Good morning everyone, hello and I hope that all is going well for you and your week so far.
Welcome to our Spiritual Lift for Wednesday.
Today we remember two more Saints of the Church: Saint Peter Chanel and Saint Louis-Marie Grignion de Montfort.
Here is some information and a video about Saint Peter Chanel from www.catholic.org.
Here is some information about Saint Louis-Marie Grignion de Montfort fromwww.catholicsaints.info
Season of Easter:
We are now in the fourth week of the joyful Easter Season.
We are an Easter People and ‘Alleluia’ is our song! During these weeks of Easter (7 weeks in total) we celebrate the victorious and glorious rising of the Lord Jesus from death in His triumphant Resurrection that took place on Easter Sunday and we join in with the cries of hope and joy as we hear, ‘He is not here! He is Risen!’
Weekly Scripture Verse: For the 4th Week of Easter:
Our scripture verse for us to ponder and pray for this week comes from the Gospel of St John. (John 10:11) These verses are taken from the CTS New Catholic Bible 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!
“Jesus said, ‘I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd is one who lays down his life for his sheep.’ “
Vocations Sunday – 4th Week of Easter – prayer focus:
During this fourth week of Easter, we will continue to pray for Vocations – to the Priesthood and Religious Life, to Married Life and to Apostolic Celibacy. It is traditional to pray for Vocations all the time as part of our own prayers and devotions (particularly on Saturday’s) but especially during these days of the Easter Season. Once again, here is the prayer for Vocations taken from the Archdiocese of Birmingham website for Vocations. Link below:
PRAYER FOR VOCATIONS SUNDAY and 4TH WEEK OF EASTER:
God our Father,
you call each of us to follow Jesus, your Son, on the path he has marked out for us -the way of charity, service and fulfilment.
May the homes and parishes of the Archdiocese of Birmingham be blessed with ever-renewed dedication to the work of building up your kingdom here on earth.
May those whom you call to the priesthood, diaconate and religious life faithfully give themselves to the service of your Church.
Prompted and strengthened by your Holy Spirit, may I respond generously to the call to follow you each day and live out my vocation, to give you glory, for the good of those around me and for my own happiness.
We ask this through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Prayer focus: Month of April:
During the Month of April, we traditionally remember the life-giving work of the Third Member of the Blessed Trinity – the Holy Spirit of God.
Let us make this special prayer to God and ask Him to fill us with the powerful love, tenderness and mercy of His Holy Spirit.
Here is a beautiful prayer we can say every day to ask God for more of the Gift of His Spirit. Come, Holy Spirit, come and fill our hearts!
Breathe into me, Holy Spirit, that my thoughts may all be holy. Move in me, Holy Spirit, that my work, too, may be holy. Attract my heart, Holy Spirit, that I may love only what is holy. Strengthen me, Holy Spirit, that I may defend all that is holy. Protect me, Holy Spirit, that I may always be holy.
Prayer by Saint Augustine of Hippo.
Here are some more special prayers to the Holy Spirit for this month from Catholic.org www.catholic.org.
Prayer for the Month of April and Eastertide:
In honour of our Blessed Lady, the usual prayer every day of the ‘Angelus’ is replaced with the ‘Regina Coeli’ or Queen of Heaven.
Prayer source taken from: https://www.ourcatholicprayers.com/regina-coeli.html
Queen of Heaven, rejoice. Alleluia.
For He, whom thou wast worthy to bear. Alleluia.
Has risen as He said. Alleluia.
Pray for us to God. Alleluia.
V. Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary. Alleluia.
R. Because the Lord is truly risen, Alleluia.
Let us pray
O God, Who by the Resurrection of Thy Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, hast been pleased to give joy to the whole world, grant we beseech Thee, that through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, His Mother, we may attain the joys of eternal life. Through the same Christ, our Lord. Amen.
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.
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.
Holy Father’s Prayer Intentions: April:
Here is the link to the Holy Father Pope Francis’ Special Prayer Intentions for the Month of April from Missio. www.missio.org.uk
Cycle of Prayer – Liturgy Office:
We are now in the joyful Easter Season. Here is the updated information about the cycle of prayer from now until the Feast of Pentecost, here is the link for the Liturgy Office website with more details of this Season’s Prayer Intentions for Eastertide.
Weekly School Community Prayers:
Every week I shall be offering intercessory prayers for each of the MAC School Communities. Every day this week I shall be holding in prayer before the Lord, all the Staff, Pupils, Families and Governors/Directors who belong to the schools within: Saint Thomas More Catholic First School.
Daily special candle offered for all MAC Staff, pupils and their families – Summer Term 1- April – May 2021
As we have now begun our new Half Term let us continue to place all our prayers and petitions into Our Lady’s hands.
A special candle continues 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 extraordinary and unprecedented days. May your days and weeks go well for you, your pupils, and their families who live and work 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, tonight, 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. 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.
This week, especially as we are in the Season of Easter, we will be journeying again within the Joyful Mysteries of the Holy Rosary and we will, with every Hail Mary being prayed offer Our Blessed Lady some special snow-white roses which are a symbol of Mary’s purity and the holiness of Our Lord Jesus.
During the Easter Season it is also traditional to pray the Glorious Mysteries every day from Easter Sunday to Pentecost Sunday.
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.
Our daily scripture reading today comes from the Book of the Psalms. (Psalm 67:5) Verse quotation is from the CTS New Catholic Bible Version.
“O sing to the Lord, make music to his name; make a highway for him who rides on the clouds. Rejoice in the Lord, exult at his presence.”
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…..
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 Louis-Marie Grignion de Montfort, pray for us. Amen.
St Peter Chanel, pray for us. Amen.
Blessings to you all on this day.