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Worldpriest Annual Global Rosary Relay

Date: Friday 28th June 2019
Location: Worldwide

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The Courage to Ask.

A writer reveals that many years ago, when she was working with a therapist, she offhandedly mentioned a choice her maternal grandmother had made decades before. The therapist stopped her and asked why she had made that particular choice, but the writer said she did not know and, anyway, what did it matter?

“You have to ask. It matters,” she said. “You have to ask your mother.” Which, the writer did not want to do, but she did anyway. As it turned out, the answer to the mystery provided wisdom and clarity in her own life and later, even in that of her daughter.

There are a number of ways to seek wisdom – we listen, we seek, we observe, and sometimes, we have to find courage and just ask.

Let us pray: God of Wisdom, I set aside my fear and open myself to you because you are Truth.

Compiled by Deirdre Powell

Source: Living Faith, Daily Catholic Devotions (adapted).

Aug 22 - The Queenship of Mary

Queen MaryOne could ask if the title of Queen is not a bit out of line with the contemporary preference for democracy and one could ask the same question about the title Christ the King. Mary's Queenship is probably best seen as a consequence of her Assumption. The feast occurs a week after 15th August. Patrick Duffy explains some of its  perspectives.

Link with Assumption
The link between Mary's Assumption and the feast of her Queenship is recognised in article 59 of the Vatican II Constitution on the Church Lumen Gentium: "The Immaculate Virgin... was taken up body and soul into heavenly glory when her earthly life was over, and exalted by the Lord as Queen over all things, that she might be the more fully conformed to her Son, the Lord of lords (cf Rev 19:16) and conqueror of sin and death".

Formerly on 31st May
The institution of this feast was requested at Marian Congresses in Lyons (1900), Fribourg (1902), Einsiedeln (1906); it was again requested after the institution of the feast of Christ the King in 1925. In the centenary year of the proclamation of the Immaculate Conception (1954), Pope Pius XII instituted the feast with his encyclical Ad coeli reginam. At that time it was celebrated on the last day of May. Since 1969 it takes place a week after the Assumption.

queen mary 2"You will reign with Christ forever"
The antiphon of the Magnificat at Evening Prayer links Mary's queenship with her acceptance of he motherhood of Christ: "Blessed are you, O Virgin Mary, because you believed in all the things which were told you by the Lord: you will reign for ever with Christ".

Many beautiful hymns
There are many well-known and beautiful hymns saluting Mary as queen: Ave Regina caelorum, Salve Regina and Regina Caeli.

Fifth Glorious Mystery of the Rosary
We also celebrate the Queenship of Our Lady in the Fifth Glorious Mystery of the Rosary.
Liturgical Readings for: Thursday, 22nd August, 2019

A reading from the book of the Prophet Isaiah      9:1-6
A son is given to us.

The people that walked in darkness
has seen a great light;
on those who live in a land of deep shadow
a light has shone.
You have made their gladness greater,
you have made their joy increase;
they rejoice in your presence
as men rejoice at harvest time,
as men are happy when they are dividing the spoils.

For the yoke that was weighing on him,coronation
the bar across his shoulders,
the rod of his oppressor,
these you break as on the day of Midian.

For all the footgear of battle,
every cloak rolled in blood,
is burnt
and consumed by fire.
For there is a child born for us,
a son given to us
and dominion is laid on his shoulders;
and this is the name they give him:
Wonder-Counsellor, Mighty-God,
Eternal-Father, Prince-of-Peace.
Wide is his dominion
in a peace that has no end,
for the throne of David
and for his royal power,
which he establishes and makes secure
in justice and integrity.
From this time onwards and for ever,
the jealous love of the Lord of hosts will do this.

The Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm       Ps 112
Reponse                               May the name of the Lord be blessed for evermore!
or                                            Alleluia!

1. Praise, O servants of the Lord,
praise the name of the Lord!
May the name of the Lord be blessed
both now and for evermore!                   Response

2. From the rising of the sun to its setting
praised be the name of the Lord!
High above all nations is the Lord,
above the heavens his glory.                   Response

3. Who is like the Lord, our God,
who has risen on high to his throne
yet stooped from the heights to look down,
to look down upon heaven and earth? Response

4. From the dust he lifts up the lowly,
from the dungheap he raises the poor
to set him in the company of princes,
yes, with the princes of his people.       Response

Gospel Acclamation
Alleluia, alleluia!
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee!
Blessed art thou amongst women.


A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke             1:26-38
You are to conceive and bear a son.

Mary Icon theotikus.j1pgI
n the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the House of David; and the virgin's name was Mary. He went in and said to her, 'Rejoice, so highly favoured! The Lord is with you.' She was deeply disturbed by these words and asked herself what this greeting could mean, but the angel said to her, 'Mary, do not be afraid; you have won God's favour. Listen! You are to conceive and bear a son, and you must name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David; he will rule over the House of Jacob for ever and his reign will have no end.' Mary said to the angel, 'But how can this come about, since I am a virgin?' 'The Holy Spirit will come upon you' the angel answered 'and the power of the Most High will cover you with its shadow. And so the child will be holy and will be called Son of God. Know this too: your kinswoman Elizabeth has, in her old age, herself conceived a son, and she whom people called barren is now in her sixth month, for nothing is impossible to God,' 'I am the handmaid of the Lord,' said Mary.' 'let what you have said be done to me.' And the angel left her.

The Gospel of the Lord.    


Gospel Reflection           Aug 22            Queenship of Mary        Luke 1:26-28

This memorial of Mary is relatively recent in the history of the Church. Pope Pius XII prescribed this feast for the universal Church at the close of the Marian Year in 1954. It is placed on this date, 22 August, exactly a week after the feast of the Assumption, to stress the connection of Mary’s queenship with the Assumption. Even though the official declaration of the Queenship of Mary as a memorial is relatively recent, the appreciation of Mary as queen of heaven has a very long tradition in the Church. I am reminded of some of the wonderful and very ancient mosaics in the apse of some churches in Rome depicting Jesus as king and Mary as queen seated beside each other. The beautiful mosaic in the apse of the Basilica of Saint Mary Major in Rome comes to mind. Depicting Mary as queen, alongside her son as king, was a way of showing honour to Mary for the person she had been in her earthly life. The gospel reading today depicts her as saying ‘yes’ to God’s desire for her to be the mother of his Son. Out of all women, she was chosen to give birth to a son who would also be the Son of God, who, in the words of today’s first reading would be a ‘great light’ in the darkness, a Wonder Counsellor, a Mighty God, a Prince of Peace. The Church came to appreciate from its earliest days just how significant Mary’s ‘yes’ to God’s purpose for her life was for all of humanity. It was because Mary surrendered to God’s purpose for her life that God’s purpose for all our lives could come to pass. It was Mary’s faithful response to God’s word spoken by Gabriel that made it possible for us all to become people of faith. Her ‘yes’ created the opening for God’s Son to be given to us all and for us to respond in faith to this wonderful gift. Mary was pivotal in God’s saving purpose, so the Church believed from earliest times that she must have a special place in heaven, alongside her Son. Today, we honour Mary as Queen of heaven. We are also reminded that our own ‘yes’ to the Lord’s call, just like Mary’s, can have important consequences for good in the lives of others. Even if in a lesser way than was the case with Mary, the faith of each one of us is instrumental in helping others come to faith and in nurturing the faith of others.


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: Thursday, 22nd August, 2019

Sliocht as Leabhar Íseáia, Fáidh     9:1-6
Óir rugadh leanbh dúinn, tugadh mac dúinn.

An pobal a bhí ag siúl sa dorchadas,
chonaic siad solas mór;
agus ar mhuintir na tíre gruama
tá solas ag lonrú.
Chuir tú go mór lena n-áthas,
mheadaigh tú ar a lúcháir;
tá siad ag déanamh gairdis os do chomhair,
mar a dhéanann in aimsir an fhómhair,
amhail an gairdeas lena roinntear an chreach.

Óir an chuing a bhí anuas orthu,
an choirb ar a nguaillí,coronation
agus slat an aintiarna,
déanann tú smionagar díobh mar a rinne tú lá briste Mhidián.

Óir gach coisbheart catha,
agus gach fallaing a tumadh san fhuil,
tá siad loiscthe,
tá siad dóite le tine.
Óir rugadh leanbh dúinn,
tugadh mac dúinn;
tá an tiarnas ar a ghualainn,
agus is é ainm atá air:
“Comhairleoir iontach”, “Dia láidir”,
“Athair síoraí”, “Prionsa na síochána”.
Níl teorainn lena thiarnas
ná críoch lena shíocháin
ar chathaoir ríoga Dháiví
agus ar a ríogacht,
ag cur bun agus taca leo,
sa cheart agus san fhíréantacht feasta go brách.
Díograis dhílis an Tiarna a chuirfidh sin i gcrích.

Briathar Dé.  

Psalm le Freagra         Sm 112
Freagra                            Moladh le hainm an Tiarna choíche!

1. Tugaigí moladh, a lucht freastail an Tiarna;
molaigí ainm an Tiarna!
Moladh le hainm an Tiarna
i láthair na huaire agus choíche!                 Freagra

2. Ó éirí go luí na gréine,
go raibh ainm an Tiarna á mholadh!
Tá an Tiarna os cionn na gciníocha uile,
agus a ghradam os cionn na bhflaitheas.  Freagra

3. Cé is cosúil leis an Tiarna, ár nDia;
atá ina shuí ar a ríchathaoir in airde?
Cromann sé ó na harda anuas
chun féachaint ar neamh agus ar talamh. Freagra

4. Tógann sé an t-íseal aníos as an deannach;
ardaíonn sé den charn aoiligh an duine dealbh,
á chur ina shuí i bhfochair a phrionsaí,
ar aon chéim le prionsaí a phobail             Freagra


Sliocht as an Soiscéal naofa de réir Naomh Lucáis      1:26-38
Gabhfaidh tú gin agus béarfaidh tú mac.

Mary Icon theotikus.j1pgSa séú mí, cuireadh an t-aingeal Gaibriéil ó Dhia go dtí cathair sa Ghailíl darbh ainm Nazarat chun maighdine a bhí luaite le fear de theaghlach Dháiví darbh ainm Iósaef, agus b’é ab ainm don mhaighdean, Muire. Agus ar a theacht isteach chuici dúirt: “Sé do bheatha, atá lán de ghrásta, tá an Tiarna leat; is beannaithe tú idir mná.” Ach bhí buaireamh uirthi de chionn na cainte, agus bhí sí ag machnamh cén sort beannachadh é seo. Ach dúirt an t-aingeal léi: “Ná bíodh eagla ort, a Mhuire, óir fuair tú gean ó Dhia. Agus féach, gabhfaidh tú gin agus béarfaidh tú mac agus tabharfaidh tú Íosa mar ainm air. Beidh sé mór, agus glaofar Mac an Té is airde air, agus tabharfaidh an Tiarna Dia dó ríchathaoir Dháiví a athair, agus beidh sé ina Rí ar theaghlach Iacóib go brách, agus ní bheidh deireadh lena ríocht.” Dúirt Muire leis an aingeal: “Conas a bheidh seo amhlaidh, agus gan cuid agam d’fhear chéile?” Agus dúirt an t-aingeal á freagairt: “Tuirlingeoidh an Spiorad Naomh ort, agus beidh cumhacht an té is airde ina scáil anuas ort, agus sin é an fáth a mbeidh an leanbh naofa; glaofar Mac Dé air. Agus féach, Eiliosaibeit do bhean ghaoil, ghabh sise mac freisin ina seanaois, agus is é seo an séú mí aici siúd a dúradh a bheith aimrid. Óir níl ní ar bith dodhéanta ag Dia.” Dúirt Muire: “Féach, mise banóglach an Tiarna; déantar liom de réir d’fhocail.” Agus d’imigh an t-aingeal uaithi.

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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