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Follow the saints.


Sunlight filters through the windows

kaleidoscoping images of long dead saints

onto the stone floor of this ancient building

where faithful folk have prayed

and worshipped through the ages.

Lord, may I too be faithful

and may I be inspired

by the lives of the saints.

Source: Celtic Prayers & Reflections by Jenny Child.

May 26 - St Gregory VII (1028-85)

Summary: Pope St Gregory VII was born about 1020 in Tuscany (Italy); died in exile at Salerno on this day in 1085. He served in important positions under several popes and briefly was a monk of Cluny. Elected pope in 1073 and campaigned strenuously for the reform of the Roman Church and for its freedom from civil powers. Noted for his devotion to the Church in Rome and for the reform of clerical and monastic life and of Church organisation.

 Pope Gregory from 1073 to 1085,  "was probably the most energetic and determined man ever to occupy the See of Peter and was driven by an almost mystically exalted vision of the awesome responsibility and dignity of the papal office" (Eamonn Duffy, Saints and Sinners: A History of the Popes, p. 121).

Patrick Duffy summarises Gregory's life and significance.

A disciple of Pope Gregory VI
Born at Sovana, a small town in southern Tuscany, the son of a blacksmith, and was christened Hildebrand. He was educated in Rome by the archpriest John Gratian who in 1045 became Pope Gregory VI. However, because of a financial deal involved in getting rid of his corrupt predecessor, Gregory was deposed in 1046 by the reforming German king and Holy Roman Emperor Henry III and went into retirement in the Benedictine monastery of Cluny, France. Hildebrand went with his master into exile at Cluny and spent three years there as a monk.

Ambassador of four popes
However, he returned to Rome in 1049 to serve the newly elected Pope St Leo IX as papal treasurer. Hildebrand became a deacon and then prior of the monastery of St Paul's, Outside the Walls and was an assistant to a major influence on the next four popes, all of whom were reformers. He was also successful in various ambassadorial roles. On the death of Pope Alexander II (1061-73, he was elected pope by popular acclaim by the clergy and people of Rome. He still had to be ordained priest and bishop before he could be made pope.

Conflict with King Henry IV of Germany
Holy Roman Emperor Henry IV doing penance to reverse his excommunication by Pope Gregory VII
Taking his name from his mentor Gregory VI, Gregory VII immediately set about cleaning up the abuses of simony, clerical concubinage and lay investiture. He demanded that bishops take an oath of obedience to him and threatened those who wouldn't carry out papal decrees. Over lay investiture he faced opposition from King Philip I of France, William the Conqueror of England and the young King Henry IV of Germany. Henry, whose father had appointed bishops and popes at will, resented the brusqueness of this new pontiff and gathered "his" bishops at Worms and insisted Gregory be deposed. But Gregory then excommunicated Henry and all the bishops collaborating with him and absolved his subjects from allegiance. Ecclesiastical support for Henry cracked and in 1077 he had to travel to the house of Matilda of Canossa in Italy where Gregory was staying and there he begged the Pope's pardon and absolution. Gregory left Henry standing in humiliation for three days in the snow before eventually granting him pardon.

Pyrrhic victory and death
But Gregory's victory was short lived. Henry rallied his forces and in 1080 invaded Italy, captured Rome, declared Gregory deposed. He installed an anti-pope Guibert of Ravenna as Clement III. Gregory took refuge in Castel Sant'Angelo, invited in the Normans under Robert Guiscard to rescue him. However, the Normans behaved so badly in Rome that the Romans turned on Gregory and forced him to retire first to Monte Cassino and then to Salerno south of Naples where he died. His last words were famously an adaptation of Psalm 44 (45) verse 7: "I have loved justice and hated iniquity; therefore I die in exile".

Papal claims
Gregory's pontificate represents a strong staking out of the papal claim of power over the secular world and though he achieved little, the spirit of papal reform continued and the papacy never receded from its claims to freedom from secular and political control in spiritual matters. From this time on also the pope began to be presented not just as the vicar of St Peter, but as "the vicar of Christ himself" (Innocent III 1198-1216).

His influence
Gregory's beatification (1585) and canonisation (1605) took place at a time when the papacy was in conflict with secular powers - Queen Elizabeth I and James I in England. His feast was extended to the universal Church in 1728, causing some fury among proponents of Gallicanism in France.

infallabilityHe was later seen as a precursor of Vatican I with its definition of the doctrine of papal infallibility. One could perhaps be forgiven for detecting a hint of spin or ideology in his promotion, but the tyrannies of the 20th century bear out the value of his insistence on the freedom of the Church in speaking out on spiritual matters.
Liturgical Readings for: Tuesday, 26th May, 2020

Tuesday, 7th Week of Easter


A reading from the Acts of the Apostles         20:17-27
When I finish my race,  I have carried out the mission the Lord Jesus gave me.

From Miletus Paul sent for the elders of the church of Ephesus. When they arrived he addressed these words to them:

'You know what my way of life has been ever since the first day I set foot among you in Asia, how I have served the Lord in all humility, with all the sorrows and trials that came to me through the plots of the Jews. I have not hesitated to do anything that would be helpful to you; I have preached to you, and instructed you both in public and in your homes, urging both Jews and Greeks to turn to God and to believe in our Lord Jesus.

'And now you see me a prisoner already in spirit; I am on my way to Jerusalem, but have no idea what will happen to me there, except that the Holy Spirit, in town after town, has made it clear enough that imprisonment and persecution await me. But life to me is not a thing to waste words on, provided that when I finish my race I have carried out the mission the Lord Jesus gave me - and that was to bear witness to the Good News of God's grace.

'I now feel sure that none of you among whom I have gone about proclaiming the kingdom will ever see my face again. And so here and now I swear that my conscience is clear as far as all of you are concerned, for I have without faltering put before you the whole of God's purpose.'

The Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm         Ps 67
Response                              Kingdoms of the earth, sing to God.
Or                                            Alleluia!

1. You poured down, O God, a generous rain:
when your people were starved you gave them new life.
It was there that your people found a home,
prepared in your goodness, O God, for the poor.    Response

2. May the Lord be blessed day after day.
He bears our burdens, God our saviour.
This God of ours is a God who saves.
The Lord our God holds the keys of death.              Response

Gospel Acclamation       Jn 14 : 18
Alleluia, alleluia!
I will not leave you orphans, says the Lord;
I go, but I will come back to you, and your hearts will be full of joy.

or                                          Jn 14: 16
Alleluia, alleluia!
I shall ask the Father,
and he will give you another Advocate to be with you.


A reading from the holy Gospel according to John           17:1-11
'Father,  glorify your Son.'

Jesus raised his eyes to heaven and said:

'Father, the hour has come:
glorify your Son so that your Son may glorify you;
and, through the power over all mankind that you have given him,
let him give eternal life to all those you have entrusted to him.
And eternal life is this: to know you, the only true God,
and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.
I have glorified you on earth and finished the work that you gave me to do.Jesus prays
Now, Father, it is time for you to glorify me
with that glory I had with you before ever the world was.
I have made your name known to the men you took from the world to give me.
They were yours and you gave them to me,
and they have kept your word.
Now at last they know that all you have given me comes indeed from you;
for I have given them the teaching you gave to me,
and they have truly accepted this,
that I came from you,
and have believed that it was you who sent me.
I pray for them;
I am not praying for the world but for those you have given me,
because they belong to you:
all I have is yours and all you have is mine,
and in them I am glorified.
I am not in the world any longer, but they are in the world,
and I am coming to you.
Holy Father, keep those you have given me true to your name,
so that they may be one like us.'

The Gospel of the Lord.

Gospel Reflection,       Tuesday,                    Seventh Week of Easter,                 John 17:1-11

People often ask us to pray for them, and we often ask people to pray for us. The prayer of intercession has always been central to the church’s prayer life. The gospels suggest that it was central to Jesus’ prayer life too. In the gospel of Luke, in the setting of the last supper, Jesus turns to Peter and says to him, ‘I have prayed for you, Peter, that your faith may not fail’. Today’s gospel reading from John is also set in the context of the last supper. Jesus begins by praying for himself, ‘Father, the hour has come: glorify your Son’. Jesus asks his Father to bring him through the death that is immanent into the glory of eternal life. Jesus then goes on to pray for his disciples, ‘I pray for them… for those you have given me’. He prays for his disciples, he intercedes for them, in the awareness that ‘they are in the world’. Jesus is leaving the world, which has been largely hostile to him, but his disciples will remain in this world and there they will experience the same hostility that Jesus experienced. Jesus feels the need to pray for them. Although it is not said explicitly in our gospel reading, Jesus is praying that their faith in him may not fail in this hostile world. In his letter to the Romans, Paul makes reference to Christ Jesus ‘who is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us’. The letter to the Hebrews declares that Jesus, the high priest, ‘always lives to make intercession for’ those who approach God through him. It is reassuring to know that the risen Lord prays for us all, just as he prayed for his first disciples. His prayer for us, in keeping with his prayer for his first disciples, is surely that our faith may not fail when it is put to the test by a hostile world.


The scripture readings are taken from The Jerusalem Bible, published by Darton, Longman and Todd Ltd and used with the permission of the publishers.  http://dltbooks.com/The Gospel reflection comes from WEEKDAY REFLECTIONS 2019-20: The Word of God is Living and Active by Martin Hogan and published by Messenger Publications  c/f https://www.messenger.ie/product/the-word-of-god-is-living-and-active-reflections-on-the-weekday-readings-for-the-liturgical-year-2019-2020/c/f www.messenger.ie/bookshop/



Liturgical Readings for: Tuesday, 26th May, 2020

 Sliocht as Leabhar Gníomhartha na nAspal            20:17-27
Nuair a chríochnaím mo chúrsa agus go gcomhlíonaim an dualgas úd a leag an Tiarna Íosa orm.

Chuir Phól scéala ó Mhíléatas go hEifeasas dá bhrí sin á iarraidh ar sheanóirí na hEaglaise teacht chuige. Agus nuair a bhí siad tagtha chuige, labhair seo leo mar a leanas. “Tá a fhios agaibh an chuma inar chaith mé gach nóiméad fad a bhí mé in bhur measc ón gcéad lá a leag mé cos lánuiríseal deorach san Áise, go raibh mé i mo sheirbhíseach lándeorach don Tiarna ainneoin gach cros dár rug orm trí chealga na nGiúdach; nár cheil mé oraibh rud ar bith a rachadh chun sochair daoibh ach é a fhógairt agus a theagasc daoibh os comhair an tsaoil agus in bhur dtithe; d’fhógair mé ar Ghiúdaigh
agus ar Ghréagaigh araon iompú chun Dé agus creidiúint inár dTiarna Íosa.

Agus anois, féach, agus mé i mo chime ag an Spiorad táim ag dul suas go Iarúsailéim agus gan a fhios agam céard atá in áirithe dom ann ach amháin go bhfuil an Spiorad Naomh á dhearbhú dom in gach cathair dá dtéim gur géibheann agus piolóidí atá ann i mo chomhair. Ach ní fiú tráithnín liom mo bheatha dom féin chomh fada agus a chríochnaím mo chúrsa agus go gcomhlíonaim an dualgas úd a leag an Tiarna Íosa orm: fianaise a thabhairt ar dhea-scéal ghrásta Dé.

“Tá a fhios agam anois nach bhfeicfidh sibhse mo ghnúis níos mó, sibhse go léir ar shiúil mé in bhur measc ag fógairt na ríochta. Dearbhaím daoibh inniu féin, dá bhrí sin, nach bhfuilim freagrach i bhfuil aon duine riamh agaibh, mar níor staon mé ó bheartas Dé a fhógairt daoibh ina iomláine.

Briathar Dé.  

Salm le freagra              Sm 67
Freagra                            Canaigí do Dhia, a ríochtaí na cruinne.
Malairt le freagra         Alleluia! 

1. D’fhear tú flúirse fearthainne, a Dhia, ar d’oidhreacht;
thug tú beatha do do phobal agus iad ar an ngorta.
Is ann a lonnaigh do phobal de bharr do chineáltais
mar a ndearna tú soláthar, a Dhia, do lucht an ghátair.      Freagra 

2. Moladh leis an Tiarna ó lá go chéile,
an Dia a thugann taca dúinn; is é ar slánaitheoir é. Selah
Dia a thugann tarrtháil orainn an Dia seo againne;
tugann an Tiarna ár nDia doras éalaithe ón mbás dúinn.    Freagra

Sliocht as an Soiscéal naofa de réir Naomh Eoin        17:1-11
“A Athair, tabhair glóir do do Mhac.

San am sin agus ar thógáil a shúl chun na bhflaitheas dúirt Íosa:
“A Athair, tá an uair tagtha.
Tabhair glóir do do Mhac,
ionas go dtabharfadh do Mhac glóir duit:
faoi mar a thug tú cumhacht dó ar an uile dhuine,
ionas, gach duine a thug tú dó,
go dtabharfaidh sé an bheatha shíoraí dóibh.
Is í seo an bheatha shíoraí:
iad a chur aithne ortsa, an t-aon Dia fírinneach amháin,
agus ar Íosa Críost, a chuir tú uait.
Jesus praysThug mise glóir duit ar talamh;
tá an obair déanta agam a thug tú dom le déanamh.
Agus anois mar sin, a Athair,
tabhair-sé glóir domsa i do láthair
leis an nglóir chéanna a bhí agam i do láthair,
sula raibh an domhan ann.
D’fhoilsigh mé d’ainm
do na daoine a thug tú dom as an saol;
ba leatsa iad, agus thug tú domsa iad,
agus tá do bhriathar coinnithe acu.
Tá a fhios acu anois gur uaitse,
gach ní dár thug tú dom;
óir na briathra a thug tú dom, thug mé dóibh iad,
agus ghlac siad iad agus thuig siad go fíor
gur uaitse a tháinig mé,
agus chreid siad gur tú a chuir uait mé.
Ar a son atáim ag guí; ní ar son an tsaoil
atáim ag guí ach ar son na muintire
a thug tú dom, mar is leatsa iad.
Leatsa gach ní is liomsa
agus liomsa gach ní is leatsa,
agus tá glóir faighte agam iontu.
Nílim ar an saol feasta
ach tá siadsan ar an saol
agus táim ag dul ag triall ortsa.'
           Soiscéal Dé.

© An Sagart
Liturgical Readings for: Sunday, 31st May, 2020

- Vigil and Feast of Pentecost  -

Saturday Vigil Mass

(This Mass is celebrated on Saturday evening of Pentecost. Anyone of the following readings from the Old Testament may be chosen)


A reading from the Book of Genesis   11:1-9
It was named Babel therefore, because there the Lord confused the language of the whole earth.

Throughout the earth men spoke the same language, with the same vocabulary. Now as they moved eastwards they found a plain in the land of Shinar where they settled. They said to one another, 'Come, let us make bricks and bake them in the fire.' - For stone they used bricks, and for mortar they used bitumen. - 'Come,' they said. 'let us build ourselves a town and a tower with its top reaching heaven. Let us make a name for ourselves, so that we may not be scattered about the whole earth.'

Now the Lord came down to see the town and the tower that the sons of man had built. 'So they are all a single people with a single language!' said the Lord. 'This is but the start of their undertakings! There will be nothing too hard for them to do, Come, let us go down and confuse their language on the spot so that they can no longer understand one another.' The Lord scattered them thence over the whole face of the earth, and they stopped building the town. It was named Babel therefore, because there the Lord confused the language of the whole earth. It was from there that the Lord scattered them over the whole face of the earth.

The Word of the Lord

Alternative First Readings   

A reading from the Book of  Exodus    19: 3-8. 16-20
The Lord came down on the mountain of Sinai before all the people

Moses went up to God, and the Lord called to him from the mountain, saying, 'Say this to the House of Jacob, declare this to the sons of Israel, "You yourselves have seen what I did with the Egyptians, how I carried you on eagle's wings and brought you to myself. From this you know that now, if you obey my voice and hold fast to my covenant, you of all the nations shall be my very own, for all the earth is mine. I will count you a kingdom of priests, a consecrated nation." Those are the words you are to speak to the sons of lsrael.' So Moses went and summoned the elders of the people, putting before them all that the Lord had bidden him. Then all the people answered as one, 'All that the Lord has said, we will do.'

Now at daybreak on the third day there were peals of thunder on the mountain and lightning flashes, a dense cloud, and a loud trumpet blast, and inside the camp all the people trembled. Then Moses led the people out of the camp to meet God; and they stood at the bottom of the mountain. The mountain of Sinai was entirely wrapped in smoke, because the Lord had descended on it in the form of fire. Like smoke from a furnace the smoke went up, and the whole mountain shook violently. Louder and louder grew the sound of the trumpet. Moses spoke, and God answered him with peals of thunder. The Lord came down on the mountain of Sinai, on the mountain top, and the Lord called Moses to the top of the mountain.

The Word of the Lord

Or  A reading from the Book of Ezekiel      37:1-14
Dry bones, I am now going to make the breath enter you, and you will live.

The hand of the Lord was laid on me, and he carried me away by the spirit of the Lord and set me down in the middle of a valley, a valley full of bones. He made me walk up and down among them. There were vast quantities of these bones on the ground the whole length of the valley; and they were quite dried up.He said to me, 'Son of man, can these bones live?' I said, 'You know, Lord.' He said, 'Prophesy over these bones. Say, "Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord. The Lord says this to these bones: I am now going to make the breath enter you, and you will live. I shall put sinews on you, I shall make flesh grow on you, I shall cover you with skin and give you breath, and you will live; and you will learn that I am the Lord."'

I prophesied as I had been ordered. While I was prophesying, there was a noise, a sound of clattering; and the bones joined together.I looked, and saw that they were covered with sinews; flesh was growing on them and skin was covering them, but there was no breath in them. He said to me, 'Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man. Say to the breath, "The Lord says this: Come from the four winds, breath; breathe on these dead; let them live!"' I prophesied as he had ordered me, and the breath entered them; they came to life again and stood up on their feet, a great, an immense army. Then he said, 'Son of man, these bones are the whole House of Israel. They keep saying, "Our bones are dried up, our hope has gone; we are as good as dead." So prophesy. Say to them, "The Lord says this: I am now going to open your graves; I mean to raise you from your graves, my people, and lead you back to the soil of Israel.  And you will know that I am the Lord when I open your graves and raise you from your graves, my people. And I shall put my spirit in you, and you will live, and I shall resettle you on your own soil; and you will know that I, Yahweh, have said and done this - it is the Lord who speaks."'

The Word of the Lord

Or  A reading from the Book of Joel     3:1-5
I will pour out my spirit on all mankind.

Thus says the Lord:
'I will pour out my spirit on all mankind.
Your sons and daughters shall prophesy,
your old men shall dream dreams,
and your young men see visions.
Even on the slaves, men and women,
will I pour out my spirit in those days.
I will display portents in heaven and on earth.
blood. and fire and columns of smoke.'

The sun will be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood,
before the day of the Lord dawns, that great and terrible day.
All who calI on the name of the Lord will be saved,
for on Mount Zion there will be some who have escaped, as the Lord has said,
and in Jerusalem some survivors whom the Lord will call.

The Word of the Lord

Responsorial Psalm        Ps 103
Response                             Send forth your Spirit, O Lord, and renew the face of the earth.
or                                             Alleluia!

1. Bless the Lord, my soul!
Lord God, how great you are,
clothed in majesty and glory,
wrapped in light as in a robe!                   Response                   

2. How many are your works, O Lord!
In wisdom you have made them all.
The earth is full of your riches.
Bless the Lord, my soul.                            Response                   

3. All of these look to you
to give them their food in due season.
You give it, they gather it up:
you open your hand, they have their fill Response

4. You take back your spirit, they die,
returning to the dust from which they came.
You send forth your spirit, they are created;
and you renew the face of the earth.         Response    


A reading from the letter of St Paul to the Romans         8:22-27
The Spirit himself expresses our plea in a way that could never be put into words.

From the beginning till now the entire creation, as we know, has been groaning in one great act of giving birth; and not only creation, but all of us who possess the first-fruits of the Spirit, we too groan inwardly as we wait for our bodies to be set free. For we must be content to hope that we shall be saved - our salvation is not in sight, we should not have to be hoping for it if it were - but, as I say, we must hope to be saved since we are not saved yet - it is something we must wait for with patience.

The Spirit too comes to help us in our weakness. For when we cannot choose words in order to pray properly, the Spirit himself expresses our plea in a way that could never be put into words, and God who knows everything in our hearts knows perfectly well what he means, and that the pleas of the saints expressed by the Spirit are according to the mind of God.

The Word of the Lord

Gospel Acclamation
Alleluia, alleluia!
Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful
and kindle in them the fire of your love.


A reading from the holy Gospel according to John        7:37-39
From his breast shall flow fountains of living water.

On the last day and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood there and cried out:
'If any man is thirsty, let him come to me!
Let the man come and drink who believes in me!'
As scripture says: From his breast shall flow fountains of living water. He was speaking of the Spirit which those who believed in him were to receive; for there was no Spirit as yet because Jesus had not yet been glorified.

 Pentecost Sunday


A reading from the Acts of the Apostles         2:1-11
They were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak.

When Pentecost day came round, they had all met in one room, when suddenly they heard what sounded like a powerful wind from heaven, the noise of which filled the entire house in which they were sitting; and something appeared to them that seemed like tongues of fire; these separated and came to rest on the head of each of them. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak foreign languages as the Spirit gave them the gift of speech.

Now there were devout men living in Jerusalem from every nation under heaven, and at this sound they all assembled, each one bewildered to hear these men speaking his own language. They were amazed and astonished. 'Surely' they said 'all these men speaking are Galileans? How does it happen that each of us hears them in his own native language? Parthians, Medes and Elamites; people from Mesopotamia, Judaea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya round Cyrene; as well as visitors from Rome- Jews and proselytes alike-Cretans and Arabs; we hear them preaching in our own language about the marvels of God.'

Responsorial  Psalm        Ps 103
Response                               Send forth your Spirit, O Lord, and renew the face of the earth.
Or                                              Alleluia.
1. Bless the Lord, my soul!
Lord God, how great you are,
How many are your works, 0 Lord!
The earth is full of your riches.         Response

2. You take back your spirit, they die,
returning to the dust from which they came.
You send forth your spirit, they are created;
and you renew the face of the earth.Response

3. May the glory of the Lord last for ever!
May the Lord rejoice in his works!
May my thoughts be pleasing to him.
I find my joy in the Lord.                    Response

A reading from the first letter of St Paul to the Romans         8:8-17
Everyone moved by the Spirit is a son of God .

People who are interested only in unspiritual things can never be pleasing to God. Your interests, however, are not in the unspiritual, but in the spiritual, since the Spirit of God has made his home in you. In fact, unless you possessed the Spirit of Christ you would not belong to him. Though your body may be dead it is because of sin, but if Christ is in you then your spirit is life itself because you have been justified; and if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, then he who raised Jesus from the dead will give life to your own mortal bodies through his Spirit living in you.

So then, my brothers, there is no necessity for us to obey our unspiritual selves or to live unspiritual lives. If you do live in that way, you are doomed to die; but if by the Spirit you put an end to the misdeeds of the body you will live.

Everyone moved by the Spirit is a son of God. The spirit you received is not the spirit of slaves bringing fear into your lives again; it is the spirit of sons, and it makes us cry out, 'Abba, Father!' The Spirit himself and our spirit bear united witness that we are children of God. And if we are children we are heirs as well: heirs of God and coheirs with Christ, sharing his sufferings so as to share his glory.


Holy Spirit, Lord of light,
From the clear celestial height
Thy pure beaming radiance give.

Come, thou Father of the poor,
Come with treasures which endure;
Come, thou light of all that live!

Thou, of all consolers best,
Thou, the soul's delightful guest,
Dost refreshing peace bestow;

Thou in toil art comfort sweet;
Pleasant coolness in the heat;
Solace in the midst of woe.

Light immortal, light divine,
Visit thou these hearts of thine,
And our inmost being fill:

If thou take thy grace away,
Nothing pure in man will stay;
All his good is turned to ill.

Heal our wounds, our strength renew;
On our dryness pour thy dew;
Wash the stains of guilt away:

Bend the stubborn heart and will;
Melt the frozen, warm the chill;
Guide the steps that go astray.

Thou, on us who evermore
Thee confess and thee adore,
With thy sevenfold gifts descend:

Give us comfort when we die;
Give us life with thee on high;
Give us joys that never end.

Gospel Acclamation
Alleluia, alleluia!
Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful
and kindle in them the fire of your love


A reading from the holy Gospel according to John     14:15-16, 23-26
The Holy Spirit will teach you everything.

Jesus said to his disciples
'If you love me you will keep my commandments.
I shall ask the Father,
and he will give you another Advocate
to be with you for ever,

'If anyone loves me he will keep my word,
and my Father will love him,
and we shall come to him and make our home with him.
Those who do not love me do not keep my words.
And my word is not my own:
it is the word of the one who sent me.

'I have said these things to you
while still with you;
but the Advocate, the Holy Spirit,
whom the Father will send in my name,
will teach you everything
and remind you of all I have said to you.'

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, 31st May, 2020
Domhnach Cincisa



Sliocht as  Leabhar  Gníomhartha na nAspal        2:1-11
Líonadh iad go léir den Spiorad Naomh agus thosaigh siad ag labhairt.

Nuair a tháinig Lá Cincíse bhí siad go léir le chéile ar aon láthair. Agus de phreib tháinig glor ón spéir mar a bheadh séideán gaoithe móire agus líon sé an teach ar fadina raibh siad ina suí. Agus chonacthas dóibh mar bheadh teangacha tine ag scaradh ó chéile nó gur shuigh an tine ar gach duine acu; agus líonadh iad go léir den Spiorad Naomh agus thosaigh siad ag labhairt i dteangacha difriúla de réir mar thug an Spiorad urlabhra dóibh.

Bhí Giúdaigh dhiaganta ó gach cine faoin spéir ag cur fúthu in Iarúsailéim agus nuair a chualathas an glor úd chruinnigh an slua agus iad ar mearbhall de bhrí gur chuala gach duine a theanga féin á labhairt acu san. Bhí ionadh agus alltacht orthu: “Féach,” ar siad, “nach Gailíligh iad seo go léir atá ag caint? Conas a tharlaíonn go gcloiseann gach duine againne iad ag labhairt inár dteanga dhúchais féin? Táimid Pairtigh ann agus Méidigh agus Eilimítigh, áitritheoirí na Measpatáime agus Iúdáia agus Chapadóise, agus Phontais agus na hÁise, Frigia agus Paimfíle, áitritheoirí na hÉigipte agus chríocha na Libia thart faoi Chuiréiné, cuairteoirí ón Róimh idir Ghiúdaigh agus iompaithigh, Créitigh agus Arabaigh, agus cloisimid iad seo ag cur síos in ár dteangacha féin ar éachtaí Dé.”

Briathar Dé.

Salm le Freagra        Sm 103:1, 24, 29-31, 34
Freagra                       Cuir amach uait do Spiorad, a Thiarna,
agus dean agaidh na talún a athnuachan.
Malairt Freagra       Alleluia!
1. Tabhair moladh don Tiarna, a anam liom!
A Thiarna Dia, is rómhor thú go dearfa.
tá t'u éadaithe i maorgacht agus maise,
tá tú gléasta le solas mar le fallaing                Freagra

2. Nach lionmhar iad d'oibreacha, a Thiarna!
Rinne tú gach aon ní le heagna
Tá an chruinne lán da bhfuil déanta agat.
Tabhair moladh don Tiarna, a anam liom!    Freagra

3. Bíonn siad siúd go léir ag brath ort
chun iad a bheathú in am is a dtráth.
Cruinníon siad le chéile a dtugann tú dóibh:
leathann tú do lámh agus liontar iad.             Freagra

4. Má bhaineann tú an anáil díobh, éagann siad
agus casann siad ar an luaithreach arís.
Nuair a chuireann tú do spiorad uait, cruthaítear iad,
agus athnuann tú aghaidh na talún.             Freagra

Sliocht as céad Litir Naomh Pól chuig na Rómhánaigh         8:8-17
Mar an mhuintir a mbíonn Spiorad Dé á dtreorú is clann ag Dia iad.

Na daoine, atá faoi réir na colainne ní féidir dóibh Dia a shásamh.  Ní faoi réir na colainne atá sibhse, áfach, ach faoi réir an Spioraid más rud é go bhfuil Spiorad Dé lonnaithe ionaibh. Má tá duine gan Spiorad Chríost aige ní le Críost é.  Ach má tá Críost ionaibh, más marbh féin bhur gcorp de bharr an pheaca, is beo bhur spiorad de bharr na fíréantachta.  Go deimhin má bhíonn Spiorad an té a thóg Críost ó mhairbh lonnaithe ionaibh, déanfaidh an té sin a thóg Críost ó mhairbh bhur gcorp básmhar a bheoú trína Spiorad atá lonnaithe ionaibh.

Ar an ábhar sin, a bhráithre, níl aon cheangal ag an gcolainn orainn go mairfimis dá réir.  Más faoi réir na colainne a mhaireann sibh tá an bás i ndán daoibh; ach má bhásaíonn sibh gníomhartha na colainne le cúnamh an Spioraid, mairfidh sibh beo.

Mar an mhuintir a mbíonn Spiorad Dé á dtreorú is clann ag Dia iad.  Óir, an spiorad a fuair sibh ní spiorad na daoirse é chun eagla a chur oraibh athuair ach spiorad na clainne trína nglaoimid “Abba! Athair.”  Dearbhaíonn an Spiorad féin dár spioradna gur clann Dé sinn;  agus, más clann sinn, is oidhrí sinn chomh maith, oidhrí Dé agus comhoidhrí le Críost, ós rud é go bhfuilimid páirteach leis ina pháis, le hionchas a bheith páirteach leis ina ghlóir chomh maith.

Briathar Dé.


Tar-sa chugainn, a Naomh Spioraid,
fear anuas ó na flaitheasa
léas do sholais mharthanaigh.

Tar, a Dhíon na n-easpaitheach,
tar, a Bhronntóir tabhartas,
tar, a Sholais croítheacha.

Só1ásai ró-charthanach,
aoi sámh cneasta an anama,
fionnuaire ‘alainn thaitneamhach.

Sos i measc ár ndeacrachtaí,
fuarthán sóúil i ngreadaithe,
só1ás i ngol is i gcathuithe.

A lasair aoibhinn bheannaithe,
líon is soillsigh croítheacha
na bhfírean mbocht n-anbhann.

Gan do ehumhaeht is d'fhearta-sa
níl ní ar bith in ár bpearsana,
ní ar bith níl gan pheaea ionainn.

Nigh a bhfuil salach ionainn,
an méid is tur dínn, cneasaighse,
tabhair leigheas dúinn in ár geeasnaitheacht

Cuir i mboige ár gerapaitheacht,
a bhfuil fuar dínn, cneasaighse,
a bhfuil earn dínn, ceartaighse.

Do d'fhíréana tabhairsé,
is go bhfuil a seasamh ort,
seoid do sheaeht naomhthabhartas.

Tabhair luach saothair maitheasa,
tabhair bás faoi mhaise dóibh,
tabhai r aoibh neas parthais.
Amen. Alleluia!

Alleluia Vearsa
Alleluia, alleluia!
Tar chugainn, a Naomh Spioraid, lion croíthe na gCríostaithe,
agus adhain iontu lasair do ghrá.


Sliocht as Soiscéal naofa de réir Naomh Eoin      14:15-16, 23-26
Cuirfidh an Spiorad Naomh i gcuimhne daoibh, ar inis mise daoibh.

San am sin dúirt Íosa lena dheisceabail

Má tá grá agaibh dom, coinneoidh sibh m’aitheanta.
Agus iarrfaidh mé ar m’Athair é,
agus tabharfaidh sé Abhcóide eile daoibh
chun fanacht faraibh go deo

“Má bhíonn grá ag duine dom,” ar sé leis, “coinneoidh sé mo bhriathar,
agus beidh grá ag m’Athair dó,
agus tiocfaimid chuige, agus déanfaimid cónaí mar aon leis.
An té nach mbíonn grá aige dom, ní choinníonn sé mo bhriathra.
Ach an briathar a chluineann sibh, ní liom féin é,
ach leis an Athair a chuir uaidh mé.
Tá an méid sin inste agam daoibh, fad a bhí mé ag fanacht agaibh,
ach an tAbhcóide, an Spiorad Naomh, a chuirfidh an tAthair uaidh i m’ainmse,
múinfidh seisean an uile ní daoibh,
agus cuirfidh sé i gcuimhne daoibh, ar inis mise daoibh.

Soiscéal Dé

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