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The Jewel Within.


When your spirit is restless

And your eyes fail to see

That God in His glory

Can transform you to be,

To be robed in the riches

That money can’t buy

And clothe you in wisdom

Like a jewel in disguise.

He can make your heart merry

Amidst the despair

Like gold flakes descending

From out of nowhere.

He will help you to polish

Your faith so to shine

Revealing the beauty

Of His Love most divine.

So the next time you’re troubled

And lost in despair,

Just look deep in your soul

And you’ll find God is there.


Author: Chris Zambernard.

Jan 19 - St Branwalader (6th century) Cornwall,Dorset, Jersey

branwaderBranwalader was a monk, and could have been a bishop, of Celtic, probably Welsh, origin. He is honoured both in Cornwall and Dorset as well as on the island of Jersey in the Channel Islands. Patrick Duffy explores what is known about him.

Worked with St Samson
Little is historically known about St Branwalader (also called Brelade or Breward). He was a 6th century Celtic monk and possibly a bishop. He may have been of Welsh origin. He worked with St Samson (490-565) in Cornwall and the Channel Islands, and possibly in Brittany. Samson established a monastery at Dol in Brittany, which afterwards became an episcopal see: feast 28th July.

In Cornwall, he is known as St Breward. St Breward's Church is the highest in Cornwall, located on Bodmin Moor, in the village of the same name. There is also a St Breward's Well in Cornwall which is situated close to Camelford. It was visited by sufferers from inflamed eyes and other complaints, who would throw in a pin, or small coin, as an offering to the saint.

Abbey Church of St Mary, St Sansom and St Branwalader, Milton Abbas

King Æthelstan of Wessex founded the Benedictine abbey of Milton in Dorset in 933 AD to commemorate the death at sea of his brother Edwin, for which he was said to have been responsible. It was dedicated to St. Mary, St. Sampson, and St. Branwalader. He bestowed many relics, including the arm and bones of St. Sampson, and the arm of St. Branwalader the bishop.

During the dissolution of the monasteries it passed to Sir John Tregonwell, a lawyer who had worked to arrange Henry VIII's divorce from Catherine of Aragon.

In 1953 the grounds were bought by a trust to establish a school, Milton Abbey.

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Branwalader is remembered in Jersey in the parish name St Brelade (church dating from the 10th or 11th century) in the very south-west of the island.

Exeter Martyrology
The Exeter Martyrology describes Branwalader as a son of a Cornish king, Kenen. His name is found in litanies and his feast was kept at Winchester and Exeter.
Liturgical Readings for: Saturday, 19th January, 2019

A reading from the letter of St Paul to the Hebrews       4:12-16
Let us be confident, then, in approaching the throne of grace.

Word of God 2The word of God is something alive and active: it cuts like any double-edged sword but more finely: it can slip through the place where the soul is divided from the spirit, or joints from the marrow; it can judge the secret emotions and thoughts. No created thing can hide from him; everything is uncovered and open to the eyes of the one to whom we must give account of ourselves.

Since in Jesus, the Son of God, we have the supreme high priest who has gone through to the highest heaven, we must never let go of the faith that we have professed. For it is not as if we had a high priest who was incapable of feeling our weaknesses with us; but we have one who has been tempted in every way that we are, though he is without sin. Let us be confident, then, in approaching the throne of grace, that we shall have mercy from him and find grace when we are in need of help.

The Word of the Lord

Responsorial Psalm       Ps 18
Response                             Your words are spirit, Lord, and they are life.

1. The law of the Lord is perfect,
it  revives the soul
The rule of the Lord is to be trusted,
it gives wisdom to the simple.           Response

2. The precepts of the Lord are right,
they gladden the heart.
The command of the Lord is dear,
it gives light to the eyes.                     Response

3. The fear of the Lord is holy,
abiding for ever.
The decrees of the Lord are truth
and all of them just.                            Response

4. May the spoken words of my mouth,
the thoughts of my heart,
win favour in your sight, O Lord,
my rescuer, my rock!                          Response

Gospel  Acclamation         Ps 118: 29. 35
Alleluia, alleluia!
Bend my heart to your will, O Lord,
and teach me your commands.

Or                                             Lk 7: 16
Alleluia, alleluia!
The Lord  has sent me to bring the good news to the poor,
to proclaim liberty to captives.


A reading from the holy Gospel according to  Luke        4: 18
'I did not come to call the virtuous, but sinners.'

Jesus & demonJ
esus went out again to the shore of the lake; and all the people came to him, and he taught them. As he was walking on he saw Levi the son of Alphaeus, sitting by the customs house, and he said to him, 'Follow me'. And he got up and followed him.

When Jesus was at dinner in his house, a number of tax collectors and sinners were also sitting at the table with Jesus and his disciples; for there were many of them among his followers. When the scribes of the Pharisee party saw him eating with sinners and tax collectors, they said to his disciples, 'Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?' When Jesus heard this he said to them, 'It is not the healthy who need the doctor, but the sick. I did not come to call the virtuous, but sinners.'

The Gospel of the Lord.

Gospel Reflection


The scripture readings are taken from The Jerusalem Bible, published by Darton, Longman and Todd Ltd and used with the permission of the publishers.

The Gospel reflection comes from: Weekday Reflections for the Liturgical Year 2018/2019; I Want to Know Christ  
by Martin Hogan, published by The Messenger  c/f




Liturgical Readings for: Saturday, 19th January, 2019

Sliocht as Litir Naomh Pól chuig na Eabhraig       4:12-16
Druidimis go muiníneach le ríchathaoir an ghrásta.

Word of God 2A bhráithre, tá briathar Dé beoúil bríomhar; is géire é ná aon chlaíomh dhá bhéal; téann sé isteach idir anam agus spiorad, idir smior agus smúsach agus tugann sé breith ar chlaonta agus ar smaointe an chroí. Níl créatúr ar bith ann nach follas dó é; mar tá gach ní lom agus nocht do shúile an té sin a gcaithfimid cuntas a thabhairt dó inár ngníomhartha. Ós rud é, mar sin, go bhfuil ardsagart againn atá gafa tríd na flaithis, Íosa, Mac Dé, coinnímis greim docht ar ár gcreideamh.

Ní amhlaidh atá ardsagart againn nach féidir dó tuiscint a bheith aige dár laigí ach ceann a triaileadh i ngach slí cosúil linn féin ach nach ndearna peaca riamh. Dá bhrí sin, druidimis go muiníneach le ríchathaoir an ghrásta le súil go ndéanfar trócaire orainn agus go bhfaighimis grásta a chabhróidh linn in am an ghátair.

Briathar Dé.

Salm le Freagra             Sm 18
Freagra                              Na focail atá ráite agat linn, a Thiarna. is spiorad agus is beatha iad.

I.  Tá dli an Tiarna go foirfe.
tugann sé fortacht don anam;
tá foráil an Tiarna go daingean.
túgann sí teagasc do na haineolaigh.     Freagra

2. Tá proiceapta an Tiarna go díreach.
cuireann siad áthas ar an gcroí;
tá aithne an Tiarna go glan.
tugann sí solas don tsúil.                          Freagra

3. Tá eagla an Tiarna go híon
ag maireachtáil de shíor;
tá breitheanna an Tiarna go fíor,
is tá siad uile go cóir                                   Freagra

4. Go raibh briathra mo bhéil
agus smaointe mo chroí
táitneamhach i do láthairse, a Thiarna;
mo Charraig thú is mo Shlánaitheoir.    Freagra


Sliocht as an Soiscéal naofa de réir Naomh Marcas       2: 13-17
Ní fíréin a tháinig mé a ghlaoch ach peacaigh.”

SJesus & demonan am sin chuaigh Íosa amach arís cois na farraige, agus bhí an slua go léir ag teacht chuige agus eisean á dteagasc. Agus ag dul thar bráid dó, chonaic sé Léiví mac Alfáias ina shuí in oifig an chustaim agus dúirt leis: “Lean mise.” D’éirigh seisean agus lean sé é.
Agus nuair a bhí sé ag bord ina theach, bhí mórán poibleacánach agus peacach ina suí le hÍosa agus lena dheisceabail, mar bhí mórán díobh á leanúint. Nuair a chonaic scríobhaithe na bhFairisíneach go raibh sé ag ithe leis na peacaigh agus na poibleacánaigh, dúirt siad lena dheisceabail: “Cén fáth a mbíonn sé ag ithe agus ag ól le poibleacánaigh agus le peacaigh?” Ar a chloisteáil sin d’Íosa dúirt sé leo: “Ní ag na daoine atá slán a bhíonn gá le lia ach ag na daoine atá tinn. Ní fíréin a tháinig mé a ghlaoch ach peacaigh.”

Soiscéal Dé

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Liturgical Readings for: Sunday, 20th January, 2019
Scripture Themes
The fulfillment of God's promise is compared to a wedding feast. The wine that flows in plenty speaks of the joy of the kingdom.


A reading from the book of the Prophet  Isaiah       62:1-5
As the bridegroom rejoices in his bride, so will your God rejoice in you.

About Zion I will not be silent,
about Jerusalem I will not grow weary,
until her integrity shines out like the dawn
and her salvation flames like a torch.

feast2The nations then will see your integrity,
all the kings your glory,
and you will be called by a new name,
one which the mouth of the Lord will confer.
You are to be a crown of splendour in the hand of the Lord,
a princely diadem in the hand of your God;
no longer are you to be named 'Forsaken',
nor your land 'Abandoned',
but you shall be called 'My Delight'
and your land 'The Wedded';
for the Lord takes delight in you
and your land will have its wedding.
Like a young man marrying a virgin,
so will the one who built you wed you,
and as the bridegroom rejoices in his bride,
so will your God rejoice in you.

The Word of the Lord

Responsorial Psalm     Ps 95
Response                         Proclaim the wonders of the Lord among all the peoples.

l. O sing a new song to the Lord,
sing to the Lord all the earth.
O sing to the Lord, bless his name.          Response

2. Proclaim his help day by day,
tell among the nations his glory
and his wonders among all the peoples. Response

3. Give the Lord, you families of peoples,
give the Lord glory and power,
give the Lord the glory of his name.         Response

4. Worship the Lord in his temple.
O earth, tremble before him.
Proclaim to the nations: 'God is king.'
He will judge the peoples in fairness.     Response


A reading from the second letter of St Paul to the Corintians        12:4-11
There is a variety of gifts but always the same Spirit.

One SpiritThere is a variety of gifts but always the same Spirit; there are all sorts of service to be done, but always to the same Lord; working in all sorts of different ways in different people, it is the same God who is working in all of them. The particular way in which the Spirit is given to each person is for a good purpose. One may have the gift of preaching with wisdom given him by the Spirit; another may have the gift of preaching instruction given him by the same Spirit; and another the gift of faith given by the same Spirit; another again the gift of healing, through this one Spirit; one, the power of miracles; another, prophecy; another the gift of recognising spirits; another the gift of tongues and another the ability to interpret them.1 All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, who distributes different gifts to different people just as he chooses.

The Word of the Lord

Gospel  Acclamation       Jn 6: 63
Alleluia, alleluia!
Your words are spirit and they are life:
you have the message of eternal life.

Or                                           2 Thess 2: 14
Alleluia, alleluia!
Through the Good News God called us
to share the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.


A reading from the holy Gospel according John        2:1-11
This was the first of the signs given by Jesus: it was given at Cana in Galilee.

CanaThere was a wedding at Cana in Galilee. The mother of Jesus was there, and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited. When they ran out of wine, since the wine provided for the wedding was all finished, the mother of Jesus said to him, 'They have no wine'. Jesus said 'Woman, why turn to me? My hour has not come yet.' His mother said to the servants, 'Do whatever he tells you.' There were six stone water jars standing there, meant for the ablutions that are customary among the Jews: each could hold twenty or thirty gallons. Jesus said to the servants, 'Fill the jars with water', and they filled them to the brim. 'Draw some out now' he told them 'and take it to the steward.' They did this; the steward tasted the water, and it had turned into wine. Having no idea where it came from - only the servants who had drawn the water knew - the steward called the bridegroom and said; 'People generally serve the best wine first, and keep the cheaper sort till the guests have had plenty to drink; but you have kept the best wine till now'.

This was the first of the signs given by Jesus: it was given at Cana in Galilee. He let his glory be seen, and his disciples believed in him.

The Gospel of the Lord.

The scripture readings are taken from The Jerusalem Bible, published by Darton, Longman and Todd Ltd and used with the permission of the publishers.

Liturgical Readings for: Sunday, 20th January, 2019


Sliocht as Leabhar Fáidh  Ísáia        62:1-5
Mar is cúis ghairdis a chéile don fhear nuaphósta, beidh tú féin i do chúis ghairdis ag do Dhia.

Ar mhaithe le Síón ní fhanfaidh mé i mo thost,
agus mar gheall ar Iarúsailéim ní mian liom bheith socair,
nó go dté a fíréantacht amach mar an maidneachan
agus a slánú mar bheadh lóchrann ag lonrú.

Is ann a fheicfidh na ciníocha d’fhíréantachtfeast2
agus na ríthe uile do ghlóir;
agus tabharfar ainm nua ort,
ainm a fhógróidh béal an Tiarna féin.

Beidh tú i do choróin taibhseach i láimh an Tiarna,
i do cheannbheart ríoga ar bhois do Dhé.

Ní déarfaidh siad Uaigneach leat feasta,
ná ní ghairfear Fásach do do dhúiche.
Ach is é ainm a bheidh ort féin “Bean mo rúin”
agus “an Céile” a bheidh ar do dhúiche.
Óir lig an Tiarna a rún leat
agus gheobhaidh do dhúiche é mar chéile.

Díreach mar a phósann ógfhear cailín,
is é an Saor féin a phósfaidh thusa;
agus mar is cúis ghairdis a chéile don fhear nuaphósta,
beidh tú féin i do chúis ghairdis ag do Dhia.

Briathar Dé. 

alm le Freagra               Sm 95
Freagra                              Fógragí éachtaí an Tiarna do na náisiúin uile.

1. Canaigí amhrán nua don Tiarna;
Canaigí don Tiarna, a thalamh go léir.
Canaigí don Tiarna agus molaigí a ainm.                      Freagra  

2. Fógraígí a shlánú ó lá go lá.
insígí a ghlóir i measc na gciníocha
agus a éachtaí do na náisiúin uile.                                  Freagra

3. Luaigí leis an Tiarna, a chlanna na gciníocha,
luaigí leis an Tiarna clú agus cumhacht,
luaigí leis an Tiarna glóir a ainm.                                   Freagra

4. Tugaigí adhradh don Tiarna ina theampall.
Bí ar crith ina láthair, a thalamh.
Fógraígí do na ciníocha: 'Tá an Tiarna ina Rí'
Tabharfaidh sé breith chóir chothrom ar na daoine. Freagra


Sliocht as céad Litir Naomh Pól chuig na Coirintigh        12:4-11
Tá tíolacthaí difriúla ann ach an t-aon Spiorad amháin

One SpiritA bhráithre, tá tíolacthaí difriúla ann ach an t-aon Spiorad amháin; tá feidhmeannais difriúla ann ach an t-aon Tiarna amháin; agus tá oibreacha difriúla ann ach is é an Dia céanna a bhíonn á n-oibriú go léir in gach ceann riamh acu. An léiriú a dhéantar ar an Spiorad in gach duine ar leith, is chun tairbhe an phobail mhóir é. Mar shampla faigheann duine amháin labhairt go heagnaí ón Spiorad agus faigheann duine eile labhairt go feasach ón Spiorad céanna. Faigheann duine eile creideamh tríd an Spiorad céanna, agus duine eile buanna leighis tríd an aon Spiorad. Faigheann duine eile cumas míorúiltí agus duine eile fós bua na tairngreachta agus duine eile arís na spioraid a aithint ó chéile. Bíonn teangacha éagsúla ag duine amháin agus míniú teangacha ag duine eile. Ach is é an Spiorad ceanann céanna a bhíonn ag oibriú sna tíolacthaí seo uile agus é ag dáil ar gachm duine faoi leith de réir mar is áil leis féin.

Briathar Dé.  

Alleluia Véarsa         Eo 17: 17
Alleluia, alleluia!
Is fírinne do bhriathar.
Déan sinn a naomhú san fhírinne.


Siocht as an Soiscéal naofa de réir Naomh  Eoin       2:1-11
Rinne Íosa an chéad cheann sin dá chomharthaí i gCána sa Ghailíl

CanaSan am sin bhí pósadh i gCána sa Ghailíl agus bhí máthair Íosa ann. Fuair Íosa cuireadh chun an phósta freisin, agus a dheisceabail. Chuaigh den fhíon agus dúirt a mháthair le Íosa: “Níl aon fhíon acu.” Dúirt Íosa léi: “Cad ab áil leat díom, a bhean? Níl m’uairse tagtha fós.” Dúirt a mháthair leis an lucht freastail: “Déanaigí cibé ní a déarfaidh sé libh.” Bhí sé soithí cloiche ansiúd le haghaidh íonghlanadh de réir nós na nGiúdach; choinneoidís a dó nó a trí de mheadair an ceann. Dúirt Íosa leo: “Líonaigí na soithí suas le huisce.”Agus líon siad go béal iad. Dúirt sé leo: “Tarraingígí as feasta agus beirigí go dtí máistir na fleá é.” Rug siad, agus nuair a bhlais máistir na fleá an t-uisce ina fhíon, agus gan a fhios aige cár tháinig sé as (bhí a fhios, áfach, ag an lucht freastail a tharraing an t-uisce) ghlaoigh an máistir ar an bhfear nuaphósta, agus dúirt leis: “Cuireann gach duine an fíon maith ar an gclár ar dtús agus nuair a bhíonn siad ar meisce, an dara grád. Ach choinnigh tusa an fíon maith go dtí anois.”

Rinne Íosa an chéad cheann sin dá chomharthaí i gCána sa Ghailíl, agus thaispeáin sé a ghlóir agus chreid a dheisceabail ann. Ansin chuaigh sé síos go Cafarnáum, é féin agus a mháthair agus a bhráithre agus a dheisceabail agus d’fhan siad ann beagán laethanta.

Soiscéal Dé

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