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Pope Francis’ visit to Ireland will inject new energy into the process of regenerating the Church, which will be beneficial for the faithful but will also prompt those who are disillusioned to look again and see it as the Church of mercy and caring that Pope Francis wants it to be.
When we light the Christmas tree in Áras an Uachtaráin, we remember the bereaved who are finding this Christmas difficult; we remember those on the edge, the marginalised in our society, our homeless people, and those who are worried about keeping a roof over their families’ heads.
There is a lot to celebrate – Fr Pat Hogan.
Fr Ray Kelly, who shot to fame with a performance of his own version of Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’, spoke as his parish of Oldcastle prepares for its Concert of Carols.
Donations to the organisation’s Christmas appeal will fund development and humanitarian projects throughout the developing world.
The report is “imbued with a love and concern for the entire human family” – Bishop John McAreavey.
3rd Sunday of Advent - Gaudete Sunday
The joy of the kingdom is anticipated. The signs of the kingdom already come are given to the messengers of John the Baptist, and they are familiar with the prophecy of Isaiah. Patient waiting for the fulfilment is our Christian duty. There should be no complaining, no giving up or losing heart. Joy, prayer and thanksgiving should characterise the Christian community.
1. It is the Lord who keeps faith for ever,
who is just to those who are oppressed.
It is he who gives bread to the hungry,
the Lord, who sets prisoners free. Response
2. It is the Lord who gives sight to the blind,
who raises up those who are bowed down,
the Lord, who protects the stranger
and upholds the widow and orphan. Response
3. It is the Lord who loves the just
but thwarts the path of the wicked.
The Lord will reign for ever,
Zion's God, from age to age. Response
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AN TRÍÚ DOMNACH DEN AIDBHINT
Déanadh an díthreabh agus tír an triomaigh lúcháir,
bíodh gairdeas ar an ngaineamhlach agus é faoi bhláth;
tagadh bláthanna air chomh tiubh leis an gcróch,
déanadh sé gairdeas le gártha agus le ceol.
I. An té a sheasann lena bhriathar de shíor,
agus a dhéanann ceart don drong atá faoi chois,
is é a thugann bia don ocrach:
is é an Tiarna a scaoileann na braighdeanaigh. Freagra
2. Osclaíonn sé súile na ndall,
tógann sé suas an dream atá crom.
Cumhdaíonn an Tiarna an coimhthfoch,
déanann tacaíocht don dílleachta is don bhaintreach. Freagra
3. Tugann an Tiarna grá don fhíréan,
ach cuireann sé slí na bpeacach trí chéile.
Beidh an Tiarna i réim go brách,
ina Dhia, a Síón, ó ghlúin go glúin. Freagra
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4th Sunday of Advent
Our attention is now directed fully to the coming of Christ in the Christmas mystery. The Preface calls us to wonder at this great happening, to prepare for Christmas in prayer and praise. The psalm tells us to purify our hearts as preparation. Prayer and reconciliation should be features of these days.
First Reading Isaiah 7:10-14
The maiden is with child.
The Lord spoke to Ahaz and said, 'Ask Yahweh your God for a sign for yourself coming either from the depths of Sheol or from the heights above'. 'No,' Ahaz answered 'I will not put the Lord to the test.' Then Isaiah said:
Listen now, House of David:
are you not satisfied with trying the patience of men
without trying the patience of my God, too?
The Lord himself, therefore,
will give you a sign.
It is this: the maiden is with child
and will soon give birth to a son
whom she will call 'Immanuel, '
a name which means “God is with us.”
1. The Lord's is the earth and its fullness,
the world and all its peoples.
It is he who set it on the seas;
on the waters he made it firm. Response
2. Who shall climb the mountain of the Lord?
Who shall stand in his holy place?
The man with clean hands and pure heart,
who desires not worthless things. Response
3. He shall receive blessings from the Lord
and reward from the God who saves him.
Such are the men who seek him,
seek the face of the God of Jacob. Response
When Joseph woke up he did what the angel of the Lord had told him to do: he took his wife to his home.
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AN CEATHRÚ DOMNACH DEN AIDBHINT
I. Leis an Tiarna an chruinne agus a bhfuil inti:
an domhan go léir agus a maireann ann.
Is é féin a bhunaigh ar an aigéan é,
agus a dhaingnigh ar an bhfarraige íochtarach é. Freagra
2. Cé a rachaidh suas ar chnoc an Tiarna?
Cé a bheidh ina sheasamh ar a láthair naofa?
An té a bhfuil lámha gan smál agus croí glan aige,
an té ar beag air nithe gan tairbhe. Freagra
3. Beidh beannacht an Tiarna ar an té sin
agus luach saothair ó Dhia a shlánaitheoir.
A leithéid siúd a bhíonn á lorg,
a bhíonn ar thóir Dhia Iácób. Freagra
Dhúisigh Iósaef agus d’éirigh, agus rinne mar d’ordaigh aingeal an Tiarna dó: a bhean a thabhairt abhaile leis. Ach ní raibh cuid aige di nó gur rug sí mac, agus thug sé Íosa mar ainm air.