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Date: Friday 28th June 2019
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The challenge.


“The chances of being called to put our life on the line for our faith are remote; but the persecution may be more subtle. While the gospel message challenges us to stand up and be counted, most of us would prefer to keep our faith a private matter, There is always the fear that if it were known around the work place that we attend church, are faithful to our wedded spouse, that we pray and live by the commandments, we may be laughed at and labelled old fashioned. Likewise, young persons who say no to the drug culture and to lives fuelled by alcohol will find themselves facing animosity and ridicule for being out of step with their peers.  Loyalty to Jesus is challenging because it demands rowing upstream against the flow of public opinion. Discipleship involves taking a stand on certain issues and making choices that will bring tension and conflict with the life around us.”

Source: “Preaching God’s Word on Sunday,” by Fr. Desmond Knowles.

Aug 18 - St Helen (c. 250–330) mother of Constantine

helen1Saint Helen, also known as Helena of Constantinople (c. 250–330) was the wife of the Roman Emperor Constantius (250-306), and the mother of Emperor Constantine I. She is traditionally associated with finding the relics of the true cross in Jerusalem. Patrick Duffy traces her story.

British princess or a tavern maid from Asia Minor?
An English legend would claim that Helen was a British princess, the daughter of Old King Cole, but this is untrue as Constantius her husband had divorced her long before he ever set foot in Britain.

Birth of Constantine
Flavia Iulia Helena was most probably born in the city of Drepanum - later renamed Helenopolis - in Bithynia (modern north-eastern Turkey) in 248/9 AD, the daughter of innkeepers. St Ambrose of Milan (De obitu Theodosii 42) says she was a stabularia, a maid in a tavern or inn. Around the year 270 she met Constantius Chlorus and a few years later gave birth to their son Constantine at Nish in Serbia.

Constantius divorces Helen
But when in 292 Constantius became Caesar to the Augustus Maximian in the West in the newly formed tetrarchy that ruled the Roman empire, he divorced Helena for political reasons and married Theodora, Maximian's daughter. From then until Constantine became emperor, Helena's life was spent in relative obscurity and was probably deprived of the company of her son. Perhaps because of this she is seen as a patron of those undergoing divorce proceedings.

At Constantine's court in Trier and Rome
Around 306, after the troops of Constantius proclaimed Constantine the successor of his father at York, Helena joined Constantine's court, probably first at Trier and later at Rome. There are frescoes in the imperial palace in Trier, on which Helena is possibly depicted. When in 312 Constantine had defeated his rival Maxentius in the famous battle at the Milvian Bridge near Rome, Helena probably came to live in Rome. Perhaps to console her for the years of neglect when she was repudiated by her husband Constantius, Constantine gave her as her residence the Sessorian Palace at the south-east corner of the city, part of which survives today as the Basilica of Santa Croce in Gerusalemme. From this time onwards she held a prominent position at the imperial court and in 324 Helena received the title of Augusta.

Helen's pilgrimage to Jerusalem
Constantine's popularity probably suffered severe damage from the murder in 326 of his son Crispus and his wife Fausta in a palace intrigue. So we find Helen now almost eighty years of age heading off to the East and to Jerusalem in the years 327-328, possibly on a goodwill political visit. Ecclesiastical historian Eusebius, however, describes Helen's journey as a pilgrimage (Vita Constantini 3.42-47), pointing out its religious aspects, showing Helen as full of religious enthusiasm, visiting the places where Christ's had walked, caring for the poor and needy and generous in endowing churches to be built on the holy places.

Icon of Ss Constantine and Helen provided by Athanasios Clark and used with permission.

The tradition is that while Helen was in Jerusalem in the years 327-8 she discovered the true cross. She ordered that the 200 year-old Temple of Venus built in the time of the emperor Hadrian be torn down and it was here that the tomb of Jesus and the relics of three crosses were found. Over this she built the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre.

Veneration of the Cross
The Sermons of Cyril, bishop of Jerusalem, record that remains of the Cross were already venerated in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre at the end of the 340s. Today within the Church of the Holy Sepulchre there are 29 steps leading down to the Armenian Chapel of St Helena, where the relics of cross were said to have been located. The remains of the cross were relocated to Rome, and are on display in the Basilica of Santa Croce in Gerusalemme.

Bethlehem and the Eleona
Helen also went to Bethlehem where she built another church over the cave where Jesus was born. Also back in Jerusalem, she built a third basilica on the Mount of Olives where Jesus ascended into heaven. Constantine financed this building project and called the Ascension church "the Eleona" in honour of his mother.

[caption id="attachment_84559" align="alignleft" width="180"]Ss Marcelinus and Peter's Church, Via Labicana. Rome Ss Marcelinus and Peter's Church,Via Labicana. Rome[/caption]


Helen's death
Shortly after her journey to the East, Helen died. She was buried in Rome in a mausoleum Constantine built for her near the Church of Saints Marcellinus and Peter on the Via Labicana.

The porphyry sarcophagus which contained her remains is now in the Vatican Museum.
Liturgical Readings for: Sunday, 18th August, 2019
FIRST READING      Jeremiah 38:4-6. 8-10
You have borne me to be a man of dissension for all the land.

Jeremiah in wellThe king’s leading men spoke to the king. 'Let this man be put to death: he is unquestionably disheartening the remaining soldiers in the city, and all the people too, by talking like this. The fellow does not have the welfare of this people at heart so much as its ruin. 'He is in your hands as you know,' King Zedekiah answered 'for the king is powerless against you.' So they took Jeremiah and threw him into the well of Prince Malchiah in the Court of the Guard, letting him down with ropes. There was no water in the well, only mud, and into the mud Jeremiah sank.

Ebed-melech came out from the palace and spoke to the king. 'My lord king,' he said 'these men have done a wicked thing by treating the prophet Jeremiah like this: they have thrown him into the well where he will die.' At this the king gave Ebed-melech the Cushite the following order: 'Take three men with you from here and pull the prophet Jeremiah out of the well before he dies'.

The Word of the Lord

Responsorial Psalm        Ps 39
Response                            Lord, come to my aid!

1. I waited, I waited for the Lord
and he stooped down to me;
he heard my cry.                                Response

2 .He drew me from the deadly pit,
from the miry clay.
He set my feet upon a rock
and made my footsteps firm.          Response

3. He put a new song into my mouth,
praise of our God.
Many shall see and fear
and shall trust in the Lord.               Response

4. As for me, wretched and pcior,
the Lord thinks of me.
You are my rescuer, my help,
O God, do not delay.                         Response 

SECOND READING                     Hebrews 12: 1-4
You have borne me to be a man of dissension for all the land.

With so many witnesses in a great cloud on every side of us, we too, then, should throw off everything that hinders us, especially the sin that clings so easily, and keep running steadily in the race we have started. Let us not lose sight of Jesus, who leads us in our faith and brings it to perfection: for the sake of the joy which was still in the future, he endured the cross, disregarding the shamefulness of it, and from now on has taken his place at the right of God's throne. Think of the way he stood such opposition from sinners and then you will not give up for want of courage. In the fight against sin, you have not yet had to keep fighting to the point of death.

The Word of the Lord

Gospel  Acclamation            Acts 16: 14
Alleluia, alleluia!
Open our heart, O Lord,
to accept the words of your Son.

Or                                               Jn 10: 27
Alleluia, alleluia!
The sheep that belong to me listen to my voice,
says the Lord,
I know them and they follow me.

Jesus brings fireGOSPEL   

A reading from the Gospel according to Luke      12: 49-53
I am not here to bring peace, but rather division.

esus said to his disciples: 'I have come to bring fire to the earth, and how I wish it were blazing already! There is a baptism I must still receive, and how great is my distress till it is over! '

Do you suppose that I am here to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division. For from now on a household of five will be divided: three against two and two against three; the father divided against the son, son against father, mother against daughter, daughter against mother, mother-in-law against daughter-in-law, daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.

Gospel of the Lord

Taken from THE JERUSALEM BIBLE, published and copyright 1966, 1967 and 1968 by Darton, Longman and Todd Ltd and Doubleday, a division of Random House Inc, and used by permission of the publishers.
Liturgical Readings for: Sunday, 18th August, 2019

Sliocht as Leabhar Irimia , Fáidh.  38:4-6. 8-10
Rug tú mé i m'fhear achrannach don tír ar fad

Jeremiah in wellLabhair na ceannairí seo leis an rí: “Cuirtear an fear seo chun báis; gan amhras lagaíonn sé lámha fuíoll lucht cosanta na cathrach, agus lámha an phobail uile freisin, ag labhairt leo ar an gcaoi seo. Ní hé leas an phobail seo a iarrann mo dhuine, ach a n-aimhleas.” “Tá sé in bhur lámha, mar is eol daoibh,” a dúirt an rí Zidicíá, “óir ní fhéadann an rí aon rud a dhéanamh in bhur n-aghaidh.” Thóg siad Irimia mar sin agus theilg i dtobar an Phrionsa Mailciá é, a bhí i gCúirt an Gharda, á ligean síos le rópaí. Ní raibh uisce ar bith sa tobar, ach amháin láib, agus chuaigh Irimia faoi sa láib.

Chuaigh Eibid Meilic amach as an bpálás agus labhair leis an rí: “A thiarna, a rí,” ar sé, “rinne na fir seo olc agus a leithéid de bhail a chur ar an bhfáidh Irimia; theilg siad sa tobar é, áit a bhfaighidh sé bás (den ghorta mar nach bhfuil aon arán fágtha sa chathair).” Ansin d’ordaigh an rí do Eibid Meilic an tAetóipeach: “Beir leat as seo triúr fear agus tarraing aníos Irimia fáidh as an tobar sula bhfaighe sé bás.”

Briathar Dé.  

Salm le Freagra              Sm 39
Freagra                              Tar i gcabhair orm, a Thiarna.

1. Bhí dóchas agam, Bhí dóchas agam sa Tiarna,
agus chlaon sé a chluas chugam
agus d'éist le m'éamh.                                      Freagra

2. Tharraing sé mé as díog na díthe,
as láib an tsalachair.
Chuir mo chosa ina seasamh ar charraig
agus dhaingnigh mo choiscéimeanna.          Freagra

3. Chuir sé amhrán nua i mo bhéal,
duan dár nDia.
Feicfidh mórán is beidh eagla orthu,
beidh a ndóchas sa Tiarna.                               Freagra

4. Maidir liomsa, cé gur dealbh dearóil mé,
tuigeann an Tiarna dom.
Is tú mo tharrthálaí is mo chúnamh:
ná déan moill, a Dhia!                                        Freagra


Sliocht as céad Litir Naomh Pól chuig na  Eabhraig         12:1-4
Rithimis go buanseasmhach an rás atá leagtha amach dúinn.

A bhráithre, ar an ábhar sin, ós rud é go bhfuil slua chomh mór sin d’fhinnéithe thart timpeall orainn mar scamall, caithimis uainn gach ualach mar aon leis an bpeaca sin a ghreamaíonn dínn agus rithimis go buanseasmhach an rás atá leagtha amach dúinn. Bímis ag féachaint romhainn amach ar Íosa, ar cheannródaí ár gcreidimh, a thabharfaidhchun foirfeachta é. Ar son an aoibhnis a bhí leagtha amach dó d’fhulaing sé céasadh na croise mar rinne sé neamhní den mhasla sin, agus tá sé ina shuí anois ar an taobh deas de ríchathaoir Dé. Déanaigí machnamh, mar sin, ar an té a chuir suas leis na peacaigh a bhí ag cur chomh mór sin ina aghaidh ionas nach dtiocfaidh tuirse ná lagmhisneach oraibhse choíche. Ag troid in aghaidh an pheaca daoibh ní raibh oraibh seasamh go doirteadh fola fós.

Briathar Dé.

Alleluia Véarsa              Gníomh 16: 14
Alleluia, alleluia!
Oscail ár gcroí, A Thiarna,
Cun aird a thabhairt ar bhraithra do Mhic

Jesus brings fireSOISCÉAL         

Sliocht as Soiscéal naofa de réir Naomh Lúcás   12: 49-53
Ní chun síocháin a thabhairt a tháinig mé ach easaontas.

San am sin dúirt Íosa lena dheisceabail
“Chun tine a chaitheamh ar an talamh a tháinig mé, agus nach mór is áil liom go mbeadh sí ar lasadh cheana féin! Tá baisteadh lena gcaithfear mé a bhaisteadh, agus cad é mar chúngrach atá orm nó go mbeidh sé curtha i gcrích!

An é is dóigh libh gur chun síocháin a thabhairt ar an talamh a tháinig mé? Ní hea, deirim libh, ach easaontas.
Óir, as seo amach, beidh cúigear in aon teaghlach in easaontas le chéile,
triúr le beirt agus beirt le triúr; athair le mac agus mac le hathair, máthair le hiníon agus iníon le máthair; máthair chéile le bean a mic, agus bean mhic le máthair a céile.”

Soiscéal Dé

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Liturgical Readings for: Sunday, 25th August, 2019

A reading from the Book of Isaiah          66:18-21
They will bring all your brothers from all the nations.

Jesus final comingThe Lord says this: I am coming to gather the nations of every language. They shall come to witness my glory. I will give them a sign and send some of their survivors to the nations: to Tarshish, Put, Lud, Moshech, Rosh, Tubal, and Javan, to the distant islands that have never heard of me or seen my glory. They will proclaim my glory to the nations. As an offering to the Lord they will bring all your brothers, on horses, in chariots, in litters, on mules, on dromedaries, from all the nations to my holy mountain in Jerusalem, says the Lord, like Israelites bringing oblations in clean vessels to the Temple of the Lord. And of some of them I will make priests and Levites, says the Lord.

The Word of the Lord

Responsorial Psalm       Ps 116
Response                            Go out to the whole world and proclaim the Good News.
or                                           Alleluia!

1. O praise the Lord, all you nations,
acclaim him all you peoples!          Response

2. Strong is his love for us;
he is faithful for ever.                        Response

A reading from the letter of St Paul to the Hebrews       12:5-7
The Lord trains the one that he loves.

ave you forgotten that encouraging text in which you are addressed as sons? My son, when the Lord corrects you, do not treat it lightly; but do not get discouraged when he reprimands you. For the Lord trains the ones that he loves and he punishes all those that he acknowledges as his sons. Suffering is part of your training; God is treating you as his sons. Has there ever been any son whose father did not train him? Of course, any punishment is most painful at the time, and far from pleasant; but later, in those on whom it has been used, it bears fruit in peace and goodness. So hold up your limp arms and steady your trembling knees and smooth out the path you tread; then the injured limb will not be wrenched, it will grow strong again.

The Word of the Lord

Gospel  Acclamation     Jn 14: 23
Alleluia, alleluia!
If anyone loves me he will keep my word, and my Father will love him,
and we shall come to him.

Or                                         Jn 14: 6
Alleluia, alleluia!
I am the Way, the Truth and the Life, says the Lord;
no one can come to the Father except through me.


A reading from the Gospel according to Luke 13:22-30
People from east and west will come to take their places at the feast in the kingdom of God.

Jesus & JerusalemThrough towns and villages he went teaching, making his way to Jerusalem. Someone said to him, 'Sir, will there be only a few saved?' He said to them, 'Try your best to enter by the narrow door, because, I tell you, many will try to enter and will not succeed.

'Once the master of the house has got up and locked the door, you may find yourself knocking on the door, saying, "Lord, open to us" but he will answer, "I do not know where you come from". Then you will find yourself saying, "We once ate and drank in your company; you taught in our streets" but he will reply, "I do not know where you come from. Away from me, all you wicked men !"

'Then there will be weeping and grinding of teeth, when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, and yourselves turned outside. And men from east and west, from north and south, will come to take their places at the feast in the kingdom of God. 'Yes, there are those now last who will be first, and those now first who will be last.'

Gospel of the Lord

Taken from THE JERUSALEM BIBLE, published and copyright 1966, 1967 and 1968 by Darton, Longman and Todd Ltd and Doubleday, a division of Random House Inc, and used by permission of the publishers.
Liturgical Readings for: Sunday, 25th August, 2019

Sliocht as  Leabhar Íseáia, Fáidh         66:18-21
Tabharfaidh siad leo bhur muintir go léir go dtí mo shliabh beannaithe.

Jesus final comingSeo mar a deir an Tiarna:  Tá mé ag teacht chun ciníocha na n-uile theanga a chruinniú le chéile. Tiocfaidh siad a bhreathnú ar mo ghlóir. Tabharfaidh mé comhartha dóibh agus cuirfidh mé cuid dár tháinig slán díobh amach chuig na náisiúin: chuig Tairsís, Pút, Lúd, Móiséic, Róis, Túbal agus Iáván, i dtreo insí na farraige i gcéin nár chuala trácht orm agus nach bhfaca mo ghlóir. Agus ar ais as na náisiúin uile, ina dtabhartais don Tiarna, tabharfaidh siad leo bhur muintir go léir – ar muin capaill, i gcarbaid agus ar eileatroim, ar mhiúileanna agus ar chamaill rásaíochta – go dtí mo shliabh beannaithe in Iarúsailéim, a deir an Tiarna, ar nós mar iompraíonn clann Iosrael an tabhartas i soithí glana go teampall an Tiarna. Agus cuid acu, déanfaidh mé sagairt agus Léivítigh díobh dom féin, a deir an Tiarna.

Briathar Dé. 

Salm le Freaga        Sm 116
Freagra                      Imígí faoin domhan uile; fógraígí an dea-scéal.
Malairt freagra       Alleluia!

Molaigí an Tiarna, a chiníocha uile;
moladh na náisiúin go léir é.                                     Freagra

Óir is daingean é go deimhin, a bhuanghrá dúinn;
maireann a dhílseacht go brách.                               Freagra


 Sliocht as Litir Naomh Pól chuig na Eabhraigí       12:5-7
Óir is ar an duine a bhfuil grá aige air a chuireann Dia smacht.

A bhráithre, tá dearmad déanta agaibh ar na briathra spreagúla a labhraítear libh mar chlann mhac Dé: “A mhic liom, ná déan neamhní den smacht a chuireann Dia ort, ná bíodh lagmhisneach ort nuair a cheartaíonn sé thú. Óir is ar an duine a bhfuil grá aige air a chuireann Dia smacht agus sciúrsálann sé gach duine a nglacann sé leis mar mhac.” Bígí buanseasmhach, mar sin, ionas go ndéanfar sibh a oiliúint; is mar chlann mhac atá Dia ag caitheamh libh. Cá bhfuil an mac nach gcuireann a athair smacht air? Nuair a chuirtear smacht orainn, ní ábhar áthais dúinn é ag an am ach ábhar dóláis. Ina dhiaidh sin, áfach, tugann an smacht an tsíocháin agus an fhíréantacht uaidh mar thoradh do na daoine a oileadh tríd. Dá bhrí sin, “teannaigí bhur lámha faona agus bhur nglúine laga agus déanaigí cosáin réidhe do bhur gcosa.” Ar an gcuma sin in ionad an chos leonta a chur as alt is amhlaidh a leigheasfar í.

Briathar Dé. 

Alleluia Véarsa             Eo 14:5, 6       
Alleluia, alleluia!
'Is mise an tSlí, an Fhírinne agus an Bheatha,' a deir an Tiarna:
'Ní thagann aon duine go dtí an tAthair ach tríomsa.'


Sliocht as Soiscéal naofa de réir Naomh Lúcás    13:22-30
Tiocfaidh siad anoir is aniar ann, aduaidh is aneas, agus beidh siad ina suí chun boird i ríocht Dé.

SJesus & Jerusalemeo mar a bhí Íosa ag gabháil trí chathracha agus trí bhailte ag teagasc, ar a bhóthar dó go Iarúsailéim. Dúirt duine éigin leis: “A Thiarna, an ea nach mbíonn slánaithe ach an beagán?” Dúirt sé leo: “Déanaigí lándícheall ar dhul isteach tríd an doras cúng, óir beidh mórán, deirim libh, ag iarraidh dul isteach agus ní fhéadfaidh siad é. Tar éis d’fhear an tí éirí agus an doras a dhúnadh, agus go dtosóidh sibhse, in bhur seasamh amuigh, ag bualadh an dorais ag rá: ‘A Thiarna, oscail dúinn!’ déarfaidh seisean libh do bhur bhfreagairt: ‘Níl a fhios agam cad as daoibh!’ Beidh sibh á rá ansin: ‘Bhímis ag ithe agus ag ól i do láthair, agus is inár sráideanna a rinne tú teagasc.’ Ach déarfaidh sé: ‘Deirim libh, níl a fhios agam cad as daoibh. Beirigí uaim, sibhse uile a dhéanann an éagóir!’ Is ann a bheidh an gol agus an díoscán fiacal, nuair a fheicfidh sibh Abrahám agus Íosác agus Iacób agus na fáithe uile i ríocht Dé agus gur tiomáineadh sibh féin amach. Agus tiocfaidh siad anoir is aniar ann, aduaidh is aneas, agus beidh siad ina suí chun boird i ríocht Dé.

Agus féach, tá daoine ar deireadh a bheidh ar tosach, agus tá daoine ar tosach a bheidh ar deireadh!”

Soiscéal Dé

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