria. Here is some information about her from www.catholic.org.
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 and especially during these past few months in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic. Let us remember 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 prayer this month:
Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them, may they rest in peace. Amen.
Special Scripture reading for the Month of November:
Every day during this month I am sharing a scripture which we can pray about and reflect upon as we bring before the Lord our deceased loved ones and those whom we know who have died. Today’s Scripture comes from: The Book of Psalms (Psalm 117:16b-17) Quotation taken from the CTS New Catholic Bible.
“The Lord’s right hand has triumphed; his hand raised me up. The Lord’s right hand has triumphed; I shall not die, I shall live and recount his deeds.”
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 Month of the Holy Souls as we remember all those who have died it is traditional to pray the Sorrowful Mysteries for them. During the cycle of prayer for the Rosary this week, we will be praying the Glorious 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 Apocalypse (Revelation) Rev.15:3,4 Quotation taken from the CTS New Catholic Bible.
“…they were singing the hymn of Moses, the servant of God, and of the Lamb: ‘How great and wonderful are all your works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are all your ways, King of Nations. Who would not revere and praise your name O Lord? You alone are holy, and all the pagans will come and adore you for the many acts of justice you have shown.”
Our prayers for today:
Today, I will be keeping a candle burning for your intentions.
During this month of November – our prayer each day is taken from the Liturgy of the Office for the Dead.
Remember Lord, those who have died and have gone before us, marked with the sign of faith, especially those for whom we now pray:
(….pause here to call to mind those for whom you wish to pray and offer to God….)
May these and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
This prayer is taken from the “Jesus, Mary and Joseph Novena Manual” from the Confraternity of the Precious Blood of Jesus, written by Father Stedman. Here is another traditional prayer for the Holy Souls this week:
Good Jesus, Whose Loving Heart was ever troubled by the sorrows of others, look with pity on the souls of our dear ones in Purgatory. O You who “loved Your Own”, hear our cry for mercy, and grant that those whom You called from our homes and hearts , may soon enjoy everlasting rest in the home of Thy Love in Heaven. Amen.
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.
All Holy Men and Women, pray for us. Amen
St Gertrude the Great, intercessor for the Holy Souls in Purgatory, pray for us. Amen.
St Catherine of Alexandria, pray for us. Amen.
Blessings to you all on this day.