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Month of May

Posted: May 5, 2016 in Our Lady, Prayer

It’s been a long-standing Catholic tradition to honour the Blessed Virgin Mary during the month of May. In most Catholic churches the Lady chapel  is decorated with flowers, and perhaps candles. The altar stands from May 1-31 as a reminder of Mary’s importance in the life of the Church and in our own lives as well.

May - The month of MaryAdditionally, many Catholic churches and families hold a “May Crowning,” presenting Mary with a crown made of blossoms or other hand-crafted materials to signify her queenship as the mother of Christ, the King. I’ve even seen some crowns made of glistening metal and synthetic jewels.

Why is the entire month of May given to the honouring of Mary?

The tradition dates all the way back to the ancient Greeks who dedicated the month of May to Artemis, the goddess of fecundity. Romans also claimed May to honor Flora, the goddess of bloom or blossoms. They celebrated “floral games” at the end of April and petitioned Flora’s intercession for all that blooms. In medieval times, a tradition arose of expelling winter at this time of year, since May 1 was considered the start of new growth.

It was during the Middle Ages (eleventh century) that the idea of giving the month of May to Mary began with an old tradition, the “Thirty-Day Devotion to Mary”, which was originally held August 15-September 14. During the month, special devotions to Mary were organized, and this custom, which began in Italy eventually spread elsewhere.

Although we don’t see Mary as a goddess of any sort – Catholics do not worship Mary, we honour, or venerate, her as Jesus’ mother – we’ve adapted the early Greek and Roman customs of honouring important women in their religions by honouring the most important woman in our religion: Mary.

Here are five reasons why it makes sense for you to honour Mary this month.

1. Mary is Jesus’ mother. She is the instrument of the Incarnation and her yes, or fiat, made it possible for our Lord to become the God-Man who was Crucified for our salvation.

2. She is the first and most perfect disciple. Mary was the first to hear the Good News, and the first to follow Christ. Her entire life was devoted to him and assisting him, in whatever way she could, to carry on his mission. Unaffected by Original Sin, she was able to perfectly open herself to God’s will.

3. She’s your Mum. No, really. She is. To put it simply, she’s our mother because we are all members of the Body of Christ. Since she gave birth to that Body, then she’s our mother, too. At the moment she gave her fiat, she became our mother in the order of grace. She may not have given birth to us physically, but she certainly has given birth to us spiritually. (Check out CCC #964)

4. She loves you more than you can ever imagine. If she didn’t, would she have endured the horror of seeing her Son tortured, scourged, crowned with thorns, carry the Cross to Calvary, and die a gruesome death on it? She did it for you, for all of us, because she understood that Jesus’ Passion and Crucifixion was the only way to your (our) salvation. She loves you like no human mother ever could.

5. Not only is she Mother, but she also is Advocate, Helper, Benefactress and Mediatrix (CCC #969). Her job, so to speak, began at the moment she conceived Jesus in her womb and continues until this day. What’s more, it will continue for all eternity. As the first and most perfect disciple, she is devoted to accompanying him and continuing her saving office by interceding for us so that we may receive the gifts of eternal salvation. She’s at work 24/7/365/forever, for whatever we need, whenever we need it.

At St James’ we will be saying the rosary every morning at 8:10am in the Chapel.  Why not come and join us.

Prayers for the start of term

Posted: September 1, 2015 in Prayer

A Prayer of Thanks for all God’s Children Lord our God, We thank you that you made each one of us in your image and likeness, and that we are all your beloved children. At the beginning of this term we pray for the pupils at St. James’.

We pray for pupils who:

 make us smile;

 challenge our way of thinking;

 test our patience;

 we find easy to like;

 we find difficult to like;

 are bright;

 are hardworking;

 find learning tough;

 get on our nerves;

 are a delight;

 like to laugh;

 always look sad;

 always look lost;

 talk all the time;

 never say a word;

 are easily overlooked;

 are impossible to ignore;

 remind us of ourselves when we were younger!

We thank you for all the pupils who have an impact on our lives and for the privilege of having an impact on their lives.

Lord, help us not to label pupils or fall into the trap of thinking we have got them sussed. Help us to be open to new revelations and the work of your Holy Spirit in each of their lives. Lord, use those we teach to teach us. Help us to be Christ-like at all times; seeing each one with your eyes and valuing them with your heart of love.

We ask this prayer in the name of Jesus the teacher. Amen

Anti bullying week

Posted: November 16, 2014 in Prayer

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This week is Anti-bully week.

The aim of the week is to raise awareness of bullying and to make bullying unacceptable – for everyone, everywhere . The following site contains some great Powerpoint’s and presentations. Click on the Morning Prayer link for the weekly prayer sheet.

http://www.antibullyingweek.org

Dear Lord,
We know that you have given us the freedom to choose.
We can choose whether to treat others with kindness and respect or to scorn, bully and abuse them.
Help us to choose rightly.
Help us to recognise the divine image in each one of us, however different we may be as individuals.
Help us to resist the pressures of others who want us to join them in making someone a victim of their cruelty.
Help us to know that in hurting others we are harming our better selves and hurting you. Amen

Remembrance Day

Posted: November 8, 2014 in Prayer, Remembrance

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Remembrance Sunday falls on the Sunday nearest Armistice Day, 11 November, which marks the end of the First World War.

It’s particularly poignant this year as commemorations mark the 100 year anniversary of the start of World War One.

On this day we remember all those who gave their lives for their country, all who suffered and died through acts of war and those who were left behind to grieve and mourn.

In England and Wales one Mass for the Dead may be celebrated on this Sunday.

Prayer for the week
O God, merciful and strong,
who crush wars and cast down the proud,
be pleased to banish violence swiftly from our midst
and to wipe away all tears,
so that we may all truly deserve to be called your children.

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One World Week

Posted: October 18, 2014 in Prayer

Click here for this weeks Prayer powerpoint

Prayer for the week:
Grant us a spirit of concern for the future of our environment;
Bring an end to the exploitation of the earth’s scarce resources;
Encourage us to be responsible stewards of your creation.
Response: Lord, make us prophets of our time

Grant us a spirit of respect, recognising the value and integrity of each person; Encourage us to be accepting of ourselves and of others.

Response: Lord, make us prophets of our time

Help us become advocates of peace, bringing an end to conflict and division; Renew our commitment to challenging the causes of injustice.
Response: Lord, make us prophets of our time

Grant us a spirit of openness to see God within and around us;
Help us rejoice in the good we have experienced as we move forward to the future;
Help us use our senses to celebrate beauty and creativity in the world.
Response: Lord, make us prophets of our time

Grant us a spirit of truth to recognise failings, which have hurt us, others and the world;
Give us the humility to ask forgiveness for our part in any wrongdoing;
Response: Lord, make us prophets of our time

Grant us a spirit of generosity to reach out in trust to those we encounter;
Help us to embody God’s love in our relationships with one another.
Response: Lord, make us prophets of our time

May the month of Our Lady

Posted: May 22, 2014 in Our Lady, Prayer

Basic Rosary Guide

At the crucifix, begin with the Sign of the Cross and the Apostles Creed.

On the first large bead say the Our Father

Holy Rosary diagramFollowed by three Hail Marys. It is customary to say “I offer these three Hail Marys for the increase in the virtues of faith, hope and charity.
Faith – pray to increase your faith in God
Hope – pray for a deeper desire and hope for heaven
Charity – pray to have a deeper love for your neighbours

Then say one Glory Be prayer

Now you are at the medal that joins the beads.

Here announce any prayer intentions you have.

Then announce the first Joyful, Luminous, Sorrowful or Glorious Mystery depending upon what mysteries you are meditating on this particular day.

At this point you may read a meditation or look at a picture of the mystery that will aid in your meditation.

Then begin the decade with one Our Father all the while keeping hold of the medal.

On the ten small beads that follow pray ten Hail Marys.

Followed by one Glory Be Prayer.

Then the Fatima Prayer.

When you come to the large bead, announce the second respective mystery, look at a meditation aid then pray one Our Father.

On the ten small beads pray another set of ten Hail Marys followed by one Glory Be and the Fatima Prayer called a decade, as before.

Continue this pattern of announcing the mystery and praying a decade. Do this for the third, fourth and fifth mystery consecutively followed by one Our Father, ten Hail Marys, one Glory Be and the Fatima Prayer.

After the fifth and final decade has been prayed, after the Fatima Prayer, pray theHail Holy Queen prayer.

It is customary to finish the Rosary prayers with the “Let us Pray” prayer from the Breviary followed by the Saint Michael Prayer.

Now just as you began, end with the Sign of the Cross.

Prayer for Preparation to Study

Posted: May 22, 2014 in Prayer

Lord, I know you are with me and love me.

Give me peace of mind as I prepare for this time of study.
Help me to focus on my books and notes,
keep me from all distractions so that I will make the best use
of this time that is available to me.

Give me insight that I might understand what I am studying ,
and help me to remember it when the time comes.
Above all, I thank you for the ability to be able to study
and for the many gifts and talents you have given me.
Help me always to use them in such a way
that they honour you and do justice to myself.  Amen