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

Sunday, 21 December 2014

Christmas greetings

Wishing you all a very Happy Christmas and New Year.

May the Prince of Peace bless you and yours.

Be at peace, pray at all times, the light of my Son be upon you and in you

Praise and Intercession Night 16 December 2014

Picture of the Holy Family in Bethlehem and it seemed as though all of Heaven had come to meet in that humble dwelling. The light from the baby Jesus was around every person, all the angels, Patriarchs, Martyrs and Apostles seemed to exude the Holy Spirit dwelling in the Son of God.
There were also the shepherds representing the Jewish nation, the first call on the Father's Heart, and then the Wise Men representing all gentile nations.

Our Blessed Mother picked up her Son and motioned with her hand to the empty manger and said
"Place all heartfelt prayers of petition within my Son's manger. All sorrows within families, all sorrows within Church families, all sorrows between nations, all grief , all loneliness, all sickness. My Son shall rest his light upon them."

Then Our Mother placed her baby Son on top of the petitions and everyone was touched in their hearts and adored Him. Our Mother lifted Him up and in place of all the petitions was a white garment a prayer shawl in which she wrapped Him. She said
"Be at peace, pray at all times, the light of my Son be upon you and in you. Your Mother"

Picture of Jesus on a white horse leading an army of light. They have no armour.
Against them is an army of darkness that is fully armoured. As the army of light attacks the armour of the dark forces melts away, it falters and many begin to run away. The light defeats the darkness.

I John 4 v18
In love there is no room for fear, but perfect love drives out fear, because fear implies punishment and no one who is afraid has come to perfection in love.

Romans 5 v 20
Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound

Psalm 33
1 Shout for joy, you upright; praise comes well from the honest.
2 Give thanks to Yahweh on the lyre, play for him on the ten-stringed lyre.
3 Sing to him a new song, make sweet music for your cry of victory.
4 The word of Yahweh is straightforward, all he does springs from his constancy.
5 He loves uprightness and justice; the faithful love of Yahweh fills the earth.
6 By the word of Yahweh the heavens were made, by the breath of his mouth all their array.
7 He collects the waters of the sea like a dam, he stores away the abyss in his treasure-house.
8 Let the whole earth fear Yahweh, let all who dwell in the world revere him;
9 for, the moment he spoke, it was so, no sooner had he commanded, than there it stood!
10 Yahweh thwarts the plans of nations, frustrates the counsels of peoples;
11 but Yahweh's own plan stands firm for ever, his heart's counsel from age to age.
12 How blessed the nation whose God is Yahweh, the people he has chosen as his heritage.
13 From heaven Yahweh looks down, he sees all the children of Adam,
14 from the place where he sits he watches all who dwell on the earth;
15 he alone moulds their hearts, he understands all they do.
16 A large army will not keep a king safe, nor his strength save a warrior's life;
17 it is delusion to rely on a horse for safety, for all its power it cannot save.
18 But see how Yahweh watches over those who fear him, those who rely on his faithful love,
19 to rescue them from death and keep them alive in famine.
20 We are waiting for Yahweh; he is our help and our shield,
21 for in him our heart rejoices, in his holy name we trust.
22 Yahweh, let your faithful love rest on us, as our hope has rested in you.

The Lord is my refuge and stronghold

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Behold I come to you who were lost but are now saved

Notes of meeting on 9 December 2014

Picture of a road full of light leading to The Holy City on the mountain. Many people were travelling to the City with angels lighting the way because it was so dark.
The people on the road were of every nation, creed and colour. As they reached the entrance to the City they could see a large army of light getting ready to go out and attack it's foe the Evil One and his cohorts.
Jesus was with them ready to go too. Then the Blessed Mother knelt down in front of Jesus and asked for more time and help to find the lost ones. Jesus put up his hand to stay the army. He then called on all of Heaven's assistance to accompany his Mother and the angels to go looking for the lost.
Jesus put down his sword and took up his lantern and led the search, he went into the darkest of places, buildings, fields caves, mountains, deserts, ships on the seas and craft on rivers even down mines. he lit up the dark places and people came forth to him. When they saw him and his Loving Heart it caused such repentance that the faces which were sorrowful became instantly full of gratitude and joy. Their faces showed wonder and transformation, their hearts so very full now that had been empty before this meeting. All joined the road to the heavenly place singing and praising.
Jesus says:
"Behold I come to you who were lost but are now saved, you who were dead to me are now fully alive to me, my beloved did you think I would leave you orphans, I would not for my Heart bursts with love for you."

Revelation 7 v 13 -17
13 One of the elders then spoke and asked me, 'Who are these people, dressed in white robes, and where have they come from?'
14 I answered him, 'You can tell me, sir.' Then he said, 'These are the people who have been through the great trial; they have washed their robes white again in the blood of the Lamb.
15 That is why they are standing in front of God's throne and serving him day and night in his sanctuary; and the One who sits on the throne will spread his tent over them.
16 They will never hunger or thirst again; sun and scorching wind will never plague them,
17 because the Lamb who is at the heart of the throne will be their shepherd and will guide them to springs of living water; and God will wipe away all tears from their eyes.'

Matthew 18 v 12-14
12 'Tell me. Suppose a man has a hundred sheep and one of them strays; will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hillside and go in search of the stray?
13 In truth I tell you, if he finds it, it gives him more joy than do the ninety-nine that did not stray at all.
14 Similarly, it is never the will of your Father in heaven that one of these little ones should be lost.

daily reflection from Bible Alive:
What is the Christian faith all about? There are many answers to this question, but at its very heart the Christian faith is about salvation – what we are saved from, why we need salvation and the purpose for which we are saved. We are saved from sin, death and eternal damnation; we are saved for a relationship with the living God.
Now sin, death and eternal damnation are subjects we don’t hear too much about these days but they remain at the very core of the Christian message. Jesus came to seek and save the lost (Luke 19:10), and God, our heavenly Father, as we are told in today’s Gospel, is not willing that even one of his little ones should be lost (v. 14). In other words, no one is beyond salvation or redemption, and salvation and redemption are vital in understanding the Christian faith. On the Day of Pentecost Peter proclaimed: ‘And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved’ (Acts 4:12).
Salvation is a gift which we receive supremely when we are baptized but continue to work out throughout our lives, as Paul emphasized: ‘Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling’ (Phil. 2:12, emphasis added). We cannot earn our salvation; we don’t deserve our salvation; we cannot buy our salvation or secure it in any other way than through the sheer kindness and mercy of God, which we graciously receive in the gift of baptism.
What we can do, though, is cultivate an interior attitude of gratitude for our salvation. It is our birthright as baptized believers to know the joy of salvation – joy and salvation go hand in hand. The season of Advent invites us to spend time reflecting on what a wonderful gift salvation is – ‘For to us a child is born, to us a son is given…’
(Isa. 9:6).
‘For by grace you have been saved through faith; and this is not your own doing, it is the gift of God – not because of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.’ (Eph. 2:8-10)

2 Tim 2 v 14-26
14 Remind them of this; and tell them in the name of God that there must be no wrangling about words: all that this ever achieves is the destruction of those who are listening.
15 Make every effort to present yourself before God as a proven worker who has no need to be ashamed, but who keeps the message of truth on a straight path.
16 Have nothing to do with godless philosophical discussions -- they only lead further and further away from true religion.
17 Talk of this kind spreads corruption like gangrene, as in the case of Hymenaeus and Philetus,
18 the men who have gone astray from the truth, claiming that the resurrection has already taken place. They are upsetting some people's faith.
19 However, God's solid foundation-stone stands firm, and this is the seal on it: 'The Lord knows those who are his own' and 'All who call on the name of the Lord must avoid evil.'
20 Not all the dishes in a large house are made of gold and silver; some are made of wood or earthenware: the former are held in honour, the latter held cheap.
21 If someone holds himself aloof from these faults I speak of, he will be a vessel held in honour, dedicated and fit for the Master, ready for any good work.
22 Turn away from the passions of youth, concentrate on uprightness, faith, love and peace, in union with all those who call on the Lord with a pure heart.
23 Avoid these foolish and undisciplined speculations, understanding that they only give rise to quarrels;
24 and a servant of the Lord must not engage in quarrels, but must be kind to everyone, a good teacher, and patient.
25 He must be gentle when he corrects people who oppose him, in the hope that God may give them a change of mind so that they recognise the truth
26 and come to their senses, escaping the trap of the devil who made them his captives and subjected them to his will

Isaiah 40 v 1-11

1 'Console my people, console them,' says your God.
2 'Speak to the heart of Jerusalem and cry to her that her period of service is ended, that her guilt has been atoned for, that, from the hand of Yahweh, she has received double punishment for all her sins.'
3 A voice cries, 'Prepare in the desert a way for Yahweh. Make a straight highway for our God across the wastelands.
4 Let every valley be filled in, every mountain and hill be levelled, every cliff become a plateau, every escarpment a plain;
5 then the glory of Yahweh will be revealed and all humanity will see it together, for the mouth of Yahweh has spoken.'
6 A voice said, 'Cry aloud!' and I said, 'What shall I cry?' -'All humanity is grass and all its beauty like the wild flower's.
7 The grass withers, the flower fades when the breath of Yahweh blows on them. (The grass is surely the people.)
8 The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God remains for ever.'
9 Go up on a high mountain, messenger of Zion. Shout as loud as you can, messenger of Jerusalem! Shout fearlessly, say to the towns of Judah, 'Here is your God.'
10 Here is Lord Yahweh coming with power, his arm maintains his authority, his reward is with him and his prize precedes him.
11 He is like a shepherd feeding his flock, gathering lambs in his arms, holding them against his breast and leading to their rest the mother ewes.
"Jesus Christ loves you; he gave his life to save you; and now he is living at your side every day to enlighten, strengthen and free you."  Pope Francis

Monday, 8 December 2014

Theotokos Prayer Group - Update

Dear friends,

Our next Praise and Intercession Meeting is on 16 December 2014 at St Mary's Presbytery, Major Street, Stockton on Tees. Start 8pm (Rosary 7.30).

Please note that the Praise and Intercession Meeting of 16 December 2014 will be the last one.
Many thanks to Ann and her husband Mike for their time with us. Also many thanks to all who have supported these monthly gatherings.

Theotokos Prayer Group continues to meet on Tuesday nights and all are welcome.

Please note that there will be no meetings on Tuesday 23 December, Tuesday 30 December and we resume on 6 January 2015 when we will be interceding specifically for Theotokos Prayer Group (our 25th anniversary this year) in thanksgiving for all that has gone before and for the future of the group. This will be our specific prayer intention during all of January.

We are also having a Mass on 20 January 2015 in thanksgiving for Theotokos Prayer Group which Fr. Bill Rooke will celebrate.

All welcome.

Sunday, 7 December 2014

I take my stand on the right path

Notes of meeting 2 December 2014

Picture of a path of light with many people travelling upon it. They were all going to the Holy Mountain which was like a light in the darkness. All the people were signing and praying,
Our Blessed Mother was at the front leading the people. The path of light seemed to go through dangerous terrain with many obstacles but always the people could hear the Blessed Mother's encouraging songs.
Halfway along the path were other people from the darkness trying to intercept those in the light. They performed tricks and magic to entice them form the path of light. Sadly some left entranced by the supposed miracles and feats of those in the darkness.
Our Blessed Mother stopped and called on the Most Holy Spirit and all the Angels at her disposal to come and join her together with those still on the path of light. All knelt and prayed the rosary. Some of those who had wandered off sudden had their eyes opened and quickly returned to the path of light . Sadly some did not return.
Mary says:
"Pray, pray, pray in these times of great deception that your eyed will see only the true light of the world, my Son Jesus.
Pray, pray, pray in these times of much noise that your ears hear the words of my Son Jesus.
Pray, pray, pray in these times of coldness that your hearts will be filled with the light and fire of my Son Jesus.
Call on me your most loving Mother. My Son's blessing is upon you."

Psalm 26 v 8-12
8 Yahweh, I love the beauty of your house and the place where your glory dwells.
9 Do not couple me with sinners, nor my life with men of violence,
10 whose hands are stained with guilt, their right hands heavy with bribes.
11 In innocence I will go on my way; ransom me, take pity on me.
12 I take my stand on the right path; I will bless you, Yahweh, in the assemblies.

Luke 10 v 21-24
21 Just at this time, filled with joy by the Holy Spirit, he said, 'I bless you, Father, Lord of heaven and of earth, for hiding these things from the learned and the clever and revealing them to little children. Yes, Father, for that is what it has pleased you to do.
22 Everything has been entrusted to me by my Father; and no one knows who the Son is except the Father, and who the Father is except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.'
23 Then turning to his disciples he spoke to them by themselves, 'Blessed are the eyes that see what you see,
24 for I tell you that many prophets and kings wanted to see what you see, and never saw it; to hear what you hear, and never heard it.'

Luke 21 v 28
28 When these things begin to take place, stand erect, hold your heads high, because your liberation is near at hand.'