Hello everyone, good morning to you all. I hope that your week is going well for you so far.
Once again, for your reading, pondering and prayer, here are the special scripture verses for this week. Our verses come from Saint John’s Gospel. (John 8:12)
Let us thank God for the gift of His word to us this week.
“Jesus said, ‘I am the light of the world. Anyone who follows me will have the light of life.’ “
Welcome to our Spiritual Lift for Wednesday for your pondering and prayer.
Today we remember the First Martyrs of the early Church in the City of Rome.
These were Christians who were persecuted and died for their faith in Jesus under the reign of the Emperor Nero in the year CE/AD 64. Nero blamed them for the terrible fire that broke out in the City of Rome in those days, and had them killed publicly in ‘Nero’s Circus’, within the arena at the Coliseum as part of his ‘entertainment’ and ‘games’. Let us give thanks for the courage these nameless men and women showed in the face of such hatred and cruelty towards them with their strong witness to the faith and unshakeable trust in the Lord. This witness later helped the love and message of Jesus to grow and spread in the City of Rome and in the world.
June: Month of the Sacred Heart:
As the month of June unfolds, as today is the last day of this special month, let us continue to honour the loving and gentle Heart of our loving Lord, Jesus Christ Our Saviour.
The Sacred Heart of Jesus.
This Divine Heart, full of love and mercy, is the ultimate expression of God’s love for all people. Jesus’ Heart is represented with His Heart pierced, as it was when He died on the cross, the soldier used his spear to check that Jesus had died. It is surrounded by a Crown of Thorns which reminds us of Jesus’ suffering and death and our wrongdoing which wounds the Heart of God when we choose to go our own ways rather than God’s. It has burning flames coming from it which reminds us that God’s Heart burns with deepest, tenderest love for every person and it also the fire of His Holy Spirit. At the top of the Heart, there is a Cross, which reminds us that the cross is at the heart of Jesus and this was the means by which we might be saved and God’s love expressed most fully.
Let us continue to say this special prayer every day this week in honour of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary.
O Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in You! Immaculate Heart of Mary, be our refuge and protection!
Here is a lovely prayer to the Sacred Heart from www.catholic.org
Here are some special Novena prayers (9 days of Prayers) in honour of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
This prayer along with many others can bless you as your journey through this week. Please click on the link above to find more special Prayers to Our Lord.
Month of June – Ordinary Time – The Angelus:
In honour of our Blessed Lady, we now continue to say the Angelus all through the year until next Easter. This is a beautiful prayer which is traditionally said every day at 6am, 12noon and 6pm.
It helps us to remember that Jesus Our Lord was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit in Mary’s womb and this great news was given to Mary through the message of the Angel Gabriel to her. Here is a link to this lovely prayer which honours the Son of God becoming human for us in His Incarnation from Our Catholic Prayers.
We are now in Ordinary Time- Summer:
The special colour is green, and this reminds us of the springing up of new life and growth which we can see in creation and nature all around and we have received in our hearts, minds and souls because of the joy and victory of Easter and the promised Gift of the Holy Spirit which we have received.
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: June:
Here is the link to the Holy Father Pope Francis’ Special Prayer Intentions for the Month of June from Missio. www.missio.org.uk
Cycle of Prayer – Liturgy Office:
As we are now in Ordinary Time – Summer, here is the link to the fantastic information from the Liturgy Office.
|Cycle of Prayer | Ordinary Time: Summer – Liturgy Office
Prayer. O God, our past and future hope, to you a thousand years are like yesterday, come and gone. Teach us to see the world through your eyes, to recognise the faults of the past, and, however dimly, to see the future with hope. Let us seek out the places of hurt where we can offer your love and compassion. Find the places of darkness and despair where your mercy can bring light and comfort.
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 Peter’s Catholic First School.
Daily special candle offered for all MAC Staff, pupils and their families – Summer Term 2- June-July 2021
We are now into Summer Term 2 as we are in the Month of June. Let us continue to ask Our Blessed Lady for help and place all our prayers and petitions into her Immaculate Heart where she will offer them to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
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 days 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, we will be journeying again within the Luminous Mysteries or ‘Mysteries of Light’ of the Holy Rosary, and we will, with every Hail Mary being prayed, offer our Lady a beautiful pink rose as this reminds us of the bright light of Jesus Our Lord, the Light of the World and our Lady who reflects His light in her Immaculate Heart and sinless life.
Throughout the year, it is now traditional until the Advent Season to pray the Glorious Mysteries every Wednesday and 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 Lady, Mary, the Mother of Jesus, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, pray for us. Amen.
Our daily scripture reading today comes from the Letter of St Paul to the Romans. (Rom.8: 38,39) The Verse quotation is from the CTS New Catholic Bible version.
“For I am certain of this: neither death nor life, no angel, no prince, nothing that exists, nothing still to come, not any power, or height or depth, nor any created thing, can ever come between us and the love of God made visible in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
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.
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us. Amen.
Our Lady, Mary, Help of Christians, pray for us. Amen.
Our Lady of Consolation, 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 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, First Martyrs of the Church of Rome, pray for us. Amen.
Blessings to you all on this day.