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preparing the way like John the Baptist

Posted on December 10, 2017 at 5:30 AM

May my words be in the Name of the Holy and Undivided Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.

 

Our Gospel reading today, as is traditional for the second Sunday in Advent, concerns John the Baptist. It is not surprising that we should think of this saint during this season. Part of what we do during Advent, after all, is look back to the time of Lord's first co...

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Castlecomer Union Pew News & Prayer Diary 10 Dec 2017: Advent Sunday (liturgical colour ΓΆΒ?Β? violet)

Posted on December 8, 2017 at 6:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Please remember to maintain Holy Silence both before and after the service to allow others to pray quietly before the Lord

 

Monday 11 Dec (day of discipline and self-denial)

Just then some men came, carrying a paralysed man on a bed … when Jesus saw their faith, he said, ‘Friend, your sins are forgiven you.’ Luke 5. 18-20

Reflection: The first concern o...

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Castlecomer Union Pew News & Prayer Diary 10 Dec 2017: Advent Sunday (liturgical colour ΓΆΒ?Β? violet)

Posted on December 8, 2017 at 6:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Please remember to maintain Holy Silence both before and after the service to allow others to pray quietly before the Lord

 

Monday 11 Dec (day of discipline and self-denial)

Just then some men came, carrying a paralysed man on a bed … when Jesus saw their faith, he said, ‘Friend, your sins are forgiven you.’ Luke 5. 18-20

Reflection: The first concern o...

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why it is better not to know the day nor the hour

Posted on December 3, 2017 at 5:30 AM

May my words be in the Name of the Holy and Undivided Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.

 

I once saw the writer Anthony Burgess being interviewed on television. Burgess is most famous for his novel 'A Clockwork Orange', a work which explores deeply the issue of the nature of free-will, and which was later made into a movie which, while controversial, has long been considered something of a classic. He also co-wrote the scr...

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Castlecomer Union Pew News & Prayer Diary 3 Dec 2017: Advent Sunday (liturgical colour ??? violet)

Posted on December 2, 2017 at 1:00 AM

Please remember to maintain Holy Silence both before and after the service to allow others to pray quietly before the Lord

 

Commissioning service of Lay Readers today at 5.30 pm in St Canice's Cathedral. Please give our readers your fullest support by affirming them in this important ministry

 

+Monday 4 Dec (day of discipline and self-denial)

'Lord, I am not w...

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the Kingship of Christ

Posted on November 26, 2017 at 5:30 AM

May my words be in the Name of the Holy and Undivided Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.

 

Today is the Sunday before Advent, the Sunday when we focus on the Kingship of Christ. Our Lord, as you know, told Pontius Pilate at his trial that his 'kingdom was not of this world.' By this we may understand that in this age his kingdom may be regarded as a hidden thing. During this life we are expected to live our lives under his ...

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Castlecomer Union Pew News & Prayer Diary 26 Nov 2017: Sunday before Advent - The Kingship of Christ

Posted on November 25, 2017 at 1:00 AM

Please remember to maintain Holy Silence both before and after the service to allow others to pray quietly before the Lord

 

Today's noon Eucharist in Bilboa will also serve as a memorial to John Graham. His brother, Canon Isaac Graham, will celebrate & preach)

 

+Monday 27 The blind man shouted, ‘Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!’ Those who were in front sternly or...

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bury not your talents!

Posted on November 19, 2017 at 5:30 AM

May my words be in the Name of the Holy and Undivided Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.

 

Our gospel reading today concerns the parable of the talents (see below).* A talent, as I am sure you are aware, was a sum of money in the ancient world; it could also refer to a certain weight of metal, for example bronze, around 75 pounds or so. Scholars are uncertain about the origins of the word, but speculate that it migh...

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Castlecomer Union Pew News & Prayer Diary 19 Nov 2017: 2nd before Advent liturgical colour ΓΆΒ?Β? Green

Posted on November 18, 2017 at 7:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Please remember to maintain Holy Silence both before and after the service to allow others to pray quietly before the Lord

 

+Monday 20

‘Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them; for all of them have contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in all she had to live on.’ Luke 21. 3-4

Reflection

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knowledge, wisdom, and eternal life

Posted on November 12, 2017 at 5:30 AM

May my words be in the Name of the Holy and Undivided Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.

 

There’s a lot of talk about wisdom in our readings today. The first reading is from the book Wisdom; and our Gospel reading has the parable of the wise and foolish virgins. So, as we begin, it might be a good idea to think about what we understand by the word wi...

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