Each Friday Lunchtime in School we would gather at 12.20pm for Eucharistic Adoration and to recite the Rosary. We may not be able to gather in our Oratory but we can gather with our family in in unity with other members of our School Community to recite the Rosary. On the First of May, the beginning of the Month of Mary, you are invited to recite the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary for our intentions and the needs of our World.
The Fist of May is also the Feast of St Joseph the Worker and in our prayers on Friday we will also ask for his intercession and to join with us.
This link gives the prayers of the Rosary and a short reflection for each Decade. It starts with the Novena to the Sacred Heart and the Novena of Mary Undoer of Knots.
On Friday 1st May we celebrate the Feast of St Joseph the Worker.
Pope Pius XII instituted the feast of Saint Joseph the Worker in 1955. The Feast builds on a long tradition linking St Joseph, dignity of work and the causes of workers. In the Book of Genesis, God commands humanity to care for his creation and they are to be stewards of the Earth. Through work humanity both fulfills the command found in Genesis to care for the earth (Gn 2:15) and to be productive in their labours.
In tradition, Joseph, the Carpenter is seen as being the best role model of conscientious work, being the first teacher of Jesus to whom he taught the trade of carpentry.
In his encyclical Laborem Exercens, Pope John Paul II stated: “the Church considers it her task always to call attention to the dignity and rights of those who work, to condemn situations in which that dignity and those rights are violated, and to help to guide [social] changes so as to ensure authentic progress by man and society.”
Saint Joseph is held up as a model of such work. Pius XII emphasized this when he said, “The spirit flows to you and to all men from the heart of the God-man, Saviour of the world, but certainly, no worker was ever more completely and profoundly penetrated by it than the foster father of Jesus, who lived with Him in closest intimacy and community of family life and work.”
Today, we pray for all workers and for those denied their right to work.
On Easter Morning, the three women visited the Tomb of Jesus to complete the burial rituals but were astounded to find that the tomb was empty except for the linen used to wrap the body of Jesus. We are not told what happened to this linen – we are told the great news that Jesus is risen from the dead.
However, the intriguing story of the Shroud of Turin gives us much to consider and perhaps tells us what happened to the linen from the tomb. The Shroud is a piece of linen kept in Turin Cathedral in Italy and is what we would expect a body in First Century Jerusalem to be wrapped in for burial.
The Shroud has been kept in Turin since the 14th Century. Where it was before then is uncertain though through the previous centuries, there are a number of reports of a miraculous cloth which would match the Turin Shroud.
The Shroud has an unexplained image of a man with wounds on his body which match those of someone crucified by the Romans but more specifically the wounds of Jesus as described in the Gospels. The most amazing discovery about the Shroud was made by an Italian photographer, Secondo Pia who in 1898 was allowed to photograph the Shroud and discovered that the image of the man was far clearer in his negatives of his photographs. As yet there is no accepted explanation of how these images were formed on the Shroud.
However, a 1998 carbon dating of the Shroud suggested that its origin was in the 14th Century. Many people have some concern over the validity of this carbon dating.
For many people the Turin Shroud gives a devotional insight to the Passion of Jesus. The image marks out his wounds and suffering. All accepted to save each one of us from sin.
Your task is to research and take notes about :
1. The history of the Shroud.
2. Links to First Century Palestine including the material and pollen.
3. The origin of the image.
4. The wounds on the image particularly the nail marks on the wrist and not the palm of the hands.
5. Carbon Dating.
6. What the Shroud tell us.
As Easter is the greatest Feast in the Christian Year, it is fitting that the Easter Season – Eastertide – is the longest season. This week we begin the Third Week of Easter and the emphasis remains on the Resurrection Stories. The last task we looked at examined the Empty Tomb and asked the question why was the tomb empty.
The traditional Christian Teaching is that Jesus rose physically and spiritually from the dead.
The followers of Jesus would not have taken his body as this would have been so disrespectful and they would not have considered such an act. Futhermore, access to the tomb was guarded by Roman Soldiers. The Romans and the Jewish Authorities saw Jesus as a threat and wanted his him literally dead and buried so that his followers could not make any claims. Neither would take the body.
History tells us that the tomb of Jesus was empty except for the shroud in which his body was wrapped.
The Catholic Church has a great tradition of relics of saints and many people use relics in their prayers and to support their faith. These relics can be very varied and can include small portions of materials with which the saint had contact. The term ‘first class relic’ can include the saint’s body of a portion of the body. In Rome, in the Church of San Sylvestre, you can view the skull of John the Baptist. A church in Motherwell which serves the local Polish Community treasures drops of the blood of St Pope John Paul II.
Devotion involving relics might not seem attractive to all but the concept is not that strange. Many of us will have some of the belongings to people who we love and who have died. These articles will have special meaning. Some of us may have, away in a drawer, the first tooth of the a lock of hair from our children’s first hair cut.
Such have meaning because they belong to a person we love.
Throughout the World in the Catholic Tradition there are so many relics – you may even have a small relic of your favourite saint, most likely a small article associated with them. Yet, in over 2000 years there has never been a claim worth considering about a relic from the body of Jesus. There are many relics associated with Jesus but none from the his body. He was resurrected and ascended body and soul into heaven.
Your task today.
1. Do you have a relic of a saint in your house or do your grandparents. Ask them…
2. Find out information about a relic of a saint and write a short paragraph.
Usually, some members of our School Community will gather at 12.20pm each Friday for Eucharistic Adoration and to recite the Rosary. You may like to gather as a family at 12.20pm tomorrow and recite the Rosary and hopefully other members of the School Community will also be doing this.
This link gives you the prayers of the Rosary and a short reflection for each Decade of the Glorious Mysteries. On our usual Fridays, we would start with Prayers to the Sacred Heart and say the Novena of Mary the Untier of Knots.
These are included.
Early on Easter Morning, three women went to finish the burial services of Jesus. As Jesus had died just before the start of the Passover on Friday Evening there was not time to complete this solemn task. As the Passover continued until sundown on the Saturday,the first opportuity was early on the Sunday. All sources and texts tell us that the tomb was empty. Why was the tomb empty when Jesus had been placed in it just a few days before?
The traditional Christian view on the Resurrection of Jesus is that Jesus rose again physically and spiritually on the Third Day. Some people will dispute this and suggest other explanations. This powerpoint and worksheet from Twinkle takes us through some of these ideas. Tommorow, our task will be to examine the traditional Christian Teaching on the Resurrection.
1. View the powerpoint.
2. Complete the tasks on the worksheet.
3. Check the tradional Christian Teaching on tomorrow’s post.
Fr Paul Denny who is Curate in the Cathedral Parish of Motherwell Diocese has recommended an online course on St Thomas of Aquinas. Aquinas has always been and continues to be considered a major theologian in in the history of the Church. Staff and pupils will know Fr Denny from the talks he gave at Glasgow Faith Forum and on our recent In-Service Day for Staff.
This online course will be of value to many of our teaching staff and parents. It is also a good resource for our Senior Pupils inlcuding those who will be officially leaving our school in a few short weeks and going on to work or further studies. Mr Bradshaw recommends that the pupils who will be starting their study of Higher RMPS will find this online course invaluable.
Enrollment for the course can be found at the following link.
‘Did not our hearts burn within us as he talked to us on the road and explained the scriptures to us?’
These wonderful words were spoken by one of the followers of Jesus when they met him on the Road to Emmaus which was the feature of yesterday’s post. The followers did not recognises Jesus until the breaking of the Bread which had come after the Scriptures. Indeed, these two followers had participated in the two main and important parts of the Mass : The Liturgy of the Word and The Liturgy of the Eucharist.
This great story of doubt turning to faith inspires each one of us and tells us that we can meet Jesus at Mass in a very really way – through the Scriptures and the Eucharist.
Yor tasks for today as family or on your own but better as a family is to read the words of Jesus from yesterday’s post and compare them to the words of the priest said during the Consecration of Mass.
Write both sets of words beside each other.
Here is a short clip from the BBC Programme ‘The Passion.’ If this link is not working on this site, it will be available on the RE Twitter Account @StNiniansRE
Today we are reflecting on one of the best known appearances of Jesus after his Resurrection : The Road to Emmaus. This is a few days after the crucixion of Jesus and many of his apostles are very scared. Work of his Resurrection has not reached everyone yet.
Two of his followers decide that it is too dangerous to remain in Jerusalem and decide to go to a nearby village. On the way, they are joined by a stranger who is indeed Jesus but they do not recognise him at first.
Jesus asks them what they are talking about and they are amazed that he does not know what has happened. However, he starts explaining the meaning of what has happened and how it relates to the scriptures. They ask Jesus to stay with them to eat. He takes the bread, blesses it, breaks it and given them it to eat. At this point they recognise him as Jesus.
An important message for us here says when we can meet Jesus. At this meeting with Jesus and the two followers he leads them though the Scriptures then breaks bread.
Your question. Where do we here scriptures and where is bread broken for us? This is where we can meet Jesus today. In your own words tell the story of the Road to Emmaus and when it says we can really meet Jesus through Scriptures and the Breaking of the Bread.
They recognised him at the breaking of bread
Two of the disciples of Jesus were on their way to a village called Emmaus, seven miles from Jerusalem, and they were talking together about all that had happened. Now as they talked this over, Jesus himself came up and walked by their side; but something prevented them from recognising him. He said to them, ‘What matters are you discussing as you walk along?’ They stopped short, their faces downcast.
Then one of them, called Cleopas, answered him, ‘You must be the only person staying in Jerusalem who does not know the things that have been happening there these last few days.’ ‘What things?’ he asked. ‘All about Jesus of Nazareth’ they answered ‘who proved he was a great prophet by the things he said and did in the sight of God and of the whole people; and how our chief priests and our leaders handed him over to be sentenced to death, and had him crucified. Our own hope had been that he would be the one to set Israel free. And this is not all: two whole days have gone by since it all happened; and some women from our group have astounded us: they went to the tomb in the early morning, and when they did not find the body, they came back to tell us they had seen a vision of angels who declared he was alive. Some of our friends went to the tomb and found everything exactly as the women had reported, but of him they saw nothing.’
Then he said to them, ‘You foolish men! So slow to believe the full message of the prophets! Was it not ordained that the Christ should suffer and so enter into his glory?’ Then, starting with Moses and going through all the prophets, he explained to them the passages throughout the scriptures that were about himself.
When they drew near to the village to which they were going, he made as if to go on; but they pressed him to stay with them. ‘It is nearly evening’ they said ‘and the day is almost over.’ So he went in to stay with them. Now while he was with them at table, he took the bread and said the blessing; then he broke it and handed it to them. And their eyes were opened and they recognised him; but he had vanished from their sight. Then they said to each other, ‘Did not our hearts burn within us as he talked to us on the road and explained the scriptures to us?’
They set out that instant and returned to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven assembled together with their companions, who said to them, ‘Yes, it is true. The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon.’ Then they told their story of what had happened on the road and how they had recognised him at the breaking of the bread.