Pictorial Thought for Today

Pictorial Thought for Today

Apr 18 - St Laserian or Molaise (d. 639)

Laserian 2Summary: St Laserian This image (<left) shows a carving on a pulpit in the Cathedral of the Assumption, Carlow: it shows St Laserian addressing the Synod of Leighlin in 630 AD where he defended the Roman method of calculating Easter. He is the patron saint of Leighlin diocese.

Patrick Duffy tries to sort out what is known about him.

Associated with Old Leighlin in Co Carlow
T
here are at least four saints of this name, Laserian :
one is associated with Devenish Island in Co Fermanagh;
another is associated with Inishmurray, Co Sligo;
another was the third abbot of Iona.
The one of this feast day is associated with Old Leighlin in Co Carlow and is the patron saint of Leighlin diocese.

A Disciple of St Munnu Laserian
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aserian was the son of Cairel de Blitha and Gemma, a Scottish princess and may have spent his early years in Scotland. He was also said to have been a disciple of St Munnu (Fintan of Taghmon? See 21st October).

Roman Education
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e is said then to have spent fourteen years in Rome and studied under St Gregory the Great, who ordained him and sent him back to Ireland (?). At any rate he was a strong proponent of the Roman method of calculating Easter. When he came back to Ireland, he took over an already established monastery from St Gobban at Leighlin (Leth-glen, half-glen, a fold in the hills), Co Carlow. Leighlin then became a strong centre of support of the Roman method of calculation.

Contest of Miracles with St Munnu
However, his former teacher Munnu at the Council of Maigh Ailbe on the borders of Kildare and Carlow challenged Laserian to a contest of miracles. He suggested they would throw the books containing the old and new calculations of Easter in the fire to see which burned. Laserian declined this as unfair, saying: "If you Fintan told Slieve Margy over there to move to Magh Ailbe, and Magh Ailbe over to where Slieve Margy is, God would do it for you." It took some decades for the Roman way of computing Easter was finally accepted and approved at the Synod of Whitby (664).

Association with Maighnean of Kilmainham
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nother story about Laserian is told in the Life of Maighnean of Kilmainham. Maighnean found Laserian lying crossways in a hovel suffering from thirty diseases. "My sinfulness goes like a flame through my body, for I want to have my purgatory in this life and find eternal life in the next. For the grain of wheat must be threshed and beaten before it is sown in the earth. So it is with me before I am laid in the grave. I want my body threshed with infirmities." In the end Laserian asked Maighnean to preside at his funeral.

Laserian's CathSt Laserian's Cathedral in Old Leighlin
T
he present Cathedral in Old Leighlin was begun by Bishop Donatus of Leighlin (1152-81) and completed by the end of the 13th century. One of the oldest items in the Cathedral is an 11th century font. The cathedral was taken over by the Anglican Communion (Church of Ireland) at the time of the Reformation. A new Roman Catholic Cathedral (Cathedral of the Assumption) designed by Thomas Cobden was completed in Carlow town in 1833.
Liturgical Readings for: Thursday, 18th April, 2024

Thursday, Third Week of Easter


We need to study the Holy Scriptures with humility before God daily.


Optional memorial of St Laserian, bishop 


FIRST READING              

A reading from the Book Acts of the Apostles                8:26-40  
If you believe with all your heart, you may be baptised.

The angel of the Lord spoke to Philip saying,
'Be ready to set out at noon along the road that goes from Jerusalem down to Gaza, the desert road.'
So he set off on his journey. Now it happened that an Ethiopian had been on pilgrimage to Jerusalem; he was a eunuch and an officer at the court of the kandake, or queen, of Ethiopia, and was in fact her chief treasurer. He was now on his way home; and as he sat in his chariot he was reading the prophet Isaiah.
The Spirit said to Philip, 'Go up and meet that chariot.'
When Philip ran up, he heard him reading Isaiah the prophet and asked,
'Do you understand what you are reading?'
'How can I', he replied 'unless I have someone to guide me?'
So he invited Philip to get in and sit by his side.

Now the passage of scripture he was reading was this:
Like a sheep that is led to the slaughter-house,
like a lamb that is dumb in front of its shearers,
like these he never opens his mouth.
He has been humiliated and has no one to defend him.
Who will ever talk about his descendants, since his life on earth has been cut short!

The eunuch turned to Philip and said,
'Tell me, is the prophet referring to himself or someone else?'
Starting, therefore, with this text of scripture Philip proceeded to explain the Good News of Jesus to him.

Further along the road they came to some water, and the eunuch said,
'Look, there is some water here; is there anything to stop me being baptised?'
He ordered the chariot to stop, then Philip and the eunuch both went down into the water and Philip baptised him. But after they had come up out of the water again Philip was taken away by the Spirit of the Lord, and the eunuch never saw him again but went on his way rejoicing.

Philip found that he had reached Azotus and continued his journey proclaiming the Good News in every town as far as Caesarea.

The Word of the Lord.               Thanks be to God.

Responsorial Psalm            Ps 65
Response                                  Cry out with joy to God all the earth.
Or                                               Alleluia!

1. O peoples, bless our God, let the voice of his praise resound,
of the God who gave life to our souls and kept our feet from stumbling.               Response

2. Come and hear, all who fear God. I will tell what he did for my soul:
to him I cried aloud, with high praise ready on my tongue.                                      Response

3. Blessed be God who did not reject my prayer
nor withhold his love from me.                                                                                        Response

Gospel Acclamation
Alleluia, Alleluia!
The Lord, who hung for us upon the tree, has risen from the tomb.
Alleluia!


or                                              Jn 6: 51 
Alleluia, Alleluia!
I am the living bread which has come down from heaven, says the Lord.
Anyone who eats this bread will live for ever.

Alleluia!


GOSPEL                             

The Lord be with you.          And with your spirit
A reading from the Gospel according to John 6:44-51       Glory to you, O Lord
I am the living bread which has come down from heaven.

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esus said to the crowd:
'No one can come to me unless he is drawn by the Father who sent me, and I will raise him up at the last day.
It is written in the prophets: They will all be taught by God to hear the teaching of the Father, and to learn from it,
is to come to me.
Not that anybody has seen the Father, except the one who comes from God: he has seen the Father.

I tell you most solemnly, everybody who believes has eternal life.
I am the bread of life. Your fathers ate the manna in the desert and they are dead;
but this is the bread that comes down from heaven,
so that a man may eat it and not die.
I am the living bread which has come down from heaven.
Anyone who eats this bread will live for ever;
and the bread that I shall give is my flesh, for the life of the world.'

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

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Gospel
Reflection               Thursday             Third Week of Easter       John 6:44-51

In the gospel reading, Jesus declares that all who come to him have been drawn to him by the Father, ‘No one can come to me unless drawn by the Father who sent me’. God is always drawing us towards his Son, who says of himself in the gospel reading, ‘I am the bread of life’. God often draws us to his Son in and through other people of faith.

In the first reading, God initially draws the Ethiopian to his Son through the Scriptures. When the Ethiopian reflects on a passage from Isaiah, he begins to ask questions, ‘Is the prophet referring to himself or someone else?’ He needed the help of a person of faith to answer this question, the help of the deacon Philip. God who began to draw the Ethiopian to his Son through the Scriptures now draws him fully to his Son through the spiritual accompaniment of Philip, the preacher of the gospel. Philip’s ministry to the Ethiopian led the Ethiopian to take an initiative of his own, ‘Look, there is some water here; is there anything to stop me being baptized?’ It is as if the final step of God drawing the Ethiopian to his Son was through the medium of creation, water. Having allowed God to work through him to bring the Ethiopian to Jesus, Philip moved on from him, and the Ethiopian continued on his way rejoicing. God will find many ways of bringing us to his Son, if we allow ourselves to be drawn.

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The Scripture Readings are taken from The Jerusalem Bible, published 1966 by Darton, Longman & Todd Ltd. and used with the permission of the publishers.  http://dltbooks.com/
The Scripture Reflection is made available with our thanks from his book Reflections on the Weekday Readings 2024: The Word is near to you, on your lips and in your heart by Martin Hogan and published by Messenger Publications 2022/23, c/f www.messenger.ie/bookshop/

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Liturgical Readings for: Thursday, 18th April, 2024
CÉAD LÉACHT   

Sliocht as Leabhar Gníomhartha na nAspal     8:26-40    
An dtuigeann tú a bhfuil agat á léamh?

Labhair aingeal an Tiarna le Pilib:
Éirigh", ar seisean, “agus gluais leat ó dheas an bóthar a ghabhann ó Iarúsailéim go Gazá; sin é bóthar an fhásaigh.”
D’éirigh sé agus chuir chun bóthair. Agus tharla ag dul an bealach sin coillteán Aetópach, fear a bhí ina ardoifigeach ag Candacae, banríon na nAetópach, agus ina choimeádaí ar a cuid maoine uile. Bhí sé tar éis teacht go hIarúsailéim ag adhradh Dé agus bhí sé ar a shlí abhaile agus é ina shuí ina charráiste agus ag léamh Íseáia fáidh.

Labhair an Spiorad le Pilib: “Gabh suas chun an charráiste agus siúil lena thaobh.”
Rith Pilib anonn agus nuair a chuala sé an coillteán ag léamh Íseáia fáidh, labhair sé leis:
An dtuigeann tú a bhfuil agat á léamh?” ar seisean.
Conas a thuigfinn,” d’fhreagair an coillteán, “gan duine éigin a mhíneodh dom é?”
agus d’iarr ar Philib suí in airde leis. Is é seo an giota den scrioptúr a bhí a léamh aige:
Seoladh é amhail caora chun a choscartha, agus amhail uan a bheadh ina thost os comhair an lomadóra, níor oscail sé a bhéal.
Ó tugadh céim síos dó ní raibh cothrom le fáil aige.
Cé a dhéanfaidh trácht ar a shliocht mar tógadh as an saol seo é.”

Labhair an coillteán le Pilib:
Inis dom,” ar sé, “cé dó a bhfuil an fáidh ag tagairt? Cé acu dó féin atá sé ag tagairt nó do dhuine éigin eile?”
Bhog Pilib chun cainte, agus ag tosú ón dréacht seo den scrioptúr d’fhógair sé dó an dea-scéal faoi Íosa. Bhí siad ag cur an bhóthair díobh nuair a tháinig siad chun lochán uisce.
Féach,” arsa an coillteán, “tá uisce anseo. Cad é an bac atá ormsa mo bhaisteadh?”
Dúirt Pilib leis: “Má chreideann tú ó do chroí go hiomlán, is ceadmhach duit.”
D’fhreagair sé agus dúirt: “Creidim gurb é Mac Dé é Íosa Críost.”

D’ordaigh sé an carráiste a stop, chuaigh siad beirt, Pilib agus an coillteán, síos isteach san uisce agus bhaist Pilib é. Ach ar theacht amach as an uisce dóibh, d’ardaigh Spiorad an Tiarna Pilib chun siúil agus ní fhaca an coillteán é níos món agus chuir sé chun bóthair go lúcháireach. Tháinig Pilib go hAzótas agus ghluais sé ag fógairt an dea-scéil ar fud na mbailte go léir nó go dtáinig sé go Céasaráia.

Briathar an Tiarna                    Buíochas le Dia

Salm le Freagra                   Sm 65
Freagra                                    Gairdigí i láthair Dé, a thíortha uile
Malairt Freagra                    Alleluia!  

1. Beannaígí dár nDia, a chiníocha, go gcluintear a mholadh os ard,
Óir is é a thug beatha dár n-anam agus nár lig dár gcosa bheith ag tuisliú.                     Freagra

2. Téanaigí, a bhfuil eagla Dé oraibh, go n-inseoidh mé a ndearna sé do m’anam.
Ghlaoigh mé os ard air le mo bhéal agus rinne mé a mholadh le mo theanga.               Freagra

3.  Moladh le Dia nár eitigh mé ar m’achainí, agus nár tharraing a bhuanghrá uaim.  Freagra

SOISCÉAL          

Go raibh an Tiarna libh.                  Agus le do spiorad féin
Sliocht as an Soiscéal naofa de réir Naomh Eoin         6:45-51              Glóir duit, a Thiarna.
Má itheann duine an t-arán seo mairfidh sé go deo.


San am sin dúirt Íosa leis na slua

“Ní féidir d’aon duine teacht chugam, gan an tAthair a chuir uaidh mé á tharraingt,
agus tógfaidh mise suas é an lá deireanach.
Tá sé scríofa sna fáithe: Beidh siad go léir á dteagasc ag Dia.’
An té a chluineann teagasc an Athar,agus a fhoghlaimíonn,tagann sé chugamsa.
Ní hé go bhfaca aon duine an tAthair; ach an té atá tagtha ón Athair, chonaic seisean an tAthair.
Amen, Amen, a deirim libh, an té a chreideann, tá an bheatha shíoraí aige.
Mise arán na beatha. D’ith bhur n-aithreacha manna san fhásach agus fuair siad bás.
Is é seo an t-arán a thagann anuas ó neamh,
i dtreo má itheann duine é nach bhfaighidh sé bás.
Is mise an t-arán beo a tháinig anuas ó neamh.
Má itheann duine an t-arán seo mairfidh sé go deo, agus an t-arán a thabharfaidh mé uaim is é m’fheoil é [a thabharfar] ar son bheatha an domhain.”

Soiscéal an Tiarna.       Moladh duit, a Chriost



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Liturgical Readings for: Sunday, 21st April, 2024

Fourth Sunday of Easter
Day of Prayer for Vocations
This is Good Shepherd Sunday, a day of special prayer for vocations to the work of service in the Church.
Christ is the good shepherd who has given his life for his sheep. Salvation is to be found in no one else but him.
He is the one shepherd of one flock. He has laid down his life that all might be saved.


FIRST READING  

A reading from the Book Acts of the Apostles     4:8.12 .
This is the only one by which we can be saved.

name JesusFilled with the Holy Spirit, Peter said:
'Rulers of the people, and elders! If you are questioning us today about an act of kindness to a cripple, and asking us how he was healed, then I am glad to tell you all, and would indeed be glad to tell the whole people of Israel, that it was by the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, the one you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by this name and by no other that this man is able to stand up perfectly healthy, here in your presence  today. This is the stone rejected by you the builders, but which has proved to be the keystone. For of all the names in the world given to men, this is the only one by which we can be saved.'

The Word of the Lord.               Thanks be to God

Responsorial Psalm             Ps 117
Response                                   The stone which the builders rejected has become the corner stone.
or                                                 Alleluia!

1. Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, for his love has no end.
It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in men:
it is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in princes.      Response

2. I will thank you for you have given answer and you are my saviour.
The stone which the builders rejected has become the corner stone.
This is the work of the Lord, a marvel in our eyes.                        Response

3. Blessed in the name of the Lord is he who comes.
We bless you from the house of the Lord;
I will thank you for you have given answer and you are my saviour.
Give thanks to the Lord for he is good; for his love has no end. Response

SECOND READING         

A reading from the first letter of St John     3:1-2
We shall see God as he really is.


Think of the love that the Father has lavished on us,
by letting us be called God's children; and that is what we are.
Because the world refused to acknowledge him,
therefore it does not acknowledge us.
My dear people, we are already the children of God
but what we are to be in the future has not yet been revealed;
all we know is, that when it is revealed we shall be like him
because we shall see him as he really is.

The Word of the Lord.          Thanks be to God

Gospel Acclamation       Jn 10: 14
Alleluia, alleluia!
I am the good shepherd; I know my own and my own know me
Alleluia!

GOSPEL 

The Lord be with you              And with your spirit.
A reading from the holy Gospel according to John 10:11-18           Glory to you, O Lord
The good shepherd lays down his life for his sheep.

Jesus said:
'I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd is one who lays down his life for his sheep.
The hired man, since he is not the shepherd and the sheep do not belong to him,
abandons the sheep and runs away as soon as he sees a wolf coming,
and then the wolf attacks and scatters the sheep;
this is because he is only a hired man and has no concern for the sheep.
Jesus good shep1

I am the good shepherd; I know my own and my own know me,
just as the Father knows me and I know the Father;
and I lay down my life for my sheep.
And there are other sheep I have that are not of this fold, and these I have to lead as well.
They too will listen to my voice, and there will be only one flock, and one shepherd.

The Father loves me, because I lay down my life in order to take it up again.
No one takes it from me; I lay it down of my own free will,
and as it is in my power to lay it down, so it is in my power to take it up again;
and this is the command I have been given by my Father.'

The Gospel of the Lord.            Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.
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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, 21st April, 2024
CÉAD LÉACHT 

 Sliocht as Leabhar Gníomhartha na nAspal            4:8-12
Níl slálú i neach ar bith eile.

happy JESUSDúirt  Peadar leo agus é lán den Spiorad Naomh:
A cheannairí an phobail,” ar seisean, “agus a sheanóirí, más mar gheall ar mhaith a dhéanamh do dhuine easlán atáimidne dár scrúdú inniu agus mar gheall ar an tslí inar leigheasadh é, bíodh a fhios agaibhse go léir agus ag pobal Iosrael ar fad gur in ainm Íosa Críost Nazórach – an fear a chéas sibhse ar chrois ach ar thóg Dia ó mhairbh é – gur ina ainm sin atá an duine seo ina sheasamh os bhur gcomhair ina shláinte. Is é seo ‘an chloch dar dhiúltaigh sibhse, na saoir, agus a ndearnadh di ceann an chúinne,’ níl slánú le fáil i nduine ar bith eile mar níl aon ainm eile faoin spéir dár tugadh do dhaoine lena dtig linn slánú a bhaint amach.”

Briathar an Tiarna                    Buíochas le Dia

Salm le Freagra                    Sm 117
Freagra                                   An chloch dár dhiúltaigh na saoir, rinne ceann an chúinne di.
Mafairt Freagra                   Alleluia!

I. Tugaigí buíochas don Tiarna toisc gur maith é: óir maireann a ghrá de shío r.
Is fearr dul i muinín an Tiarna, ná bheith ag brath ar an duine.
Is fearr dul i muinín an Tiarna, ná bheith ag brath ar fhlatha.                           Freagra


2. Gabhaim buíochas leat de bhrí gur éist tú liom agus gur tú mo shlánaitheoir.
An chloch dár dhiúltaigh na saoir, rinne ceann an chúinne di.
Is é an Tiarna a rinne é seo, agus is éachtach linne é.                                          Freagra


3. Is beannaithe in ainm an Tiarna an té atá ag teacht. Beannaimid sibh as teach an Tiarna;
gabhaim buíochas leat de bhrí gur éist tú liom agus gur tú mo shlánaitheoir.
Tugaigí buíochas don Tiarna toisc gur maith é: maireann a ghrá de shíor.    Freagra


DARA LÉACHT   

Sliocht as an chéadLitir Naomh Eoin       3:1-2
Feícfimid Día mar atá sé.

A clann ionúin, breathnaígí cad é mar ghrá a thug an tAthair dúinn!
go nglaofaí clann Dé orainn, agus is amhlaidh sinn.
Sé an fáth nach n-aithníonn an saol sinne mar nár aithin sé eisean.


Chairde cléibh, is clann Dé cheana féin sinn,
agus níor foilsíodh fós cé mar a bheimid;
ach nuair a fhoilseofar é,
is feasach sinn go mbeimid ina chosúlachtsan,
mar go bhfeicfimid é mar atá sé.

Briathar an Tiarna                   Buíochas le Dia

Alleluia Véarsa                  Eo 10: 14
Alleluia, Alleluia
Is mise an t-aoire maith,' a deir an Tiarna.
AithnÍm mo chaoirigh féin, agus aithníonn mo chaoirigh féin mé'
Alleluia!

SOISCÉAL 

Go raibh an Tiarna libh.            Agus le do spiorad féin
Sliocht as Soiscéal naofa de réir Naomh Mhatha,  Eoin   10:11-18                Glóir duit, a Thiarna.
Tugann an t-aoire maith a bheatha ar son a chaorach.

San am sin dúirt Íosa
Mise an sáraoire, Tugann an sáraoire a bheatha ar son a chaorach.
An fostúch, nach bhfuil ina aoire, agus nach leis féin na caoirigh,
feiceann sé an mac tíre ag teacht, agus fágann na caoirigh agus teitheann, agus fuadaíonn an mac tíre iad agus scaipeann.
[Teitheann sé] de bhrí gur fostúch é, agus gur cuma leis mar gheall ar na caoirigh.

Ach is mise an sáraoire,Jesus good shep1 agus aithním mo chuid féin,
agus aithníonn mo chuid féin mé, faoi mar a aithníonn an tAthair mé,
agus mar a aithnímse an tAthair.
Agus tugaim mo bheatha ar son mo chaorach. Tá caoirigh eile agam chomh maith,
nach den chró seo iad.
Ní foláir dom iad sin a thabhairt chomh maith, agus éistfidh siad le mo ghlór,
agus beidh aon tréad amháin ann, agus aon aoire amháin.
Mar gheall air seo atá grá ag an Athair dom mar go bhfuilim ag tabhairt mo bheatha uaim, chun go nglacfainn chugam arís í.

Níl aon duine á tógáil uaim; is uaim féin a thugaim uaim í,
agus tá sé ar mo chumas í a thabhairt uaim agus tá sé ar mo chumas í a ghabháil chugam arís.
Sin í an aithne a fuair mé ó m’Athair.”

Soiscéal an Tiarna.       Moladh duit, a Chriost



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Machtnamh ar Bhriathar Dé dia 4ú Domhnach na Cásca 
Caidreamh pearsanta
Léiríonn íomhá an  aoire, an nádúr pearsanta atá sa ghaol idir Íosa agus a lucht leanúna. Léiríonn sé an dlúthchúram pearsanta  a dhéanann an t-aoire leis na caoirigh. Tá an t-aoire imithe ag lorg aon chaora  amháin a d'imigh ar strae,  agus nuair a fuair sé é, d'iompair sé ar a ghualainn é ar ais go dtí an tréad. Tá dlúthbhaint idir an tréadaí agus an caora seo. Aithníonn sé a chuid féin mar a n-aithníonn siad é, díreach mar a aithníonn an tAthair é agus go n-aithníonn Sé an tAthair. Tá Íosa ag rá go bhfuil a chaidreamh an-phearsanta san lena Athair neamhaí cosúil leis an gcaidreamh atá aige do  gach duine againn. Tá go leor ann chun  machtnamh air. I dtuairim  an Tiarna ní rud beag i measg slua sinn, caillte i lár an aonaigh mar a déarfá.  Ar bhealach nach dtuigfimid, tá aithne ag an Tiarna ar gach duine againn de réir ainm. Is mór aige sinn ar bhealach pearsanta agus iarann sé orainn teagmháil a dhéanamh leis ar bhealach pearsanta, freisin.

Pádraig Ó Rúairí, cp,
Sliabh Argus,
Átha Cliath.
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