Virgin of Vladimir (+ image by the hand of Stephen Allison 2008)

Thursday, 17 May 2012

There is a time for everything

Notes of meeting on 8 May 2012

Picture of Kath looking youthful and shining with life.

A Prayer for Kath Hare R.I.P.

Gentlest Heart of Jesus,ever present in the Blessed Sacrament, ever consumed with burning love for the poor captives souls in Purgatory,have mercy on the soul of Thy servant, Kath;bring her from the shadows of exile to Thy bright home in Heaven,where we trust Thou and Thy Blessed Mother have woven for her a crown of unfading bliss. Amen.

Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for her.

A Prayer for The Dead of Theotokos

God our Father,
Your power brings us to birth,
Your providence guides our lives,
and by Your command we return to dust.

Lord, those who die still live in Your presence,
their lives change but do not end.
I pray in hope for the deceased members of Theotokos.

In company with Christ,
Who died and now lives,
may they rejoice in Your kingdom,
where all our tears are wiped away.
Unite us together again in one family,
to sing Your praise forever and ever.


Ecclesiastes 3

New International Version (NIV)

1 There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
2 a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
3 a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
4 a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
6 a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
7 a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
8 a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.
9 What do workers gain from their toil? 10 I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race. 11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. 12 I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. 13 That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God. 14 I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. God does it so that people will fear him.
15 Whatever is has already been, and what will be has been before;and God will call the past to account.
16 And I saw something else under the sun:
In the place of judgment—wickedness was there,
in the place of justice—wickedness was there.
17 I said to myself,“God will bring into judgment both the righteous and the wicked, for there will be a time for every activity,a time to judge every deed.”
18 I also said to myself, “As for humans, God tests them so that they may see that they are like the animals. 19 Surely the fate of human beings is like that of the animals; the same fate awaits them both: As one dies, so dies the other. All have the same breath; humans have no advantage over animals. Everything is meaningless. 20 All go to the same place; all come from dust, and to dust all return. 21 Who knows if the human spirit rises upward and if the spirit of the animal goes down into the earth?”
22 So I saw that there is nothing better for a person than to enjoy their work, because that is their lot. For who can bring them to see what will happen after them?

Saturday, 12 May 2012

Jesus The Good Shepherd

Notes of meeting on 1 May 2012

Picture of Jesus the Good Shepherd laying on the hillside with sheep all around Him and laying close against Him.

Picture of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament with people praying before Him. We are to have faith to pray for our children and love ones that they will be close to Him.

Matthew 9 v 35- 37
35 Jesus made a tour through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and curing all kinds of disease and all kinds of illness.

36 And when he saw the crowds he felt sorry for them because they were harassed and dejected, like sheep without a shepherd.
37 Then he said to his disciples, 'The harvest is rich but the labourers are few, so ask the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers to his harvest.'

Psalm 20
1 May Yahweh answer you in time of trouble, may the name of the God of Jacob protect you!

2 May he send you help from the sanctuary, give you support from Zion!
3 May he remember all your sacrifices and delight in your burnt offerings! Pause
4 May he grant you your heart's desire and crown all your plans with success!
5 So that with joy we can hail your victory and draw up our ranks in the name of our God. May Yahweh grant all your petitions.
6 Now I know that Yahweh gives victory to his anointed. He will respond from his holy heavens with great deeds of victory from his right hand.
7 Some call on chariots, some on horses, but we on the name of Yahweh our God.
8 They will crumple and fall, while we stand upright and firm.
9 Yahweh, save the king, answer us when we call.

Psalm 43
1 Judge me, God, defend my cause against a people who have no faithful love; from those who are treacherous and unjust, rescue me.

2 For you are the God of my strength; why abandon me? Why must I go around in mourning, harrassed by the enemy?
3 Send out your light and your truth; they shall be my guide, to lead me to your holy mountain to the place where you dwell.
4 Then I shall go to the altar of God, to the God of my joy. I will rejoice and praise you on the harp, O God, my God.
5 Why so downcast, why all these sighs? Hope in God! I will praise him still, my Saviour, my God.

Sunday, 6 May 2012

Kath Hare's Funeral

Kath's Requiem is at 12.05 Mass Wednesday 9th May at St Mary's Stockton.

Kath will be received into St Mary’s on Tuesday night 5.30pm.

Theotokos will be praying the Rosary in the Church at 7.30 pm and the prayer meeting at 8pm.

Please spread the word

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Notes of Praise and Intercession Meeting 25 April 2012

A picture of thick blackness upon God's people and from the Heavens came a huge terribly bright light within which was the Cross of Jesus.
Under the darkness were people who contained light within them with their arms outstretched in supplication and longing. These people were already sealed with the sign of The Light but Satan was attacking and so they called out even more. The Light joined them enveloping and surrounding them bringing joy peace and love. They felt totally secure in their Saviour Jesus and increased their praising, singing mighty songs to God The Father in thanksgiving.
Other people in the darkness saw these things and they too wanted to know Jesus. At this complete turn around Satan and his blackness departed his plan defeated. Many became sealed with The Light and shone forth and joined in the prayer and praise.

My peace is a living peace.
My joy is a living joy.
My love is a living love.
My presence is a living presence.

Thessalonians 5 v 1 -11
1 About times and dates, brothers, there is no need to write to you

2 for you are well aware in any case that the Day of the Lord is going to come like a thief in the night.
3 It is when people are saying, 'How quiet and peaceful it is' that sudden destruction falls on them, as suddenly as labour pains come on a pregnant woman; and there is no escape.
4 But you, brothers, do not live in the dark, that the Day should take you unawares like a thief.
5 No, you are all children of light and children of the day: we do not belong to the night or to darkness,
6 so we should not go on sleeping, as everyone else does, but stay wide awake and sober.
7 Night is the time for sleepers to sleep and night the time for drunkards to be drunk,
8 but we belong to the day and we should be sober; let us put on faith and love for a breastplate, and the hope of salvation for a helmet.
9 God destined us not for his retribution, but to win salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ,
10 who died for us so that, awake or asleep, we should still live united to him.
11 So give encouragement to each other, and keep strengthening one another, as you do already.

Psalm 46
1 God is both refuge and strength for us, a help always ready in trouble;

2 so we shall not be afraid though the earth be in turmoil, though mountains tumble into the depths of the sea,
3 and its waters roar and seethe, and the mountains totter as it heaves. (Yahweh Sabaoth is with us, our citadel, the God of Jacob.)
4 There is a river whose streams bring joy to God's city, it sanctifies the dwelling of the Most High.
5 God is in the city, it cannot fall; at break of day God comes to its rescue.
6 Nations are in uproar, kingdoms are tumbling, when he raises his voice the earth crumbles away.
7 Yahweh Sabaoth is with us, our citadel, the God of Jacob.
8 Come, consider the wonders of Yahweh, the astounding deeds he has done on the earth;
9 he puts an end to wars over the whole wide world, he breaks the bow, he snaps the spear, shields he burns in the fire.
10 'Be still and acknowledge that I am God, supreme over nations, supreme over the world.'
11 Yahweh Sabaoth is with us, our citadel, the God of Jacob.

Thessalonians 5 v 16 - 24
16 Always be joyful;

17 pray constantly;
18 and for all things give thanks; this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.
19 Do not stifle the Spirit
20 or despise the gift of prophecy with contempt;
21 test everything and hold on to what is good
22 and shun every form of evil.
23 May the God of peace make you perfect and holy; and may your spirit, life and body be kept blameless for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
24 He who has called you is trustworthy and will carry it out.

Zephaniah 3 v 14 -20
14 Shout for joy, daughter of Zion, Israel, shout aloud! Rejoice, exult with all your heart, daughter of Jerusalem!

15 Yahweh has repealed your sentence; he has turned your enemy away. Yahweh is king among you, Israel, you have nothing more to fear.
16 When that Day comes, the message for Jerusalem will be: Zion, have no fear, do not let your hands fall limp.
17 Yahweh your God is there with you, the warrior-Saviour. He will rejoice over you with happy song, he will renew you by his love, he will dance with shouts of joy for you,
18 as on a day of festival. I have taken away your misfortune, no longer need you bear the disgrace of it.
19 I am taking action here and now against your oppressors. When that time comes I will rescue the lame, and gather the strays, and I will win them praise and renown when I restore their fortunes.
20 At that time I shall be your guide, at the time when I gather you in, I shall give you praise and renown among all the peoples of the earth when I restore your fortunes under your own eyes, declares Yahweh.

Picture of  Jesus seated on a throne with the hand of the Father placing a crown on His head with the Spirit as a dove flying above. Great fireworks explode from the throne.
The Holy Spirit showers down olive branches to us sign of his peace and gifts to us.

It is good that we are able to turn and Praise God even when we are enveloped in the darkness of suffering. Who else can we to turn to who can save us and bring us out of the darkness into the light?