Hello again everyone.
Welcome to Monday’s Spiritual Lift.
Season of Advent 2020:
As we continue into Week 2 of Advent, our scripture reading this week for prayer and reflection comes from: St Mark’s Gospel (Mark 1:2-4) Quotation taken from the CTS New Catholic Bible.
“It is written in the book of the Prophet Isaiah :‘Look, I am going to send my messenger before you; he will prepare your way: A voice cries in the wilderness: Prepare a way for the Lord, make his paths straight’, and so it was that John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.”
Today we remember Saint Ambrose. Here is some information about him and a video from www.catholic.org.uk
Season of Advent 2020:
We are now at the start of the joyful and hopeful Season of Advent.
A lovely tradition within the Church is to pray and reflect on the Family Tree of Jesus Christ Our Lord and Saviour. It is called a ‘Jesse Tree’ and with prayers, scripture readings and reflections, along with symbols relating to each day of the devotion these are hung on a tree throughout December and the Season of Advent. The ‘Jesse Tree’ links us up with the Genealogy – the Family line -of Jesus as recorded in St Matthew’s Gospel, all the way from Abraham to Jesus Himself. (Matthew 1:1-16)
The ‘tree’ can be either a paper one, the main Christmas Tree in the family room or a special little tree, made from evergreens for this use.
It is called a ‘Jesse Tree’, because Jesse was the father of King David, and Jesus is related to King David because He is of the Family Line and House of David through St Joseph. This was part of the Lord’s plan for our redemption and salvation through Jesus. St Joseph, foster-father and guardian of Jesus and Husband of Mary, Our Lady, was of the Family Line of David, which is why Jesus was born in Bethlehem because David’s Line originated here. Here is some information about this devotion and tradition in the link below.
Here is the link again for you to help you reflect and pray with the Jesse Tree devotions.
Month of December:
Following the cycle of the Liturgical Year and the Cycle of prayer link here:
During the month of December, we are encouraged to read and discover the many treasures of God’s Word, the Holy Scriptures and pray for Expectant Mothers, especially as we remember Our Lady as she carried the unborn Jesus, we pray also for Migrants and Refugees. As we read and ponder the first Christmas and Epiphany with the journeys undertaken by the Holy Family, we remember that they too were migrants to Bethlehem from Nazareth and later from Bethlehem to Egypt and then from Egypt back to Nazareth many years later.
Our prayer this month:
(Mar’anatha – Aramaic – the language Jesus would have spoken – which means, come, Lord Jesus! Revelation 22:20 and c.f. 1 Corinthians 16:22d)
Maranatha! Come, Lord Jesus!
Our daily Advent scripture today comes from: The Book of the Prophet Isaiah (Is 35:3,4) Quotation taken from the CTS New Catholic Bible.
“Strengthen all weary hands, steady all trembling knees and say to all faint hearts, ‘Courage! Do not be afraid. Look, your God is coming, vengeance is coming, the retribution of God; he is coming to save you.’ “
We now begin to count down to the day when we remember Jesus’ first coming at Christmas. The Son of God chose to become a tiny baby, born in Bethlehem, wrapped in cloths and laid in a manger in a stable. Although He is the King above all kings, Jesus chose to be born in poverty to make us spiritually rich. He was there in the stable because there was no room for Him and Mary and Joseph in the Inn as the first Roman Census was taking place.
Advent Calendar picture today and scripture to help us pause, ponder, pray and reflect. Our scripture is taken from the CTS New Catholic Bible.
Today as we open our window on the Advent Calendar today,7th December, the symbol and picture on our virtual Calendar is of Mary and Joseph travelling to Bethlehem on the donkey.
Our scripture verses today taken from the CTS New Catholic Bible come from St Luke’s Gospel (Luke 2:4,5).
“So Joseph set out from the town of Nazareth in Galilee and travelled up to Judaea, to the town of David called Bethlehem, since he was of David’s House and line, in order to be registered together with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child.”
Today as we open the window on our Advent Calendar, may it remind us that we too, are on a journey. We are journeying through Advent towards the wonderful day when Jesus our Saviour is born for us. Like Mary and Joseph, may we seek God each day and ask Him to guide us on our way with love and trust in His provision for us. He will lead the way for us, and He will provide all we need to help us reach our destination, the heart of God. By His Incarnation and Birth, Jesus reveals God’s heart of love to our human eyes.
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.
Our daily scripture reading today comes from: The Book of Psalms (Psalm 86:5,6) Quotation taken from the CTS New Catholic Bible.
“O Lord, you are good and forgiving, full of love to all who call. Give heed, O Lord, to my prayer and attend to the sound of my voice.”
Our prayers for today:
Today, I will be keeping a candle burning for your intentions.
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.
St Ambrose, pray for us. Amen.
Blessings to you all on this day.