The Word of the Week is Healing!

This week we celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, our Trust Patron Saint. When Our Lady appeared to St Bernadette in Lourdes, she called people to her to bathe in the water, to say they were sorry and find healing. Today millions of people visit Lourdes looking for the same peace and healing in their lives. That healing is not always physical, sometimes it can be mental or emotional too and as we celebrate this beautiful feast let us think about the things that we need healing and how we bring healing to others.

Click on a different tabs below each day and explore the different resources we will be exploring at home and in school this week! There are enough things to do one for every day and more if you wish!

Preparing a prayer space at home or in your classrooms:

Changing the environment and atmosphere that we are in can really help inspire our prayer. There are many ways you can do this, for example, you could move into a different room, clear a space or put away your work to help you have a clear mindset. You could change the lighting or the way you are sitting to help you feel more relaxed or you could have an object or image to look at or hold to help you focus your prayer. 

Liturgical Colour: Green- Ordinary Time 

We are in our fourth week of Ordinary Time and therefore the liturgical colour is green. The colour green signifies hope, life and growth and during this time we explore the life and ministry of Jesus and search to follow in his footsteps and grow as a church. (If you have a piece of green paper or piece of fabric like a blanket, pillow case or cloth you could use the fabric for a prayer focus in your classroom or homes)

Bible“All scripture is inspired by God…” Timothy 3:16

Scripture is at the centre of everything the Church does. The Word of God shapes our prayer and worship. The Bible shows us how to understand the world, how we are called to live and relate to each other.

Candle or electric candle – (you may have a lamp or fairy lights you could use)

A candle reminds us that Jesus brings light to darkness, and Jesus is the light of the world. Just as a candle burns its wick and sacrifices its body to share light, Jesus gave of his body to save us all and bring light to darkness.

Crucifix – For God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not die but have eternal life. John 3:16

The crucifix reminds us the greatest act of love, Jesus’ sacrifice and death that gives us eternal life in the kingdom of heaven.

Leader/Student: Let us start our prayer by making the Sign of the Cross.

All: In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

The word of the week is Healing! In Sunday’s Gospel we hear about Jesus’ healing power and the power of prayer that can heal our lives…

How can you make time in your lives to talk with God?

This week’s Sunday Gospel Reflection is by Deacon Andrew Martin…

Leader/Student: We end our prayer by making the Sign of the Cross.

All: In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Leader/Student: Let us start our prayer by making the Sign of the Cross.

All: In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

On Thursday it is the Feast Day of our Patron Saint, Our Lady of Lourdes. Happy Feast Day!

The name ‘Our Lady of Lourdes’ was given to the Virgin Mary in honour of the apparitions (images)
seen by a poor, uneducated girl called Bernadette, who we now know as St Bernadette, at
Lourdes in France. Between Thursday 11th February 1858 and Friday 16th July 1858, Our
Lady appeared to St Bernadette 18 times!

When Mary appeared to St Bernadette, they prayed the rosary together and Mary
encouraged and helped St Bernadette do many things, including to pray for sinners, to bring
candles when she visited. Our Lady also told Bernadette to tell the priest to build a chapel at
the site of the Grotto so that people could visit and pray in.
During the second to last apparition the crowd that gathered to see Bernadette visit the
grotto saw the flame of the candle burn through Bernadette’s hand but she did not feel it.
When a nearby doctor unexpectedly tried the same thing after the apparition she cried out
in pain.

Lourdes is a very special place. Around 7 million people journey to Lourdes each year and
our very own sixth formers are given the opportunity to journey to Lourdes every July,
which is an incredible, life changing experience!

Until 1858, Lourdes was a small town in the foothills of the Pyrenees, with a population
of around 4,000 people. And it is now one of the most visited places in the world. There
have been 70 people who have had official medical healings in Lourdes that cannot be
explained by medical science since 1858. And there are countless people who have come
away having felt healed by Jesus in some way or other.

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Who is Our Lady of Lourdes?

What is Pilgrimage?

Pilgrimage is a meaningful journey, this may be to a sacred place. Pilgrimage provides the opportunity to step out of the non-stop busyness of our lives and seek a time of quiet and reflection. It gives us the chance to ‘walk through’ those issues that we have on our minds, whatever they might be. It is a time of simply ‘being’ rather than always ‘doing’.

Pilgrimage can also be a highly sociable activity, allowing us to enjoy the company of others we meet on the road. It gives us the chance re-energise mentally, physical and spiritually.

Why Pilgrimage?

People go on pilgrimage for many reasons and you don’t have to be religious to go on pilgrimage!

Often, people go on pilgrimage when they are undergoing a change in their life’s direction. Others may be in search of a deeper spirituality, healing and forgiveness. Others may go on a pilgrimage to mark a special occasion. Pilgrimages are also a great adventure with the chance to meet new people and see new places!

Christians may seek to go on Pilgrimage to set aside time for God and feel closer to him; to search for God’s help and guidance during times of change or difficulty; to strengthen their faith or to feel inspired by the communion of saints who have gone before us and other people on a journey of Pilgrimage.

Nottingham to Lourdes

As our theme of the day is pilgrimage, we invite you to watch these videos of the Nottingham to Lourdes pilgrimage from 2018 and 2016 – you may see some familiar faces! As you are watching the video, we invite you to think about and pray for the people in your lives who are struggling in their pilgrimage journey and are in need of our prayers.

 

Let us Pray…

The Our Lady of Lourdes Trust Prayer…

God Our Father,

Give us strength so that, guided by Our Lady’s example,
we can have the courage to say yes to you.
Help us to love like she loves, have faith like she has
and follow Jesus’ example in all that we do.
Inspire in all of us a sense of togetherness, so that we can use
the gifts you have given us for the good of all in our community

and bring support and healing to those less fortunate than ourselves.
We ask Our Lady to guide us, just as she guided St Bernadette,
as we seek to bring Jesus’ message of love
and forgiveness to others.

We ask this through Jesus Christ, your Son, Our Lord.

Amen

Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us.

Leader/Student: We end our prayer by making the Sign of the Cross.

All: In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Leader/Student: Let us start our prayer by making the Sign of the Cross.

All: In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Our Lady of Lourdes encouraged people to pray the rosary and to come in procession to the Chapel in Lourdes.

This week, as we celebrate the Our Lady of Lourdes Feast Day, we invite you to pray a decade of the Rosary with our Trust using the video below, you may see some familiar faces!

During these times it is reassuring to know that others are praying with you and for you.

What intentions do you want to offer when praying the rosary today? Is there a person, people, place or thing that needs your prayers?

 

If you would like to learn how to pray the rosary, click on the blue link below for a helpful guide!

Rosary Army How To Pray The Rosary ENG 2020

Leader/Student: We end our prayer by making the Sign of the Cross.

All: In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Leader/Student: Let us start our prayer by making the Sign of the Cross.

All: In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

We are going to explore a piece of scripture from Mark’s Gospel, which narrates the time a woman was cured by touching the hem of Jesus’ garment. Read the scripture and have a think about the power of healing.

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Mark…

Response: Glory to you O Lord

There was a woman who had suffered terribly from severe bleeding for twelve years, even
though she had been treated by many doctors. She had spent all her money, but instead of
getting better she got worse all the time. She had heard about Jesus, so she came in the
crowd behind him, saying to herself, “If I just touch his clothes, I will get well.”
She touched his cloak, and her bleeding stopped at once; and she had the feeling inside
herself that she was healed of her trouble. At once Jesus knew that power had gone out of
him, so he turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?”

His disciples answered, “You see how the people are crowding you; why do you ask who
touched you?”
But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it. The woman realized what had
happened to her, so she came, trembling with fear, knelt at his feet, and told him the whole
truth. Jesus said to her, “My daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace, and be
healed of your trouble.”

The Gospel of the Lord

Response: Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ

Gospel reflection:

We invite you to get comfortable in your seats as we reflect on the Gospel reading we have just heard. Spend this time imagining that you are in the story as it takes place.

This Gospel story we just heard takes place during another story within Mark’s Gospel.
Before Jesus heals the woman with severe bleeding, Jesus is approached by the leader of
the synagogue who asks Jesus to come and heal his daughter who is dying. The leader is
an important man in the town and it could have been very easy for Jesus to focus on this
alone because somebody very popular and important wanted his help.
We can often be like this; somebody very important or popular speaks to us or asks us to
do something and we can forget everyone else around us. However, Jesus did not do this;
he is aware of everyone who needs his help, especially the people of lower status.

The woman who was bleeding would have been an outcast of the town; the people of
the time would have avoided her because of her illness. She would have been rejected so

much that she didn’t dare ask Jesus for his help. She does not see herself important
enough to speak to him. Yet she believes; she believes that Jesus has the power to heal
her, that he is so powerful she just needs to touch the very edge of his clothes and she
will be healed.

What great faith she has; what great love she has for Jesus. Imagine how scared she
would have been walking into a crowd so large and full of people who dislike her. She has
to try to fight her way to the front to get close to Jesus; this is her one chance to have all
her pain taken away. She must have been so excited too as she approached Jesus, the
miracle worker, the Messiah.

Did she know that Jesus was the Son of God?
What about us? Do we believe in Jesus’ power? His love? That he can bring us peace and
healing? Would we go to the same great efforts to reach him?
When the woman touched Jesus’ garment, he knew she was there. Jesus knows the
deepest thoughts of our hearts and minds. Jesus knew that she loved him and wanted to
be healed.

Jesus could have ignored her because he had somewhere important to be. But he didn’t.
He stopped because he wanted to meet her. In this moment, she encountered Jesus and
trusted him with all her worries, as he gave her peace.

 

Is there someone you need to pray for who needs healing in their life? This may be physical healing or emotional healing…

Where do you need healing in your life right now?

What can you do to help heal and bring peace into your life and others lives?

Lord Jesus, you heal our hearts and minds when we are feeling weak or sad. May we reach out to you so that you may bring peace into our lives.

Amen.

 

Leader/Student: We end our prayer by making the Sign of the Cross.

All: In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Leader/Student: Let us start our prayer by making the Sign of the Cross.

All: In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Music is one of the ways many of us can find peace and healing in our lives. Below are some songs which link to our themes of the week: Healing and Our Lady or Lourdes. Spend some time listening to one (or more) of the songs below and use that time to reflect on the words and offer any prayers you have to God. Allow yourself to have that time of healing and peace.

Hail Mary,

Full of Grace,

The Lord is with thee.

Blessed art thou among women,

and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.

Holy Mary, Mother of God,

pray for us sinners now,

and at the hour of death.

Amen

Leader/Student: We end our prayer by making the Sign of the Cross.

All: In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

There are lots of videos and resources created by The Briars team each week to help us to stay connected and explore our faith, below are some of the things they are offering each week!…

Leader/Student: Let us start our prayer by making the Sign of the Cross.

All: In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Let’s find out more about what’s happening in the week ahead in the Church’s Liturgical Calendar…

Monday

Join The Briars team with live guests and prayer every Monday morning at 9:30am, to help us stay connected and start our week in a positive way.

If you miss the live stream you can still catch up on NDCYS Live YouTube channel. Hit subscribe and set a reminder for every Monday! We’ll see you there 🙂

Tuesday

Tuesday Mornings- P.E with Jesus

Wednesday

Wednesday Evenings Night Prayer at 8pm with The Briars Team- Join us and leave your prayer intentions in the comments as we pray together from our homes every Wednesday evening. 

Thursday

Thursday Mornings – PE with Jesus

Friday

Friday Night Live show – Every Friday Evening

 Get your household together and join the team for special guests, games and challenges, prayer and reflection!

Leader/Student: We end our prayer by making the Sign of the Cross.

All: In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Although we are facing challenging times, we can still take positive steps and find reasons to be hopeful. We need each other more than ever right now!

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Leader/Student: Let us start our prayer by making the Sign of the Cross.

All: In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

A prayer of Joy

Lord, help me to

cherish the last time I really laughed,

value the last thing that I achieved,

respect the last time I did something that scared me.

Lord, be by my side so that I can

find joy in the smallest things,

appreciate the wonder of your creation

And live my life to the full.

Amen.

Leader/Student: We end our prayer by making the Sign of the Cross.

All: In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

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