Theme of the Week
This week our theme is: The Sacraments
Please light a candle if you have one
We begin our time of prayer with a reminder that Jesus died and rose again for us and so we say:
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen
Our School Prayer
O Lord, bless our school that working together and playing together, we may learn to serve you, and to serve one another, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Give me the strength O Lord, to do the work of this day, and grant that at its close I may be found worthy of your trust in me. Amen
A reading from Matthews Gospel. Matthew 18:18
“Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”
The Gospel of the Lord: Thanks be to God
Sometimes this phrase said by Jesus to His apostles can sound rather strange however it is an important reminder that we do here on earth has a direct link with Heaven. As Christians, we do not see Heaven as a distant realm of existence that we are hanging around waiting for. Earth and our Earthly life is not a waiting room for eternal life. God created us to live out as much of our existence as possible but with the knowledge that life does not end when our bodies end here on Earth, but who we are continues into eternity. If we choose to bind ourselves to God here on Earth, we will be bound to Him in Heaven.
Thankfully Jesus gave us seven clear ways in which we can live our lives, binding ourselves to God; the sacraments. We are Baptised and welcomed into His Kingdom family and we can confess when we fall short and heal our relationship with God. We receive God directly when we partake in the Eucharist, receiving the graces of The Son and we receive the Holy Spirit most fully at our confirmation. As we journey through life, we can commit ourselves to serving God and serving other through our vocations of Marriage or Holy Orders. Finally, whenever we find ourselves physically and spiritually sick, we can receive his anointing and healing.
Bind yourself to God throughout your life with prayer and the sacraments so as to bind yourself to Him in Heaven.
Think about your gifts and talents, how could you use them to support the people closest to you?
Do something that brings you joy such as baking, cooking, painting, or any other hobby you love.
Try to avoid the words “Always” and “Never” in conversations, thoughts and prayers.
“The Sacraments are Jesus Christ’s presence I us. So it is important for us to go to Confession and receive Holy Communion”
Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name.
Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
St Wilfrid- Pray for us
St. John Henry Newman-Pray for us
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.