Good morning everyone. Hope you are well today.
Welcome to today’s Spiritual Lift on this Wednesday.
Today is the Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord. We remember the Magi’s (Wise men from the East) visit to the Infant Lord Jesus and they presented Him with their gifts of Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh.
Gold for the King of kings, Frankincense for Priesthood, prayer and worship and Jesus is the Great High Priest, Myrrh for sacrifice and suffering, anointing for burial and fulfilment of the Prophecy for Jesus is the Suffering Servant who came to earth, not to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for all people when He died on the Cross.
Tradition tells us that the names of the Magi were Caspar, Balthasar and Melchior.
Here is some more information about this special Feast from www.catholicaction.org.
As it is the Feast of the Epiphany, I include St Chad’s Cathedral’s Website for you here as Mass is available today.
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. As we work together, may the beautiful prayer of St Columba of Iona inspire us today in all we do.
Prayer taken from: Prayer of Saint Columba (catholicdoors.com)
Be, Lord Jesus, a bright flame before me,
a guiding star above me,
a smooth path below me,
a kindly shepherd behind me:
today, tonight, and forever. Amen.
New Year 2021:
As we begin another day of national lockdown, the need for drawing upon the strength which the Lord alone provides is greater than ever.
In these uncertain days and times let us be reminded of these words from St Teresa of Avila. “Let nothing disturb you, let nothing frighten you, all things pass, God never changes. Patience achieves all it strives for. Whover has God lacks nothing, for God alone suffices.”
Weekly Scripture Verse:
Our scripture verse for us to ponder and pray for this week comes from The Book of the Psalms. (Psalm 139:16) 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.
Lord, “Your eyes beheld my unformed substance. In your book were written all the days that were formed for me when none of them as yet existed.”
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.
Our Name and Title of Jesus for today:
Jesus, the Messiah, God’s promised One.
Following the cycle of the Liturgical Year and the Cycle of prayer link here:
Daily special candle offered for all MAC Staff, pupils and their families – Spring Term 1- January-February 2021.
As we begin a new calendar year and journey into a new 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 the whole of the Spring Term 1, 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
Our daily scripture reading today comes from St Matthew’s Gospel:(Matthew 2:10,11) Quotation taken from the New revised Standard Version (NRSV) Catholic Bible.
“When they (Wise Men – Magi – visitors from the East) saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy. On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure-chests they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.”
Our prayers for today:
Today, I will be keeping a candle burning for your intentions.
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.
Blessings to you all on this day.