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Archive for April, 2011

Palm Sunday Donkey facing left

17th April            Palm Sunday                       Glasnevin Church at 11 a.m.

                             Procession, Reading of the St Matthew Passion and Eucharist

 

20th April            Spy Wednesday                  Finglas Church at 10.30 a.m.

                             Eucharist

Jesus Washing the Disciples' feet

 

21st April            Maundy Thursday              Santry Church at 8 p.m.

                             The Eucharist of the Lord’s Supper

 

Crucifixion of Our Lord Jesus Christ with the Theotokos and St. John alone

22nd April            Good Friday

                            Morning Prayer                 Glasnevin Church at 10 a.m.

                            The Liturgy of the Day      Finglas Church at 8 p.m.

Christ's Descent into Hades

 

24th April            Easter Day                          Santry at 10 a.m.

                                                                          Glasnevin & Finglas at 11.30 a.m.

                             Eucharist and Renewal of Baptismal Vows

                            

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Lenten Quiet Hour

Our last  Quiet Hour for this Lent takes place this Saturday from 4 – 5 p.m. in St Pappan’s Church.

While numbers attending have been small (though regular), I think we might consider making this a monthly feature of parish life.

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Some material from this week’s Quiet Hour in Finglas.

Speak, Lord, in the stillness
While I wait on Thee;
Hushed my heart to listen,
In expectancy.

 

Speak, O blessèd Master,
In this quiet hour,
Let me see Thy face, Lord,
Feel Thy touch of power.

 

WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE?

Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, and how he had killed all the prophets with the sword. Then Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah, saying, ‘So may the gods do to me, and more also, if I do not make your life like the life of one of them by this time tomorrow.’ Then he was afraid; he got up and fled for his life..

But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a solitary broom tree. He asked that he might die: ‘It is enough; now, O Lord, take away my life, for I am no better than my ancestors.’ Then he lay down under the broom tree and fell asleep. Suddenly an angel touched him and said to him, ‘Get up and eat.’ He looked, and there at his head was a cake baked on hot stones, and a jar of water… He got up, and ate and drank; then he went in the strength of that food for forty days and forty nights to Horeb the mount of God. At that place he came to a cave, and spent the night there.

Then the word of the Lord came to him, saying, ‘What are you doing here, Elijah?’ He answered, ‘I have been very zealous for the Lord, the God of hosts; for the Israelites have forsaken your covenant, thrown down your altars, and killed your prophets with the sword. I alone am left, and they are seeking my life, to take it away.’

He said, ‘Go out and stand on the mountain before the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.’ Now there was a great wind, so strong that it was splitting mountains and breaking rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a sound of sheer silence. When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. Then there came a voice to him that said, ‘What are you doing here, Elijah?’ He answered, ‘I have been very zealous for the Lord, the God of hosts; for the Israelites have forsaken your covenant, thrown down your altars, and killed your prophets with the sword. I alone am left, and they are seeking my life, to take it away.’ Then the Lord said to him, ‘Go, return on your way to the wilderness of Damascus; when you arrive, you shall anoint Hazael as king over Aram. Also you shall anoint Jehu son of Nimshi as king over Israel; and you shall anoint Elisha son of Shaphat of Abel-meholah as prophet in your place…

From 1 Kings 19

 

v     Elijah is discouraged and afraid, and runs away. Are we tempted to just give up?

 

v     In his flight he discovers God’s sustaining care that turns flight into pilgrimage.

 

v     Why does God ask him twice, “What are you doing here?” In prayer we tell God our story so that we may understand it.

 

v     The Lord was not in the wind, nor the earthquake, nor the fire; but in the “still small voice” or “sound of sheer silence”.

 

v     Elijah is sent from Horeb to complete his mission, to enter into further danger. How has his encounter with God changed him?

 

Dear Lord and Father of mankind,
Forgive our foolish ways;
Reclothe us in our rightful mind,
In purer lives Thy service find,
In deeper reverence, praise.

 

With that deep hush subduing all
Our words and works that drown
The tender whisper of Thy call,
As noiseless let Thy blessing fall
As fell Thy manna down.

 

Drop Thy still dews of quietness,           
Till all our strivings cease;                      
Take from our souls the strain and stress,
And let our ordered lives confess

The beauty of Thy peace.         

           

Breathe through the heats of our desire

Thy coolness and Thy balm;

Let sense be dumb, let flesh retire;

Speak through the earthquake, wind, and fire,

O still, small voice of calm.                                  John G. Whittier

 

Sweet Sacrament of peace,                  Sweet Sacrament of rest,
dear home of every heart,                     ark from the ocean’s roar,
where restless yearnings cease,            within thy shelter blest
and sorrows all depart.                         soon may we reach the shore;
there in thine ear, all trustfully,            save us, for still the tempest raves,
we tell our tale of misery,                     save, lest we sink beneath the waves:
sweet Sacrament of peace.                   sweet Sacrament of rest.

 

“A Hymn to Jesus in his sacramental presence” – Francis Stanfield (1835-1914)

 

 

Religion certainly won’t get us out of problems. Just look at the lives of the people who have tried to serve God – many of them endured trouble and suffering with little enough to show for their pains.

 

Religion does not get us out of our problems but it does help us to face them. It won’t wish them away but it will show us what they really are. It may not give us comfort, but it will satisfy. It may not give us short-term success in the eyes of man, but it will give us integrity in the eyes of God, or our own self-respect. It will help us to see the nature, the flavour, of good and evil…

 

The presence of God is not our air-raid shelter, but our launching-pad into the unknown and the dark. In our religious organizations we are God’s commercial travellers. We do not sell insurance but courage, the courage to face reality and deal with it in honesty.

 

Rabbi Lionel Blue

 

And His that gentle voice we hear,
Soft as the breath of even,
That checks each fault, that calms each fear,
And speaks of Heav’n.

Harriet Auber

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