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

Welcome to our Wednesday Spiritual Lift.

Today we remember Saint Angela Merici. Here is some information about her from www.catholic.org

St. Angela Merici – Saints & Angels – Catholic Online

It is also Holocaust Memorial Day. Here is a link to their website.

Holocaust Memorial Day Trust (hmd.org.uk)

We are all members of one human and global family.  On this Holocaust Memorial Day we say, ‘Never again.’ and pray for all peoples and nations to come together in a spirit of peace, remembering all that unites us and rejecting all that separates and divides us.

Let us remember those Saints who suffered during the Holocaust and the Second World War and ask them to pray for us. Both of these Saints died in Auschwitz concentration camp.  Saint Maximillian Mary Kolbe, pray for us. Amen. Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, pray for us.  Amen. May the prayers of these Saints accompany us and through their example may we strive to always seek peace and pursue it.

Weekly Scripture Verse:

Our scripture verse for us to ponder and pray for this week comes from the First Letter of St Paul to the Corinthians. (1 Cor 2:9) This verse is taken from the New Revised Standard Version of the Scriptures (NRSV) Catholic 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 as our God speaks to us. May these words help us as we begin another week in lockdown.

“It is written, ‘What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the human heart conceived, what God has prepared for those who love Him.'”

Daily Candle for Teams in school today.

A special candle will be offered today for all involved with the Wednesday Teams working and learning in our School Communities- Pupils, Staff and their families.

Our ‘candle’ prayer this week: Taken from the Book of the Psalms and based on the verse for this week: (Psalm 27:1)

“Lord. you are our light and our salvation, whom/what shall I fear?  You Lord, are the stronghold of my life, of whom/what shall I be afraid? Thank you, Lord.”  Amen.

Cycle of Prayer and the Holy Father’s Prayer Intentions:

We are now into Ordinary Time – Winter and here is some more information about the Prayer Cycle from now until the beginning of the Season of Lent.  I also include a link to the Holy Father Pope Francis’ Special Prayer Intentions for this month from Missio.  www.missio.org.uk

Prayer Intentions Archives – Missio

During Ordinary Time (Winter) up to the Season of Lent, we are encouraged to pray for some new prayer intentions at this time of year with the whole Church.

More details are here for you to access from the Liturgy Office website.

Liturgical Calendar Cycle of Prayer (liturgyoffice.org.uk)

Month of January.

During the month of January, we focus on the Holy Childhood of Jesus and the Names and Titles of Jesus.   

During this month we can offer special prayers to the Infant Jesus.  It is one of the mysteries of our faith that our powerful and eternal God chose to be born as a Man for us here on earth and Jesus was found in human form as a little baby who had to grow as the years went by, just as we do.

He became like us in all things except sin.  As an infant, Jesus was little, helpless and weak for He wanted to be with us as He is our Immanuel, God-With-Us.  Whatever we face today and going forward into this New Year, Jesus is with and walks beside us, sometimes carrying us gently in His loving arms when we are unable to stand.

Our prayer this month: 

To the Divine Infant of Prague, Our Lord Jesus.  Please see the link below.

Infant Jesus of Prague Novena Prayer – Prayers – Catholic Online

Our Name and Title of Jesus for today:

Jesus, The Righteous Branch

Weekly School Community Prayers:

Every week I shall be offering intercessory prayers when I access daily Mass online for each of the School Communities and MAC Schools starting today.  Every day this week I shall be holding in prayer before the Lord, all the Staff, Pupils, Families and Governors/Directors who belong to: Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic First School.

Daily special candle offered for all MAC Staff, pupils and their families – Spring Term 1- January-February 2021.

As we continue on our journey into this Half Term, as we live in these uncertain and trying days both here in our school Communities 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 this Term, a special candle will continue 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 days of trial perplexity and confusion. 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.

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 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.  This week, we will be journeying within the Luminous Mysteries, or Mysteries of Light. These special Mysteries focus on the public life and ministry of Jesus our Lord.  

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.  

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.   

Traditionally, when we pray the Luminous or Light Mysteries, we offer for each Hail Mary a pink rose. This reminds us of the hidden glory of Jesus the Son of God and these Mysteries of His life will lead us to the Sorrowful Mysteries at the conclusion of the three years Jesus spent teaching, preaching and healing.   In them, He announced the coming of God’s Kingdom. These important Mysteries help us to remember that Jesus’ Ministry also included His Passion and Death for us on the Cross. 

Daily Scripture:

Our daily scripture reading today comes from The Letter to the Hebrews (Heb. 10:15-17) Quotation taken from the New revised Standard Version (NRSV) Catholic Bible.

“The Holy Spirit also testifies to us, for after saying, ‘This is the covenant I will make with them, after those days, says the Lord; I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds.’  He also adds, ‘I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more.’ “

Our prayers for today: 

Today, I will be keeping a candle burning for your intentions and will remember you and your prayer intentions at daily Mass online.

Let us ask…..

Lord Jesus Christ, Our Divine Infant King, have mercy on us and help us.  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.

St Angela Merici, pray for us.  Amen.

St Maximillian Mary Kolbe, pray for us.  Amen.

St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, pray for us.  Amen.

Blessings to you all on this day.

Miss Downes



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