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Apr 1 - St Ceallach (Celsus) 1080-1129

Summary: St Ceallach was born in 1080, became Abbot of Armagh and priest in 1105 and presided at the Synod of Rathbreaail in 1111. In 1129 he died and is buried n Lismore by his own request.

ceallachCeallach, also called Celsus (11-12th century), was responsible for the change from lay control of the Church in Armagh to a clerical-episcopal model. Himself a hereditary lay administrator (coarb), he decided to seek priestly ordination and be celibate so that the reform introduced by Pope St Gregory VIII on the continent could take effect also in Ireland.

Patrick Duffy tells St Ceallach's story.

A Hereditary Lay Abbacy controlling the Church in Armagh

Ceallach (Celsus) was born in 1080. He belonged to a powerful local family, the Clann Sínaigh, which controlled what was then the hereditary lay abbacy of Armagh. In this system the lay coarb (that is, "successor" of some saint, in this case of St Patrick), was also erenagh (or, administrator), in this case of Armagh. That was the ecclesiastical structure in Ireland at that time. Bishops and priests seem to have had little influence and were probably under the control of these lay abbots. In 1091 Ceallach inherited the title of coarb and was then the effective erenagh of Armagh.

Lay Control in Europe Being Overturned
Lay control of bishoprics had also been operative in Europe, but with the reform of Pope Gregory VII (1073-85) it was gradually replaced by a diocesan structure with bishops. This reform spread to England, especially when strong Norman archbishops like Lanfranc and St Anselm came to the see of Canterbury. In response to requests from the Norse community in Dublin, Lanfranc had consecrated Donngus and Anselm had consecrated Samuel Ó h-Ainglí as bishops for Dublin and Anselm had consecrated Malchus as the first bishop of Waterford in 1096.

Reform Beginning in Munster
oth Lanfranc and Anselm had written to the O'Brien kings of Munster, Turlough and Muircheartach, urging a change to the lay dominance of the coarb and erenagh system. The First Synod of Cashel (1101) presided over by King Muircheartach Ó Briain introduced this reform to Ireland. From the clergy side the reform was led by Maol Muire Ó Dunáin, bishop of Meath, who probably visited Rome and was appointed papal legate to Ireland by Pope Paschal II (1099-1117). This synod enacted decrees against lay investiture and against simony: it also laid down that no layman could be an erenagh and that no erenagh could have a wife.

Ceallach's Decision
In line with this reform Ceallach of Armagh, a man of learning and piety, not yet married, made the courageous decision to become a priest. In 1106 Maol Muire Ó Dunáin ordained him bishop, probably somewhere in Munster. At the Synod of Rathbreasail (probably in the parish of Drom & Inch - north Tipperary) in 1111, at which Ceallach was present, the reforms of Cashel were made nationwide and the whole country was divided into formal dioceses with Cashel and Armagh as the two archbishoprics.

inside Armagh CathedralArchbishop of Armagh
In the face of stern opposition, probably most of all from within his own family, Ceallach administered Armagh, whose diocesan boundaries were laid down at this time. As a metropolitan province, Armagh was given twelve suffragan dioceses. Dublin at this stage had a strong Norse population and was more linked with Canterbury. But in 1121, after Bishop Samuel Ó h-Ainglí died, Ceallach went to Dublin as the new bishop Gréne, or Gregory, was being installed.

St Malachy

Ceallach Appoints Malachy as vicar.
In his absence Ceallach appointed the young monk Malachy, who later succeeded him, to act as his vicar in Armagh. Possibly his lengthy absence in Dublin was connected to a dispute there between the Norse and Irish  factions or to his desire to assert Irish influence in that city.

Ceallach, when he returned to Armagh in 1122, saw that Malachy had sterling qualities suitable in a bishop. He sent him first to Lismore where he could have contact with Benedictine influences from England and the continent. Ceallach continued to administer Armagh. When Malachy returned, Ceallach gave him the task of restoring Bangor as a monastic community and in 1124 he consecrated him as bishop of Connor.

His Death and Influence
nowing that his own family would try to regain control of Armagh when he died, Ceallach named Malachy as his successor as bishop there, sending him his crozier (bacall) in token. In 1129 while visiting Munster, Ceallach died at Ardpatrick and was buried in Lismore at his own request. Malachy did indeed have difficulties establishing control as bishop. But he was able to have Giolla Mac Liag, abbot of Derry, installed and accepted as effective bishop and administrator of Armagh, while he himself returned to the monastery of Bangor. Malachy then consecrated a bishop for Connor diocese, keeping Down for himself.

Ceallach Effected a Crucial Change
Ceallach's personal decision to become a priest and a bishop effected a crucial change in the organisation and reform of the Church in Ireland in the 12th century. He deserves to be better known and acknowledged.
Liturgical Readings for: Saturday, 1st April, 2023

Saturday of  the Fifth Week in Lent

General Themes: When God called Abraham, a wandering Aramean shepherd, to gather together himself and his family and leave Ur of the Chaldeans and follow God's calling, he did. Thus giving rise to God's people, eventually to us too.

Today: Memorial may be made to St Ceallach, (Celsus), Irish bishop


A reading from the prophet Ezekiel            37:21-28
Theme: I will make them into one nation.

The Lord says this:
'I am going to take the sons of Israel from the nations where they have gone. I shall gather them together from everywhere and bring them home to their own soil. I shall make them into one nation in my own land and on the mountains of Israel, and one king is to be king of them all; they will no longer form two nations, nor be two separate kingdoms. They will no longer defile themselves with their idols and their filthy practices and all their sins. I shall rescue them from all the betrayals they have been guilty of; I shall cleanse them; they shall be my people and I will be their God.

My servant David will reign over them, one shepherd for all; they will follow my observances, respect my laws and practise them.
They will live in the land that I gave my servant Jacob, the land in which your ancestors lived.
They will live in it, they, their children, their children's children, for ever. David my servant is to be their prince for ever.

I shall make a covenant of peace with them, an eternal covenant with them.
I shall resettle them and increase them; I shall settle my sanctuary among them for ever.
I shall make my home above them; I will be their God, they shall be my people.
And the nations will learn that I am the Lord the sanctifier of Israel, when my sanctuary is with them for ever.'

The Word of the Lord.            Thanks be to God

Responsorial Psalm          Jer 31
Response                               The Lord will guard us as a shepherd guards his flock.

1. O nations, hear the word of the Lord,
proclaim it to the far-off coasts.
Say: 'He who scattered Israel will gather him and guard him
as a shepherd guards his flock.'                          Response           

2. For the Lord has ransomed Jacob,
has saved him from an overpowering hand.
They will come and shout for joy on Mount Zion,
they will stream to the blessings of the Lord.  Response           

3. Then the young girls will rejoice and will dance,
the men, young and old, will be glad.
I will turn their mourning into joy.
I will console them, give gladness for grief.     Response         

Gospel  Acclamation            Jn 3: 16
Praise to you, O Christ, King of eternal glory!
God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son; everyone who believes in him has eternal life.
Praise to you, O Christ, King of eternal glory!

or                                                  Ez 18: 31
Praise to you, O Christ, King of eternal glory!
Shake off all your sins - it is the Lord speaks- and make yourselves a new heart and a new spirit.
Praise to you, O Christ, King of eternal glory!


The Lord be with you.                             And with your spirit
A reading from the holy Gospel according to John       11:45-56          Glory to you, O Lord
Theme: To gather together in unity the scattered children of God.

Many of the Jews who had come to visit Mary and had seen what Jesus did believed in him, but some of them went to tell the Pharisees what Jesus had done. Then the chief priests and Pharisees called a meeting.
'Here is this man working all these signs' they said 'and what action are we taking? If we let him go on in this way everybody will believe in him, and the Romans will come and destroy the Holy Place and our nation.'
One of them, Caiaphas, the high priest that year, said,
'You don't seem to have grasped the situation at all; you fail to see that it is better for one man to die for the people, than for the whole nation to be destroyed'.

He did not speak in his own person, it was as high priest that he made this prophecy that Jesus was to die for the nation - and not for the nation only, but to gather together in unity the scattered children of God. From that day they were determined to kill him. So Jesus no longer went about openly among the Jews, but left the district for a town called Ephraim, in the country bordering on the desert, and stayed there with his disciples.

The Jewish Passover drew near, and many of the country people who had gone up to Jerusalem to purify themselves looked out for Jesus, saying to one another as they stood about in the Temple,
'What do you think? Will he come to the festival or not?'

The Gospel of the Lord.          Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

Gospel Reflection         Sat. 1st April       Fifth Week of Lent       John 11:45-56

There is a focus on unifying people in both of today’s readings.

In the first reading, God speaking through the prophet Ezekiel expresses his intention to gather the people of Israel together who were then scattered among the nations. They will form one nation on their own soil with one king over them all.

The gospel reading declares that Jesus died to gather together in unity the scattered children of God, and that includes both Jews and non-Jews. In the following chapter of John’s gospel Jesus will declare that when he is lifted up he will draw all people to himself. The risen Lord is always in the business of bringing people together in unity around himself and under God. Any effort that people make on the international stage or at the local level to bring people together in mutual respect and understanding is a sharing in the work of the risen Lord.

In that regard, Pope Francis has been a wonderful inspiration. He visited Iraq and one of the highpoints of that visit was his meeting with the leader of Shia Muslims in Iraq. It is one example of this Pope’s efforts to build bridges with people of other faiths. The Lord is constantly at work trying to gather together in unity the scattered children of God. Any effort we make to cross over to the other side, to meet with those who are different from us and to try and understand them, is a sharing in this work of the Lord. We live in a world where there are many polarizing forces that work to divide people. Our efforts to share in the Lord’s work of gathering people together is all the more important in the face of such polarizing forces.


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 is available with our thanks from Reflections on the Weekday Readings 2021-2022: My Words Will Not Pass Away by Martin Hogan and published by Messenger Publications  c/f www.messenger.ie/bookshop/

Liturgical Readings for: Saturday, 1st April, 2023

Sliocht as Leabhar Ezícéal, Fáidh.             37:21-28
Déanfaidh mé aon chine amháin astu.

‘Seo mar a deir an Tiarna Dia:
Féach, glacfaidh mé chugam clann Iosrael ó na ciníocha mar a ndeachaigh siad. Baileoidh mé le chéile iad ó gach taobh agus seolfaidh mé abhaile iad chun a dtíre féin. Déanfaidh mé aon chine amháin astu sa tír ar shléibhte Iosrael, agus aon rí amháin a bheidh ina rí orthu uile. Ní bheidh dhá chine iontu a thuilleadh ná ní bheidh siad deighilte ina dhá ríocht. Ní thruailleoidh siad iad féin a thuilleadh lena n-íola agus a nithe gránna ná le haon chuid dá bpeacaí. Fuasclóidh mé iad ó na bearta fill ina raibh siad ciontach, agus glanfaidh mé iad. Beidh siadsan mar phobal agamsa agus beidh mise mar Dhia acusan. Beidh Dáiví, mo sheirbhíseach, ina rí orthu, agus ní bheidh ach aon tréadaí amháin acu go léir.

Siúlfaidh siad de réir mo reachtanna agus comhlíonfaidh siad mo dheasghnátha go beacht. Cuirfidh siad fúthu mar ar chuir bhur n-aithreacha fúthu, sa tír a thug mé do mo sheirbhíseach, Iacób. Cónóidh siad ansin go brách, iad féin, a gclann agus clann a gclainne. Beidh mo sheirbhíseach, Dáiví, ina rí orthu go brách. Déanfaidh mé conradh síochána leo; conradh síoraí a bheidh ann. [Beannóidh] mé agus cuirfidh mé rath orthu; tógfaidh mé mo shanctóir ina measc go deo. Beidh m’áit chónaithe ina gcuideachta; beidh mé i mo Dhia acusan agus beidh siadsan ina bpobal agamsa. Tuigfidh na ciníocha ansin gur mise, an Tiarna, a naomhaíonn Iosrael nuair a bheidh mo shanctóir ina measc go brách.’”

Briathar an Tiarna            Buíochas le Dia  

Salm le Freagra            Iar 31
Freagra                             Cumhdóidh an Tiarna é mar a dhéanann aoire a thréad.  

1. Éistigí briathar an Tiarna, sibhse a chiníocha!
Insígí é seo do na hoileáin in imigéin:
‘An té a scaip Iosrael, cruinneoidh sé é,
cumhdóidh sé é mar a dhéanann aoire a thréad.’  Freagra

2. Óir d’fhuascail an Tiarna Iacób,
thug slán é as láimh a bhí ní ba láidre ná é.
Tiocfaidh siad agus canfaidh ar mhullach Shíón;
baileoidh siad in éineacht chun maitheasaí an Tiarna:
cruithneacht agus ola agus fíon,
caoirigh agus eallach.                                                   Freagra

3. Is ansin a ghairdeoidh an mhaighdean sa rince,
déanfaidh ógánaigh agus seanóirí [meidhir];
fillfidh mise a ndobrón i ngairdeachas;
tabharfaidh mé sólás agus faoiseamh ar lorg a ndólás.


Go raibh an Tiarna libh.             Agus le do spiorad féin
Sliocht as an Soiscéal naofa de réir Naomh  Eoin   11: 45-56     Glóir duit, a Thiarna.
Chun go gcruinneodh sé le chéile, ina aon, clann Dé a bhí scaipthe.

San am sin a lán do na Giúdaigh tháinig go Máire agus Marta agus a chonaic a ndearna sé, chreid siad ann. Ach d’imigh cuid acu go dtí na Fairisínigh agus d’inis siad dóibh cad a rinne Íosa. Thionóil na hardsagairt agus na Fairisínigh comhairle agus dúirt siad:
“Cad atá á dhéanamh againn? Óir tá a lán míorúiltí á ndéanamh ag an duine seo. Má ligimid leis mar seo creidfidh cách ann agus tiocfaidh na Rómhánaigh agus scriosfaidh siad ár n-áit [naofa] agus ár gcine.”

Ach aon duine amháin acu, Cáiafas, ardsagart na bliana sin, dúirt sé leo:
Ní fios daoibh rud ar bith, ná ní thuigtear daoibh gur fearr aon duine amháin a fháil bháis ar son an phobail, ná an cine go léir a dhul ar ceal.”
Ní uaidh féin a dúirt sé é seo, ach mar gurbh é an t-ardsagart é don bhliain sin, rinne sé tairngreacht go raibh Íosa chun bás a fháil ar son an chine, agus ní ar son an chine amháin é, ach chun go gcruinneodh sé le chéile, ina aon, clann Dé a bhí scaipthe. Ón lá sin amach bhí sé beartaithe acu é a chur chun báis. Uime sin níor ghabh Íosa timpeall go poiblí feasta i measc na nGiúdach, ach d’imigh sé ón áit sin go dúiche i ngar don fhásach, go cathair ar a dtugtar Eafráim, agus d’fhan sé ansiúd fara a dheisceabail.

Bhí Cáisc na nGiúdach in achmaireacht agus chuaigh a lán daoine ón tuath suas go
Iarúsailéim roimh an gCáisc chun iad féin a naomhú. Bhí siad ag lorg Íosa dá bhrí sin agus deiridís le chéile agus iad ina seasamh sa Teampall:
Cad is dóigh libh? An amhlaidh nach dtiocfaidh sé chun na féile?”
Bhí orduithe tugtha ag na hardsagairt agus ag na Fairisínigh, dá mbeadh a fhios ag aon duine cá raibh sé, é a insint chun go ndéanfaidís é a ghabháil.

Soiscéal an Tiarna.              Moladh duit, a Chriost

© An Sagart
Liturgical Readings for: Sunday, 2nd April, 2023

Sixth Sunday, Lent : PALM SUNDAY of the LORD's PASSION

The Procession Gospel:     Matthew 21:1-11

When they were near Jerusalem and had come in sight of Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, '
Go to the village facing you, and you will immediately find a tethered donkey and a colt with her. Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, you are to say, "The Master needs them and will send them back directly".'
This took place to fulfil the prophecy:
'Say to the daughter of Zion: Look, your king comes to you; he is humble, he rides on a donkey and on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden.'

palm sunday 1So the disciples went out and did as Jesus had told them. They brought the donkey and the colt, then they laid their cloaks on their backs and he sat on them. Great crowds of people spread their cloaks on the road, while others were cutting branches from the trees and spreading them in his path. The crowds who went in front of him and those who followed were all shouting:
'Hosanna to the Son of David!
Blessings on him who comes in the name of the Lord!
Hosanna in the highest heavens!'

And when he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was in turmoil. 'Who is this?'
people asked, and the crowds answered, 'This is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth in Galilee'.

The Gospel of the Lord    Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.
                                                                            Today's Mass Readings

A reading from the book of the Prophet Isaiah              50:4-7
Theme: I did not cover my face against insult-I know I shall not be shamed.

The Lord has given me a disciple's tongue. So that I may know how to reply to the wearied he provides me with speech.
Each morning he wakes me to hear, to listen like a disciple.
jESUS ON CROSSThe Lord has opened my ear. For my part, I made no resistance, neither did I turn away.
I offered my back to those who struck me, my cheeks to those who tore at my beard; I did not cover my face against insult and spittle.
The Lord comes to my help, so that I am untouched by the insults.
So, too, I set my face like flint; I know I shall not be shamed.

The Word of the Lord.    Thanks be to God.

ResponsorialPsalm   Ps 21
Response                      My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?

1. All who see me deride me.
   They curl their lips, they toss their heads.
   'He trusted in the Lord, let him save him;
   let him release him if this is his friend.'       Response

2. Many dogs have surrounded me,
    a band of the wicked beset me.
    They tear holes in my hands and my feet.
    I can count everyone of my bones.              Response

3. They divide my clothing among them.
    They cast lots for my robe.
    O Lord, do not leave me alone,
    my strength, make haste to help me!         Response

4. I will tell of your name to my brethren
    and praise you where they are assembled.
    'You who fear the Lord give him praise;
    all sons of Jacob, give him glory.
    Revere him, Israel's sons.'                           Response


A reading from the first letter of St Paul to Philippians                   2:6-11
Theme: He humbled himself, but God raised him high.

His state was divine, yet he did not cling to his equality with GodJ crucified
but emptied himself to assume the condition of a slave,
and became as men are; and being as all men are,
he was humbler yet, even to accepting death, death on a cross.
But God raised him high and gave him the name
which is above all other names so that all beings
in the heavens, on earth and in the underworld,
should bend the knee at the name of Jesus
and that every tongue should acclaim
Jesus Christ as Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

The Word of the Lord          Thanks be to God.

Gospel  Acclamation      Phil 2: 8-9
Praise to you, O Christ, King of eternal glory!
Christ was humbler yet, even to accepting death, death on a cross.
But God raised him high and gave him the name which is above all names.
Praise to you, O Christ, King of eternal glory!

according to Matthew 

One of the Twelve, the man called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said,
'What are you prepared to give me if I hand him over to you?'
They paid him thirty silver pieces, and from that moment he looked for an opportunity to betray him.

Now on the first day of Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Jesus to say,
'Where do you want us to make the preparations for you to eat the passover?'
'Go to so-and-so in the city' he replied 'and say to him, "The Master says: My time is near. It is at your house that I am keeping Passover with my disciples."' The disciples did what Jesus told them and prepared the Passover.

Last SupperWhen evening came he was at table with the twelve disciples. And while they were eating he said
'I tell you solemnly, one of you is about to betray me'
They were greatly distressed and started asking him in turn,
'Not I, Lord, surely?'
He answered, 'Someone who has dipped his hand into the dish with me, will betray me. The Son of Man is going to his fate, as the scriptures say he will, but alas for that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! Better for that man if he had never been born!'
Judas, who was to betray him; asked in his turn, 'Not I, Rabbi, surely?'
'They are your own words' answered Jesus.

Now as they were eating, Jesus took some bread, and when he had said the blessing he broke it and gave it to the disciples. 'Take it and eat;' he said 'this is my body.'
Then he took a cup, and when he had returned thanks he gave it to them.
'Drink all of you from this,' he said 'for this is my blood, the blood of the covenant, which is to be poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. From now on, I tell you, I shall not drink wine until the day I drink the new wine with you in the kingdom of my Father.'

After psalms had been sung they left for the Mount of Olives. Then Jesus said to them,
'You will all lose faith in me this night, for the scripture says: "I shall strike the shepherd and the sheep of the flock will be scattered, but after my resurrection I shall go before you to Galilee".
At this, Peter said, 'Though all lose faith in you, I will never lose faith'.
Jesus answered him, 'I tell you solemnly, this very night, before the cock crows, you will have disowned me three times'. Peter said to him, 'Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you'. And all the disciples said the same.

Then Jesus came with them to a small estate called Gethsemane; and he said to his disciples,
'Stay here while I go over there to pray'.
He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee with him. And sadness came over him, and great distress. Then he said to them, 'My soul is sorrowful to the point of death. Wait here and keep awake with me.'
And going on a little further he fell on his face and prayed. 'My Father,' he said 'if it is possible, let this cup pass me by. Nevertheless, let it be as you, not I, would have it.' He came back to the disciples and found them sleeping, and he said to Peter, 'So you had not the strength to keep awake with me one hour? You should be awake, and praying not to be put to the test. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.'

Again, a second time, he went away and prayed:
'My Father,' he said 'If this cup cannot pass by without my drinking it, your will be done!' And he came back again and found them sleeping, their eyes were so heavy. Leaving them there, he went away again and prayed for the third time, repeating the same words. Then he came back to the disciples and said to them, 'You can sleep on now and take your rest. Now the hour has come when the Son of Man is to be betrayed into the hands of sinners. Get up! Let us go! My betrayer is already close at hand.'
He was still speaking when Judas, one of the Twelve, appeared, and with him a large number of men armed with swords and clubs, sent by the chief priests and elders of the people.

Judas KissNow the traitor had arranged a sign with them.
'The one I kiss,' he had said 'he is the man. Take him in charge.' So he went straight up to Jesus and said, 'Greetings, Rabbi', and kissed him.
Jesus said to him, 'My friend, do what you are here for'. Then they came forward, seized Jesus and took him in charge. At that, one of the followers of Jesus grasped his sword and drew it; he struck out at the high priest's servant, and cut off his ear.
Jesus then said, 'Put your sword back, for all who draw the sword will die by the sword. Or do you think that I cannot appeal to my Father who would promptly send more than twelve legions of angels to my defence? But then, how would the scriptures be fulfilled that say this is the way it must be?'
It was at this time that Jesus said to the crowds,
'Am I a brigand, that you had to set out to capture me with swords and clubs? I sat teaching in the Temple day after day and you never laid hands on me.'
Now all this happened to fulfil the prophecies in scripture. Then all the disciples deserted him and ran away.

The men who had arrested Jesus led him off to Caiaphas the high priest, where the scribes and the elders were assembled. Peter followed him at a distance, and when he reached the high priest's palace, he went in and sat down with the attendants to see what the end would be. The chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin were looking for evidence against Jesus, however false, on which they might pass the death-sentence. But they could not find any, though several lying witnesses came forward. Eventually two stepped forward and made a statement,
'This man said, "I have power to destroy the Temple of God and in three days build it up."
'The high priest then stood up and said to him, 'Have you no answer to that? What is this evidence these men are bringing against you?' But Jesus was silent. And the high priest said to him, 'I put you on oath by the living God to tell us if you are the Christ, the Son of God'.

'The words are your own' answered Jesus. 'Moreover, I tell you that from this time onward you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of the Power and coming on the clouds of heaven.'
At this, the high priest tore his clothes and said, 'He has blasphemed. What need of witnesses have we now? There! You have just heard the blasphemy. What is your opinion?' They answered, 'He deserves to die'. Then they spat in his face and hit him with their fists; others said as they struck him, 'Play the prophet, Christ! Who hit you then?'

Meanwhile Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard, and a servant-girl came up to him and said, 'You too were with Jesus the Galilean'. But he denied it in front of them all. 'I do not know what you are talking about' he said. When he went out to the gateway another servant-girl saw him and said to the people there, 'This man was with Jesus the Nazarene'. And again, with an oath, he denied it, 'I do not know the man'. A little later the bystanders came up and said to Peter, 'You are one of them for sure! Why, your accent gives you away.' Then he started calling down curses on himself and swearing, 'I do not know the man'. At that moment the cock crew, and Peter remembered what Jesus had said,
'Before the cock crows you will have disowned me three times'. And he went outside and wept bitterly When morning came, all the chief priests and the elders of the people met in council to bring about the death of Jesus. They had him bound, and led him away to hand him over to Pilate, the governor.

When he found that Jesus had been condemned, Judas his betrayer was filled with remorse and took the thirty silver pieces back to the chief priests and elders. 'I have sinned;' he said 'I have betrayed innocent blood' 'What is that to us?' they replied 'That is your concern.' And flinging down the silver pieces in the sanctuary he made off and hanged himself; The chief priests picked up the silver pieces and said, 'It is against the Law to put this into the treasury; it is blood-money'. So they discussed the matter and bought the potter's field with it as a graveyard for foreigners, and this is why the field is called the Field of Blood today. The words of the prophet Jeremiah were then fulfilled: And they took the thirty silver pieces, the sum at which the precious One was priced by children of Israel, and they gave them for the potter's field, just as the Lord directed me.

Jesus, then, was brought before the governor, and the governor put to him this question,
'Are you the king of the Jews?'
Jesus replied, 'It is you who say it'.
But when he was accused by the chief priests and the elders he refused to answer at all. Pilate then said to him, 'Do you not hear how many charges they have brought against you?' But to the governor's complete amazement, he offered no reply to any of the charges. At festival time it was the governor's practice to release a prisoner for the people, anyone they chose. Now there was at that time a notorious prisoner whose name was Barabbas. So when the crowd gathered, Pilate said to them, 'Which do you want me to release for you: Barabbas, or Jesus who is called Christ?' For Pilate knew it was out of jealousy that they had handed him over. Now as he was seated in the chair of judgement, his wife sent him a message, 'Have nothing to do with that man; I have been upset all day by a dream I had about him'. The chief priests and the elders, however, had persuaded the crowd to demand the release of Barabbas and the execution of Jesus. So when the governor spoke and asked them, 'Which of the two do you want me to release for you?' they said, 'Barabbas'. 'But in that case,' Pilate said to them 'what am I to do with Jesus who is called Christ?' They all said, 'Let him be crucified!' 'Why?' he asked 'What harm has he done?' But they shouted all the louder, 'Let him be crucified!' Then Pilate saw that he was making no impression, that in fact a riot was imminent. So he took some water, washed his hands in front of the crowd and said, 'I am innocent of this man's blood. It is your concern.' And the people, to a man, shouted back, 'His blood be on us and on our children!' Then he released Barabbas for them. He ordered Jesus to be first scourged and then handed over to be crucified.

The governor's soldiers took Jesus with them into the Praetorium and collected the whole cohort round him. Then they stripped him and made him wear a scarlet cloak, and having twisted some thorns into a crown they put this on his head and placed a reed in his right hand. To make fun of him they knelt to him saying, 'Hail, king of the Jews!' And they spat on him and took the reed and struck him on the head with it. And when they had finished making fun of him, they took off the cloak and dressed him in his own clothes and led him away to crucify him.

On their way out, they came across a man from Cyrene, Simon by name, and enlisted him to carry his cross. When they had reached a place called Golgotha, that is, the place of the skull, they gave him wine to drink mixed with gall, which he tasted but refused to drink. When they had finished crucifying him they shared out his clothing by casting lots, and then sat down and stayed there keeping guard over him. Above his head was placed the charge against him; it read: 'This is Jesus, the King of the Jews'. At the same time two robbers were crucified with him, one on the right and one on the left.

gOD'S SALVATIONThe passers-by jeered at him; they shook their heads and said, 'So you would destroy the Temple and rebuild it in three days! Then save yourself! If you are God's son, come down from the cross!' The chief priests with the scribes and elders mocked him in the same way. 'He saved others;' they said 'he cannot save himself. He is the king of Israel; let him come down from the cross now, and we will believe in him. He puts his trust in God; now let God rescue him if he wants him. For he did say, "I am the son of God".' Even the robbers who were crucified with him taunted him in the same way.

From the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land until the ninth hour And about the ninth hour, Jesus cried out in a loud voice, 'Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?' that is, 'My God, my God, why have you deserted me?' When some of those who stood there heard this, they said, 'The man is calling on Elijah', and one of them quickly ran to get a sponge which he dipped in vinegar and, putting it on a reed, gave it him to drink. 'Wait!' said the rest of them 'and see if Elijah will come to save him.' But Jesus, again crying out in a loud voice, yielded up his spirit.

(All kneel and pause a moment.)

At that, the veil of the Temple was torn in two from top to bottom; the earth quaked; the rocks were split; the tombs opened and the bodies of many holy men rose from the dead, and these, after his resurrection, came out of the tombs, entered the Holy City and appeared to a number of people. Meanwhile the centurion, together with the others guarding Jesus, had seen the earthquake and all that was taking place, and they were terrified and said:  'In truth this was a son of God.'

And many women were there, watching from a distance, the same women who had followed Jesus from Galilee and looked after him. Among them were Mary of Magdala, Mary the mother of James and Joseph, and the mother of Zebedee’s sons.

When it was evening, there came a rich man of Arimatbaea called Joseph, who had himself become a disciple of Jesus. This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Pilate thereupon ordered it to be handed over. So Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a clean shroud and put it in his own new tomb which he had hewn out of the rock. He then rolled a large stone across the entrance of the tomb and went away. Now Mary of Magdala and the other Mary were there, sitting opposite the sepulchre.

Next day, that is, when Preparation Day was over, the chief priests and the Pharisees went in a body to Pilate and said to him, 'Your Excellency, we recall that this impostor said, while he was still alive, "After three days I shall rise again." Therefore give the order to have the sepulchre kept secure until the third day, for fear his disciples come and steal him away and tell the people, "He has risen from the dead." This last piece of fraud would be worse than what went before. Pilate said to them: You may have your guards. Go and make all as secure as you know how.' So they went and made the sepulchre secure, putting seals on the stone and mounting a guard.


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Taken from THE JERUSALEM BIBLE, published and copyright 1966, 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, 2nd April, 2023


Comóradh theacht ár dTiarna isteach i Iarúsalem


Sliocht as Soiscéal naofa de réir Naomh Mhatha      21:1-11
Is beannaithe an té atá ag teacht in ainm an Tiarna!

Nuair a bhí siad ag teacht i ngar do Iarúsailéim agus iad tagtha go Béatfaigé i dtreo Chnoc na nOlóg, chuir Íosa beirt dheisceabal uaidh ag rá leo: “Téigí isteach sa bhaile atá os bhur gcomhair, agus gheobhaidh sibh láir asail ceangailte agus searrach lena cois;m scaoiligí iad agus tugaigí chugam iad; agus má deir aon duine focal libh abraigí: ‘Tá gá ag an Tiarna leo, ach cuirfidh sé ar ais gan mhoill iad.’” Tharla an méid sin chun go gcomhlíonfaí a ndúradh tríd an bhfáidh:

Abraigí le hiníon Shíón: Féach, tá do rí ag teacht chugat, agus é go ceansa, ag marcaíocht ar asal, ar shearrach beithígh iompair.”

palm sunday 1D’imigh na deisceabail agus rinne siad de réir mar bhí beartaithe ag Íosa dóibh: thug siad leo an láir asail agus an searrach.
Chuir siad a mbrait anuas orthu ansin agus chuaigh Íosa ina shuí orthu. Agus rinne na daoine, slua an-mhór díobh, a mbrait a leathadh ar an mbóthar, agus bhí cuid eile acu ag baint craobhacha na gcrann le leathadh ar an mbóthar; agus na sluaite a bhí roimhe amach agus iad seo a bhí á leanúint, bhí na gártha acu á gcur suas:

Hósana do Mhac Dháiví!
Is beannaithe an té atá ag teacht in ainm an Tiarna!
Hósana sna harda.”

Nuair a chuaigh sé isteach in Iarúsailéim, bhí an chathair go léir ar bís: “Cé hé seo?” deirtí.
Agus deireadh na sluaite: “Is é seo Íosa, an fáidh ó Nazarat sa Ghailíl.”

Soiscéal an Tiarna.      Moladh duit, a Chriost
An tAifreann

Sliocht as an Leabhar Íseáia, Ezícéal, Fáidh.         50:4-7  
Níor cheil mé ma ghnúis ar mhasla, mar tá a fhios agam nach mbeidh mé meallta.

Thug an Tiarna Dia dom teanga an aos léinn.
Chun go mbeinn i riocht fóirithint ar an té atá traochta spreagann sé briathar ionam.
Maidin in aghaidh na maidine cuireann sé cluas orm chun go n-éiste mé ar nós an aos léinn.
An Tiarna Dia, is é a d’oscail mo chluas.

jESUS ON CROSSMaidir liom féin, níor chuir mé ina choinne, níor theann mé ar gcúl.
Lig mé mo dhroim le lucht a bhuailte agus mo ghruanna leo siúd a bhí ag piocadh na féasóige asam; níor cheil mé mo ghnúis ar mhasla ná ar sheile.

Tá an Tiarna Dia ag teacht i gcabhair orm, is é sin an fáth nach mothaím an masla.
Mar sin, chruaigh mé mo ghnúis mar an chloch ghlas, bhí a fhios agam nach mbeinn meallta.

Briathar an Tiarna           Buíochas le Dia

Salm le Freagra           Sm 21
Freagra                          A Dhia liom, a Dhia liom, cad chuige ar thréig tú mé?

I. Gabhann a bhfeiceann mé ag fonóid fúm:
   cuireann siad cár orthu is croitheann a gceann. 
   'Bhí a mhuinín as an Tiarna aige: saoradh séisean é;
   fuasclaíodh seisean é, mas air atá a ghreann.'        Freagra

2. Tá mórán madraí i mo thimpeall:
     tá mé crioslaithe ag paca bithiúnach.
    Tollann siad mo lámha is mo chosa:
    is féidir liom mo chnámha uile a chomhaireamh. Freagra

3. Roinneann siad mo chuid éadaigh eat  arthu
    agus caitheann siad crainn ar mo chóta.
    Ná bíse i bhfad uaim, a Thiarna.
    Is tú mo chúnamh: brostaigh agus cuidigh liom.   Freagra

4. Inseoidh mé d'ainm do mo bhráithre,
    molfaidh mé thú i lár na comhdhála:
    molaigí an Tiarna, sibhse lerb eagal é;
    ceiliuraigí ‘e, a shliocht Iácób go léir;
    tugaigí urraim dó, a shíol lsrael go léir.                    Freagra


Sliocht as litir Naomh Pól chuig na Filipigh             2: 6-11  
D‘ís1igh sé é féin, agus d’ardaigh Dia é os cionn cách.

An té úd a bhí i riocht Dé ó dhúchas,J crucified
níorbh éadáil Íosa bheith ar chomhchéim le Dia, Ach lom sé é féin.
Agus chuir áir riocht an sclábha agus tháinig chun bheith ina dhuine mar chách eile.
Agus ar theacht ann dó i gcló daonna,
d’ísligh sé é féin agus bhí umhal go bás – go bás na croise féin.
Sin é an fáth ar ardaigh Dia thar na bearta é agus bhronn air an t-ainm úd atá os cionn gach ainm, i dtreo nuair a luafaí ainm Íosa go gcromfadh glúin gach neach dá bhfuil ar neamh agus ar talamh agus in ifreann agus go ndearbhódh gach teanga, in ómós do Dhia an tAthair, gurb é Íosa Críost an Tiarna.

Briathar an Tiarna          Buíochas le Dia

 Véarsa                            Fil 2:8-9
D'ísligh Críost é féin trí bheith umhal go bás, fiú go bás na croise.
Sin e an fáth ar ardaigh Dia é os cionn cách agus bhronn air ainm atá os cionn gach ainm.

de réir Naomh Matha      (26:14-27:66)

Chuaigh duine den dáréag, arbh ainm dó Iúdás Isceiriót, go dtí uachtaráin na sagart agus dúirt:
Cad ab áil libh a thabhairt dom agus tabharfaidh mé ar láimh daoibh é?” Chomhair siad amach chuige tríocha píosa d’airgead geal. Agus ón uair sin amach bhí sé ag faire ar a dheis chun é thabhairt ar láimh.

Ar an gcéad lá d’fhéile an tslimaráin, tháinig na deisceabail chun Íosa ag rá: “Cárbh áil leat go n-ullmhóimis an Cháisc duit le hithe?”
Téigí isteach sa chathair,” ar seisean, “go dtí an duine seo áirithe agus abraigí leis: ‘Dúirt an Máistir a rá leat: tá m’uain in achmaireacht: is i do theachsa atáim chun an Cháisc a dhéanamh in éineacht le mo dheisceabail.’” Rinne na deisceabail de réir mar a bhí beartaithe ag Íosa dóibh, agus d’ullmhaigh siad an Cháisc.

Nuair a bhí an tráthnóna ann, shuigh sé chun boird in éineacht leis an dáréag deisceabal.
Agus le linn dóibh bheith ag ithe, dúirt
Deirim libh go fírinneach, braithfidh duine agaibh mé.” Agus ó ba mhó é a mbuaireamh, thosaigh siad, gach duine acu, ag fiafraí de: “An mise é, a Thiarna?”
D’fhreagair sé: “Duine a thum a lámh sa mhias i mo theannta,” ar seisean, “sin é a dhéanfaidh mé a bhrath. Tá Mac an Duine ag imeacht, de réir mar atá scríofa mar gheall air, ach is mairg don duine úd trína mbraitear Mac an Duine. B’fhearr don duine sin nach mbéarfaí riamh é.” D’fhreagair Iúdás, fear a bhraite, agus dúirt: “An mise é, a Raibí?” Dúirt Íosa leis: “Tá sé ráite agat.”

    Last SupperLe linn dóibh bheith ag ithe, thóg Íosa arán, agus ar a bheannú dó, bhris, agus á thabhairt do na deisceabail dó, dúirt:
Tógaigí, ithigí: is é seo mo chorp.” Agus thóg sé cupa, agus ar altú dó, thug dóibh é ag rá:
Ólaigí uile as seo, óir is í seo m’fhuilse an tiomna, atá le doirteadh ar son mórán chun peacaí a mhaitheamh. Deirim libh, ní ólfaidh mé as seo amach den sú seo na fíniúna go dtí an lá sin a n-ólfaidh mé ina fhíon nua libhse é i ríocht m’Athar.”

Tar éis dóibh an t-iomann a chanadh, chuaigh siad amach go dtí Cnoc na nOlóg. Ansin dúirt Íosa leo:
Glacfaidh sibh uile scannal mar gheall ormsa anocht, óir tá scríofa: ‘Buailfidh mé an t-aoire agus beidh caoirigh an tréada arna scaipeadh.’ Ach tar éis dom éirí, rachaidh mé romhaibh go dtí an Ghailíl.”
Dúirt Peadar leis á fhreagairt: “Siúd is go nglacfaidh cách eile scannal mar gheall ort, ní ghlacfaidh mise scannal choíche.” Dúirt Íosa leis: “Deirim leat go fírinneach, roimh ghlaoch don choileach anocht féin, séanfaidh tú mé faoi thrí.” Dúirt Peadar leis: “Más ea féin go gcaithfidh mé bás a fháil in éineacht leat, ní shéanfaidh mé thú.” Agus na deisceabail eile chomh maith, dúirt siad an rud céanna.

Judas KissAnsin tháinig Íosa leo go dtí áit ar a dtugtar Geitséamainí agus dúirt leis na deisceabail: “Fuirigí anseo go rachaidh mé anonn ansiúd ag guí.” Agus rug sé leis Peadar agus beirt mhac Zeibidé, agus thosaigh sé bheith buartha agus in anbhuain. Dúirt sé leo ansin: “Tá buaireamh mór ar m’anam go pointí báis. Fanaigí anseo agus bígí ag faire liom.” Chuaigh sé ar aghaidh tamall agus chaith é féin ar a bhéal agus é ag guí mar seo: “A Athair, más féidir é, gabhadh an cupa seo tharam, ach ní mar is toil liomsa ach mar is toil leatsa.” Tháinig sé chun na ndeisceabal agus fuair ina gcodladh iad, agus dúirt le Peadar: “An ea nár fhéad sibh, mar sin, faire aon uaire a dhéanamh liom? Bígí ag faire agus ag guí, ionas nach rachadh sibh i gcathú. Tá an spiorad fonnmhar ach tá an cholainn fann.”

D’imigh sé uathu arís agus thosaigh ag guí den dara huair: “A Athair, mura féidir an cupa seo a ghabháil tharam gan mé á ól, do thoil go raibh déanta!” Tháinig sé arís agus fuair ina gcodladh iad, mar bhí a súile trom. D’fhág sé arís iad agus chuaigh ag guí den tríú huair ag rá na cainte céanna arís. Ansin tháinig sé chun na ndeisceabal agus dúirt leo:
“Codlaigí libh feasta agus glacaigí bhur suaimhneas. Seo! tá an t-am in achmaireacht agus Mac an Duine le tabhairt ar láimh do pheacaigh. Éirígí! bímis ag gluaiseacht! Seo chugainn fear mo bhraite.”

Sula raibh an focal as a bhéal, seo Iúdás, duine den dáréag, agus slua mór lena chois a raibh claimhte agus bataí acu, ag teacht ó uachtaráin na sagart agus ó sheanóirí an phobail. Bhí an comhartha ag fear a bhraite dóibh: “An duine a bpógfaidh mé é,” ar seisean, “sin é é: gabhaigí é.” Rinne sé anonn ar Íosa díreach gan stad, agus “Sé do bheatha, a Raibí!” ar seisean, agus phóg sé é. Dúirt Íosa leis: “A chara, déan an beart a thug anseo thú." Tháinig siad ar aghaidh ansin, leag siad a lámha ar Íosa agus ghabh siad é. Ach seo duine de chompánaigh Íosa a shín a lámh chun a chlaímh agus a tharraing, gur bhuail sé seirbhíseach an ardsagairt gur bhain an chluas de. Ach dúirt Íosa leis an uair sin: “Cuir do chlaíomh ar ais ina áit féin, óir gach duine a ghlacann an claíomh is leis an gclaíomh a thitfidh sé. Nó an é is dóigh leat nach féidir dom achainí a dhéanamh ar m’Athair, a chuirfeadh ar fáil dom anois féin níos mó ná dhá léigiún déag aingeal? Conas a chomhlíonfaí na scrioptúir, más ea, a deir gur mar seo nach foláir a bheith?”
An uair sin féin dúirt Íosa leis na buíonta: “An robálaí mé gur ghluais sibh amach mar seo le claimhte agus le bataí chun breith orm? Bhínn i mo shuí sa Teampall gach lá ag teagasc agus ní dhearna sibh mé a ghabháil.” Thit an méid sin go léir amach chun go gcomhlíonfaí scrioptúir na bhfáithe. Ansin thug na deisceabail uile a gcúl leis agus theith siad.

An dream a bhí tar éis Íosa a ghabháil, sheol siad leo é go teach Cháiafas, an t-ardsagart, agus is ann a bhí na scríobhaithe agus na seanóirí cruinnithe le chéile. Bhí Peadar á leanúint i bhfad uaidh chomh fada le cúirt an ardsagairt, agus ar dhul isteach ann dó, chuaigh ina shuí i measc na seirbhíseach d’fhonn go bhfeicfeadh críoch an scéil.

Bhí uachtaráin na sagart agus an tsainidrín ar fad ag lorg fianaise bréige in aghaidh Íosa d’fhonn é bhású, ach ní bhfuair siad í in ainneoin gur tháinig an-chuid d’fhinnéithe bréige i láthair. Sa deireadh, tháinig beirt i láthair agus b’é a scéal sin: “Dúirt an fear seo: ‘Is féidir liom Teampall Dé a leagan anuas agus é a atógáil i dtrí lá.’” D’éirigh an t-ardsagart ina sheasamh agus dúirt leis: “Nach bhfuil freagra ar bith agat? Cad tá acu seo á dhearbhú ort?” D’fhan Íosa ina thost. Dúirt an t-ardsagart leis: “Cuirim ort as ucht Dé bheo a insint dúinn an tú an Críost Mac Dé.”
Dúirt Íosa leis: “Tá sé ráite agat. Ach deirim libh, beidh Mac an Duine le feiceáil agaibh amach anseo, ina shuí ar dheis na cumhachta, agus é ag teacht ar scamaill na bhflaitheas.” Leis sin, stróic an t-ardsagart a chuid éadaigh: “Tá diamhasla déanta aige!” ar seisean; “cad is gá dúinn a thuilleadh finnéithe? Sin anois an diamhasla cloiste agaibh. Cad é bhur mbarúil?” Agus ba é an freagra a thug siad: “Tá an bás tuillte aige.” Ansin chaith siad seile san aghaidh air, agus ghabh siad de dhoirne air, agus bhí cuid acu a bhuail lena mbasa é ag rá: “Tairngir dúinn, a Chríost! Cé hé sin a bhuail thú?”

Bhí Peadar ina shuí amuigh, sa chúirt. Tháinig cailín aimsire chuige agus dúirt: “Bhí tusa freisin in éineacht le hÍosa an Gailíleach.” Ach shéan seisean é os comhair cách: “Níl a fhios agam cad tá tú a rá,” ar seisean. Ar dhul amach sa phóirse dó, chonaic cailín eile é agus dúirt sí leis na daoine a bhí ann: “Bhí sé seo in éineacht le hÍosa an Nazórach.” Agus shéan sé arís é le mionn: “Níl aithne agam ar an duine.” Tamall ina dhiaidh sin, tháinig na daoine a bhí i láthair agus dúirt siad le Peadar: “Go dearfa, is duine díobh sin tusa freisin, mar sceitheann do chaint ort.” Ansin a thosaigh sé ag eascaine agus ag tabhairt na mionn: “Níl aithne agam ar an duine.” Agus ghlaoigh an coileach láithreach. Agus ba chuimhin le Peadar an focal a dúirt Íosa “Roimh ghlaoch don choileach, séanfaidh tú mé faoi thrí.” Agus chuagh amach agus ghoil sé go goirt.

Nuair a bhí an mhaidin ann, rinne na hardsagairt go léir agus seanóirí an phobail comhairle le chéile in aghaidh Íosa d’fhonn é a bhású. Tar éis dóibh é a cheangal, sheol siad leo é á thabhairt ar láimh do Phioláit an gobharnóir.

Ansin, nuair a chonaic Iúdás, fear a bhraite, go raibh sé daortha, bhuail aiféala é, agus thug an tríocha píosa d’airgead geal ar ais d’uachtaráin na sagart agus do na seanóirí, ag rá: “Ba pheaca dom fuil neamhchiontach a bhrath.” Ach dúirt siad sin: “Cad é sin dúinne? Féach féin chuige.” Ach rad sé uaidh na píosaí airgid isteach sa sanctóir agus d’fhág an áit, d’imigh sé leis agus chroch é féin. Thóg na hardsagairt na píosaí airgid agus dúirt siad: “Ní dleathach iad do chur i gciste an Teampaill, mar is luach fola iad.” Tar éis dóibh an scéal a phlé, cheannaigh siad leis an airgead Gort an Chriadóra mar reilig do strainséirí. Sin é a d’fhág Gort na Fola mar ainm ar an ngort sin go dtí an lá inniu féin. Ansin a comhlíonadh a ndúradh trí Irimia fáidh: “Agus thóg siad an tríocha píosa d’airgead geal, luach an duine a measadh – ag cuid de chlann Iosrael a measadh é – agus thug ar Ghort an Chriadóra iad, de réir mar bheartaigh an Tiarna dom.”

Tugadh Íosa i láthair an ghobharnóra, agus d’fhiafraigh an gobharnóir de: “An tusa Rí na nGiúdach?”
Dúirt Íosa “Tá sé ráite agat.” Agus le linn a chiontaithe ag na hardsagairt agus ag na seanóirí, bhí sé gan aon fhreagra a thabhairt. Dúirt Pioláit leis ansin: “Nach gcluineann tú a bhfuil d’fhianaise acu á thabhairt i d’aghaidh?” Ach freagra níor thug sé ar phointe ar bith, rud a chuir ardionadh ar an ngobharnóir.

Ach ba ghnáthbhéas don ghobharnóir, i ngach féile, go scaoilfeadh sé saor chun an tslua cibé príosúnach ba rogha leo. Bhí príosúnach iomráiteach ar láimh an uair sin arbh ainm dó Barabas. Mar sin, nuair a bhí siad cruinnithe le chéile dúirt Pioláit leo: “Cé acu ba rogha libh mé a scaoileadh chugaibh, Barabas, nó Íosa ar a dtugtar an Críost?” – mar bhí a fhios aige gur formad faoi deara é thabhairt ar láimh. Ach le linn dó bheith ina shuí breithimh, chuir a bhean scéala chuige: “Scaoil tharat an fear cóir seo gan baint leis, óir ba mhór í m’fhulaingt i mbrionglóid inniu mar gheall air.” Ach d’áitigh na hardsagairt agus na seanóirí ar na sluaite Barabas a iarraidh agus Íosa a mhilleadh. Labhair an gobharnóir leo: “Cé acu den bheirt is rogha libh mé a scaoileadh chugaibh?” “Barabas!” ar siad. Dúirt Pioláit leo: “Más ea, cad a dhéanfaidh mé le hÍosa ar a dtugtar an Críost?” Dúirt siad: “Céastar é!” Dúirt seisean: “Ach cén t-olc a rinne sé?” Ach is ea ba mhó a bhí siad ag screadadh: “Céastar é!” Nuair a chonaic Pioláit nach raibh aon mhaith dó ann ach gur mhó a bhíothas ag dul chun calláin, fuair sé uisce agus nigh a lámha os comhair an tslua ag rá: “Nílimse freagrach i bhfuil an fhíréin seo: féachaigí sibhse chuige.” D’fhreagair an pobal ar fad: “Go raibh a chuid fola orainn féin agus ar ár gclann!” Scaoil sé Barabas chucu ansin, ach rinne sé Íosa a sciúrsáil agus a thabhairt suas chun go gcéasfaí é.

Ansin rug saighdiúirí an ghobharnóra Íosa leo isteach sa phréatóiriam, agus chuir siad tionól ar an gcathlán go léir chuige. Bhain siad de a chuid éadaigh agus ghléas siad i bhfallaing chraorag é: rinne siad coróin a fhí de dheilgneach agus í a bhualadh ar a cheann agus giolcach a chur ina láimh dheis, agus teacht ar a nglúine os a chomhair ag fonóid faoi ag rá: “Sé do bheatha, a Rí na nGiúdach!” Agus chaith siad seilí air agus bhí siad á bhualadh sa cheann leis an ngiolcach. Agus tar éis dóibh fonóid a dhéanamh faoi, bhain siad de an fhallaing, chuir siad a chuid éadaigh féin air agus sheol siad leo é chun a chéasta.

Sa tslí amach dóibh, casadh fear Cuiréanach orthu arbh ainm dó Síomón; chuir siad d’fhiacha air seo a chros a iompar. Agus ar theacht dóibh go dtí áit ar a dtugtar Golgotá – is é sin le rá, Áit an Chloiginn – thug siad le hól dó fíon a raibh domlas tríd, ach ar a bhlaiseadh dó, dhiúltaigh sé a ól. Tar éis dóibh é a chéasadh, roinn siad a chuid éadaigh eatarthu, á gcur ar chrainn, agus d’fhan siad ina suí ansiúd á ghardáil.

Cuireadh scríbhinn os a chionn ag insint cúis a dhaortha: “Is é seo Íosa Rí na nGiúdach.” Ansin céasadh mar aon leis beirt robálaithe, duine acu ar a dheis agus an duine eile ar a chlé. Bhí lucht an bhealaigh ag tabhairt achasáin dó, ag croitheadh a gceann agus ag rá: “Thusa, a leagfadh Teampall Dé anuas agus a thógfadh é i dtrí lá, saor thú féin, más tú Mac Dé, agus tar anuas ón gcros!” Bhí na hardsagairt freisin ag fonóid faoi, in éineacht leis na scríobhaithe agus na seanóirí, agus deiridís: “Shaor sé daoine eile, ní féidir leis é féin a shaoradh! Is é Rí Iosrael é: tagadh sé anuas ón gcros feasta agus creidfimid ann. As Dia a bhí a mhuinín; fuasclaíodh Dia anois é más gnaoi leis é, óir dúirt sé féin: ‘Is mé Mac Dé.’” Na robálaithe freisin a céasadh mar aon leis, bhí siad á aithisiú mar an gcéanna

Ón séú huair bhí dorchadas anuas ar an talamh go léir go dtí an naoú huair.
Agus timpeall an naoú huair, d’éigh Íosa de ghlór ard:
Élí, Élí, lamá sabachtání?” is é sin le rá: “A Dhia, a Dhia, cén fáth ar thréig tú mé?”
Dúirt cuid díobh seo a bhí i láthair, ar a chloisteáil sin dóibh: “Ag glaoch ar Éilias atá sé seo,” agus leis sin rith duine acu chun spúinse a fháil, thum i bhfínéagar é, chuir ar bharr giolcaí é agus thug deoch dó. Ach dúirt an chuid eile: “Fan go bhfeicimid an dtiocfaidh Éilias á shaoradh.” Ach gháir Íosa amach arís de ghlór ard agus lig sé uaidh a spiorad.

gOD'S SALVATIONAgus réabadh brat an Teampaill ina dhó ó bharr go bun, chrith an talamh agus réabadh na carraigeacha. D’oscail na tuamaí agus d’éirigh mórán de choirp na naomh a bhí ina suan: tháinig siad amach as na tuamaí tar éis d’Íosa aiséirí agus isteach sa chathair naofa agus taibhsíodh iad dá lán. An taoiseach céad, agus na fir a bhí ag gardáil Íosa in éineacht leis, nuair a chonaic siad an mhaidhm talún agus na nithe a tharla, bhí uamhan an-mhór orthu agus dúirt siad:
Go dearfa, ba é Mac Dé é seo.” Agus bhí mórán ban ann agus iad i bhfad uaidh ag breathnú, iad siúd a bhí tar éis Íosa a leanúint ón nGailíl chun bheith ag freastal air: Bhí Máire Mhaigdiléana orthu, agus Máire máthair Shéamais agus Iósaef, agus máthair chlann Zeibidé.

Nuair a bhí an tráthnóna ann, tháinig fear saibhir as Aramatáia darbh ainm Iósaef, agus é féin freisin ina dheisceabal ag Íosa; chuaigh sé seo go dtí Pioláit agus d’iarr corp Íosa air. D’ordaigh Pioláit ansin é a thabhairt dó. Thóg Iósaef an corp, d’fhill I línéadach glan é agus chuir ina thuama nua féin é a bhí gearrtha sa charraig aige; agus tar éis dó cloch mhór a iompú le béal an tuama d’imigh sé leis. Bhí Máire Mhaigdiléana ann agus an Mháire eile, agus iad ina suí os comhair na huaimhe.

Lá arna mhárach, is é sin le rá, an lá tar éis an ullmhaithe, chuaigh na hardsagairt agus na Fairisínigh i dteannta a chéile go dtí Pioláit agus dúirt siad: “A dhuine uasail, tá sé tar éis teacht chun ár gcuimhne go ndúirt an mealltóir úd agus é beo: ‘I gcionn trí lá, aiséireoidh mé.’ Ordaigh, dá bhrí sin, an uaimh a dhéanamh daingean go dtí an treas lá, le heagla go dtiocfadh a chuid deisceabal á fhuadach agus go ndéarfaidís leis an bpobal: ‘Tá sé éirithe ó mhairbh,’ agus ba mheasa an dul amú nua ná an chéad dul amú.”

Dúirt Pioláit leo: “Bíodh garda agaibh; seo libh, déanaigí daingean í mar is fearr is eolach sibh.”
D’imigh siad agus rinne siad an uaimh daingean, ag bualadh séala ar an gcloch agus ag ceapadh garda.

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