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It’s our last full week of term and almost the end of our journey through the year. It it also the start of a very exciting journey for some of our community as they go on pilgrimage to Lourdes. 9 Yr 13 students, Ms Kirk and myself along with Fr Chris and hundreds of people from across our diocese are headed to The shrine to Our Lady in Lourdes as part of the diocesan pilgrimage.

For our prayers this week we are going to look at the journeys we undertake and get to know a little bit more about why people make the journey to get closer to God.

Monday

 

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We Start with the Sign of the Cross

Pilgrimage is all bout going to a holy place to experience your faith in a new way. Hannah, one of our Yr 13 students going this year said that she hope it will be life changing to go to a place like Lourdes. But the idea of traveling hundreds, sometimes thousands of miles to be closer to God is something that we as people have done for centuries. We often make the effort to make a special trip to a special place at certain times of the year.

The Big Question today is:

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This week is hopefully going to help us understand just why going on pilgrimage can be act of faith.

Morning Prayer: Lord, be with us all those on pilgrimage this week. Amen.

Prayer at the end of the day

We start with the Sign of the Cross.

Have you made a journey for someone today?

Father, give us faith
And help us to appreciate the things we cannot see.
Inspire in us not just a faith in you, but a faith in our family, our friends and ourselves.
Thank you for the strength that comes from your love;
Help me, when I am at my weakest, to find my faith again. Amen.

Tuesday

We Start with the Sign of the Cross.

In the first of two interviews were going to meet some of the brave people going to Lourdes this year. Find out a bit about what they are hoping to experience and think about how you can go the extra mile in serving others.

httpv://youtu.be/FZj2rhmyh3w

Morning Prayer: Lord, help us to serve each other. Amen.

Prayer at the end of the day

We Start with the Sign of the Cross.

Have you done something for someone else today?

Father, give us faith
And help us to appreciate the things we cannot see.
Inspire in us not just a faith in you, but a faith in our family, our friends and ourselves.
Thank you for the strength that comes from your love;
Help me, when I am at my weakest, to find my faith again. Amen.

Wednesday

We Start with the Sign of the Cross.

The wonders of modern technology allow you to see Lourdes live by clicking here:

http://en.lourdes-france.org/tv-lourdes/

This is hopefully the view of the Grotto where all things going to plan we should be celebrating mass – right now! If you can see purple T shirts then that’s us!

You might need to select the camera on the “Grotto” if it does not come up automatically.

If you can’t see us then you still get a glimpse at the Grotto where Mary appeared to St Bernadette.

Spend a few moments thinking about the people who are on pilgrimage as you watch and pray for them.

Morning Prayer: Lord, help us to remember we are part of one big church with you at the center. Amen.

Prayer at the end of the day

We Start with the Sign of the Cross.

Have you prayed for someone today?

Father, give us faith
And help us to appreciate the things we cannot see.
Inspire in us not just a faith in you, but a faith in our family, our friends and ourselves.
Thank you for the strength that comes from your love;
Help me, when I am at my weakest, to find my faith again. Amen.

Thursday

We Start with the Sign of the Cross

In the second installment we learn about what our brave pilgrims are worried about and we learn about what doing something for someone else can mean for you.

httpv://youtu.be/lG1Ud-nzAFc

Think about the things you can do in service of the people who need it in your life. It’s often something simple like a helping hand or time well spent. Think about something you can do today in service and love for someone else.

Morning Prayer: Lord, help us do what we can for those in need. Amen.

Prayer at the end of the day

Have you helped someone today?

Father, give us faith
And help us to appreciate the things we cannot see.
Inspire in us not just a faith in you, but a faith in our family, our friends and ourselves.
Thank you for the strength that comes from your love;
Help me, when I am at my weakest, to find my faith again. Amen.

Friday

We Start with the Sign of the Cross

This excerpt from Luke Gospel is a classic example of how we can meet Jesus on a journey.

Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem.  They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; 16 but they were kept from recognizing him.

 He asked them, “What are you discussing together as you walk along?”

They stood still, their faces downcast. One of them, named Cleopas, asked him, “Are you the only one visiting Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?”

“What things?” he asked.

“About Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied. “He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people. The chief priests and our rulers handed him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified him; but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel. And what is more, it is the third day since all this took place. In addition, some of our women amazed us. They went to the tomb early this morning but didn’t find his body. They came and told us that they had seen a vision of angels, who said he was alive. Then some of our companions went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but they did not see Jesus.”

He said to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?” And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.

As they approached the village to which they were going, Jesus continued on as if he were going farther. But they urged him strongly, “Stay with us, for it is nearly evening; the day is almost over.” So he went in to stay with them.

When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight. They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?”

They got up and returned at once to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven and those with them, assembled together and saying, “It is true! The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon.” Then the two told what had happened on the way, and how Jesus was recognized by them when he broke the bread.

This story shows us that sometimes Jesus is with us on our Journeys but we don’t always know he’s there.

Think about the people in your life and how they might be God walking by your side.

Morning Prayer: Lord, thank you for walking by our side. Amen.

Prayer at the end of the day

Have you been there for someone today?

Father, give us faith
And help us to appreciate the things we cannot see.
Inspire in us not just a faith in you, but a faith in our family, our friends and ourselves.
Thank you for the strength that comes from your love;
Help me, when I am at my weakest, to find my faith again. Amen.