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

Sunday, 24 December 2017

The Fourth Sunday of Advent - Christmas Eve - The Lord will come

Luke 1 v 26-38

The Birth of Jesus Foretold

26 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 27 to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favoured! The Lord is with you.”
29 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be.30 But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favour with God. 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus.32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David,33 and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”
34 “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”
35 The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. 36 Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. 37 For no word from God will ever fail.”
38 “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.

Keep Jesus close to your hearts

Notes from meeting on 19 December 2017

Picture of the Nativity and St. Joseph beckoned us all to gather around the Baby Jesus. Jesus was inconsolable, crying tears of sorrow for those who don't love Him, ignore Him or are cold to Him.
Our Blessed Mother asked each of us in turn to pick Him up and hold Him to our hearts.
His crying stopped immediately everyone had held Him.
Our Blessed Mother placed Him back in the manger and next to His little lips Jesus was kissing a crown; upon it was written 'Theotokos'.
Our Blessed Mother says:
" My children keep my Son Jesus close to your hearts for you console His little tears, your prayers and loyalty comfort Him in an increasingly secular world.
I say to you that as you bear Him in your arms and hearts you will grow in Holiness and make reparation for those who do not do so.
Shine like the Children of God you have become that others will be drawn to the Light of my Son within you. This light will draw many out of darkness and into Peace.
My children even though you sometimes sin ask always for my Son's forgiveness and His Light will shine all the stronger for my Son knows your struggles and His Love will help you conquer all adversity in your lives, in your families and in time your World.
Mary, Mother of Jesus

Saturday, 16 December 2017

Jesus Light of the World

Notes of meeting on 12 December 2017

Picture of Our Blessed Mother she seemed to be enwrapped by the Light of God.
The Light shone down upon her from Heaven but was met by the light emanating from within her.
Our Mother seemed to be having a conversation with the Holy Spirit, the more she spoke, and this was silently from her heart, the brighter and stronger the Light became.
Her very chasteness, holiness, littleness, humbleness and her maternal love shone through her casting the Light upon her children.

Our Blessed Mother says:
"My little ones, you feel that darkness and gloom are all around you and yes this is true but look at the real reality which is Heaven, this Heaven can be reality within you at all times if you carry Jesus my Son in your hearts as I now carry Him in my womb.
You can feel the Light, the Love and the Peace emanating from within me, Jesus.
Jesus is the Peace Child, he is a gift to you from the Holy Spirit so when things look dark remember you have within you the Light of Heaven as I have Jesus within me.
Yes this is possible just believe and you will instantly feel at peace. I have asked this gift for you, accept it, and feel real joy at the celebration of the birth of my Son when He comes to greet you all.
My maternal love is always with you.

Isaiah 54 v9-17
‘To me this is like the days of Noah,
    when I swore that the waters of Noah would never again cover the earth.
So now I have sworn not to be angry with you,
    never to rebuke you again.
10 Though the mountains be shaken
    and the hills be removed,
yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken
    nor my covenant of peace be removed,’
says the Lord, who has compassion on you.
11 ‘Afflicted city, lashed by storms and not comforted,
    I will rebuild you with stones of turquoise,
    your foundations with lapis lazuli.
12 I will make your battlements of rubies,
    your gates of sparkling jewels,
    and all your walls of precious stones.
13 All your children will be taught by the Lord,
    and great will be their peace.
14 In righteousness you will be established:
tyranny will be far from you;

    you will have nothing to fear.
Terror will be far removed;
    it will not come near you.
15 If anyone does attack you, it will not be my doing;
    whoever attacks you will surrender to you.
16 ‘See, it is I who created the blacksmith
    who fans the coals into flame
    and forges a weapon fit for its work.
And it is I who have created the destroyer to wreak havoc;
17     no weapon forged against you will prevail,
    and you will refute every tongue that accuses you.
This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord,
    and this is their vindication from me,’
declares the Lord.

St Joseph foster Father of Jesus pray for us

Notes of meeting on 5 December 2017

Picture of Our Blessed Mother with St Joseph, she was pregnant, in the distance could bee seen the Cross that would become the means of Sacrifice and further on in the distance was a patch of Glorious Light and Joy symbolising the Resurrection.

Our Blessed Mother says:
" My children in this time of Holy Advent I wish to bring before you my Holy and chaste spouse St. Joseph.
This man, this holy man, who had these attributes even before Jesus was born became even more Holy, more Faithful to God and our Son after Jesus was born.
He loved, nurtured and was enraptured by Him and just as those gifts that God gave him were used in my Son's early years he remained blessed and his gifts magnified throughout his life.
This Advent be like Joseph keep my Son Jesus close to you, nurture Him in your heart, watch over Him with filial love and those gifts which God has given you personally and collectively as a group will be magnified and made greater for the Glory of God. These gifts will draw you closer to my Son in the coming year when Calvary approaches and great sorrow is felt but always remember Jesus rose again and your heart will rose to greet Him when finally the breaking dawn on Easter Day greets you.
My Children my motherly heart feels such tenderness for you, I thank you for your loyalty to my Son Jesus.
Mary your Mother."


Monday, 11 December 2017

Prepare for His coming

The second week of Advent - Prepare for His coming

Readings from the Second Sunday of Advent
 Isaiah 40:1-5, 9-11
Psalm 84 (85):9-14
2 Peter 3:8-14
Mark 1:1-8

Isaiah 40
 10  See, the Sovereign Lord comes with power,
    and he rules with a mighty arm.
See, his reward is with him,
    and his recompense accompanies him.
11 He tends his flock like a shepherd:
    he gathers the lambs in his arms
and carries them close to his heart;
    he gently leads those that have young.

Psalm 84
 12  Lord Almighty,
    blessed is the one who trusts in you.

2 Peter 3
9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance

Mark 1
8 I baptise you with water, but he will baptise you with the Holy Spirit.’

​​​​God wants us to trust in Him and His promises.
God wants us to receive His love, His healing, His graces and blessings and the great gift of the Holy Spirit

Saturday, 2 December 2017

Springs of water

Notes of meeting on 28 November 2017

Psalm 114

When Israel came out of Egypt,
    Jacob from a people of foreign tongue,
Judah became God’s sanctuary,
    Israel his dominion.
The sea looked and fled,
    the Jordan turned back;
the mountains leaped like rams,
    the hills like lambs.
Why was it, sea, that you fled?
    Why, Jordan, did you turn back?
Why, mountains, did you leap like rams,
    you hills, like lambs?
Tremble, earth, at the presence of the Lord,
    at the presence of the God of Jacob,
who turned the rock into a pool,
    the hard rock into springs of water.
Ecclesiasticus / Sirach 3 v 1-9
1 My child, do not refuse the poor a livelihood, do not tantalise the needy.
2 Do not add to the sufferings of the hungry, do not bait anyone in distress.
3 Do not aggravate a heart already angry, nor keep the destitute waiting for your alms.
4 Do not repulse a hard-pressed beggar, nor turn your face from the poor.
5 Do not avert your eyes from the needy, give no one occasion to curse you;
6 for if someone curses you in distress, his Maker will give ear to the imprecation.
7 Gain the love of the community, in the presence of the great bow your head.
8 To the poor lend an ear, and courteously return the greeting.
9 Save the oppressed from the hand of the oppressor, and do not be mean-spirited in your judgements.
Lord we thank you that you are a mighty God and yet you stoop down to meet us and change our stony hearts to hearts from which your springs of living water flow.
Help us to be generous the poor those who are poor spiritually and physically as you have been generous to us with your gifts of mercy and love

The power of prayer

Notes of meeting on 21 November 2017

Picture of Jesus resplendent in light.
The whole celestial court were with Him and Or Blessed Mother was kneeling at His side.
A group of Priests came to Him, He greeted them individually and their hearts seemed to be enwrapped by His Heart.
Some hearts were full of light others a little less but all received graces and strength.
Next came a group of ordinary people who really loved Jesus but seemed tired and worn out they were extremely sorry for having at sometime in the past to have let Jesus down. They were weeping and covering His feet with kisses so grateful that He had forgiven them and worked in them.
Jesus was weeping for love of them and their hearts were strengthened with vigour and full of light.
Lastly there seemed a group of bystanders or onlookers they didn't care or appear to care one way or the other about receiving Jesus' blessing. Their hearts were dull, cold and covered in stone.
Our Blessed Mother wept and prayed for them together with those in the celestial court and all in the first and second groups. After praying and praising Jesus' Heart touched those cold hearts of stone and cracks appeared and instead of being indifferent they turned toward Jesus.
Our Blessed Mothers tears seemed to enter the cracks causing great fissures until finally all the stone was removed. The love of Christ started to penetrate their hearts and caused them to beg Jesus for His forgiveness and to lift the oppression against them giving them total freedom to love Him.
Jesus took them to Himself in His arms and they were freed.
The whole company of praying people and the heavenly court erupted in joy and praise.

Our Blessed Mother says;
"My children this is the power of prayer. My children when you feel nothing is going well, pray, pray, pray for that is the very time when the adversary will flee.
Look always to the Heart of my Son Jesus, praying in the will of the Father.
I keep you in my maternal heart.

2 Corinthians 8 v7-15
But since you excel in everything – in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in the love we have kindled in you – see that you also excel in this grace of giving.
I am not commanding you, but I want to test the sincerity of your love by comparing it with the earnestness of others. For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.
10 And here is my judgment about what is best for you in this matter. Last year you were the first not only to give but also to have the desire to do so. 11 Now finish the work, so that your eager willingness to do it may be matched by your completion of it, according to your means. 12 For if the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what one does not have.
13 Our desire is not that others might be relieved while you are hard pressed, but that there might be equality. 14 At the present time your plenty will supply what they need, so that in turn their plenty will supply what you need. The goal is equality, 15 as it is written: ‘The one who gathered much did not have too much, and the one who gathered little did not have too little.’

Friday, 1 December 2017

December Prayer Intention 2017

December Prayer Intention 2017

Father in heaven, our hearts desire the warmth of your love and our minds are searching for the light of your Word.
Increase our longing for Christ our Saviour and give us the strength to grow in love, that the dawn of his coming may find us rejoicing in his presence and welcoming the light of his truth.
We ask this in the name of Jesus the Lord. Amen.