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All-knowing and caring God.

 

All-knowing and caring God,

you are ever with me in my rising and resting,

in my joys and sorrows.

Continue to encircle me in your protective care

and shield me from taking the wrong path.

Your intimate knowledge of me is beyond my grasp,

but I trust in you totally.

Through the hours of this day walk with me,

and when night comes,

watch over me and grant me to sleep securely,

in the certainty of your unconditional love.

This prayer I make in the name of Jesus. Amen.

Source: The Psalms, Human Voices of Prayer and Suffering by Carmel McCarthy RSM.

May 24 - St David of Scotland (1085-1153)

David of WalesDavid was the youngest son of King Malcolm III (Canmore) of Scotland and his wife Margaret who is herself a saint (c/f 16th Nov.)  He contributed enormously to setting up civilising and religious institutions in Scotland. Patrick Duffy tells his story.

An English earl through marriage
Although David spent most of his childhood in Scotland, he was educated  for some years at the Anglo-Norman court. and when his brother Alexander acceded to the throne of Scotland in 1107, David became prince of Cumbria. He married Matilda, daughter of Waldef, earl of Northampton and Huntingdon and thus became an English earl. As prince of Cumbria he was entitled to an inheritance in southern Scotland.

King of Scotland: involved in the civil war in England
On Alexander's death, David became king of Scotland rather reluctantly in 1124. In the civil war between Stephen and Matilda in England (1141-54) he was involved on the side of Matilda, his sister, and consort of the late King Henry I. He suffered some defeats and his soldiers committed some atrocities. From then on he devoted his attention to Scotland and only then grew into his Scottish inheritance. He brought with him many knights and courtiers from Norman England - many of whom became the future aristocrats and even kings of Scotland - including Bruce, Balliol and FitzAlan (who later became the Stuart kings).

King David I (1085-1153) oversaw the continuing development of the Scottish state and the organisation of Christianity within it.

The Davidian revolution: building up of institutions in Scotland
David reorganised the institutions of Scotland. He set up royal burghs in Stirling, Perth and Dunfermline and founded bishoprics at Bredin, Dunblane, Caithness, Ross and Aberdeen. He also endowed monasteries: the Augustinian Canons at Holyrood, Cistercians at Melrose and Benedictines at Dunfermline. When his wife died, he gave even more attention to religious matters - reciting the Divine Office himself and giving alms. In all he exercised an wholly civilising influence.

Death and eulogy of Aelred of Rievaulx
David died on 24th May 1153 and was buried at Dunfermline, where his cult continued until the Reformation. Abbot Aelred of Rievaulx, who had been a steward at David's court in his youth, delivered the eulogy, praising his reluctance to become king, his sense of justice and his accessibility to everyone. Certainly David's period as king heightened the national reputation of Scotland.
Liturgical Readings for: Sunday, 24th May, 2020

The Ascension of the Lord-Year A


FIRST READING

A reading from the Acts of the Apostles           1:1-11
He was lifted up while they looked on.


ascension-1In my earlier work, Theophilus, I dealt with everything Jesus had done and I taught from the beginning until the day he gave his instructions to the apostles he had chosen through the Holy Spirit, and was taken up to heaven. He had shown himself alive to them after his Passion by many demonstrations: for forty days he had continued to appear to them and tell them about the kingdom of God. When he had been at table with them, he had told them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait there for what the Father had promised. 'It is' he had said 'what you have heard me speak about: John baptised with water but you, not many days from now, will be baptised with the Holy Spirit.'

Now having met together, they asked him, 'Lord, has the time come? Are you going to restore the kingdom to Israel?' He replied, 'It is not for you to know times or dates that the Father has decided by his own authority, but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you, and then you will be my witnesses not only in Jerusalem but throughout Judaea and Samaria, and indeed to the ends of the earth'.

As he said this he was lifted up while they looked on, and a cloud took him from their sight. They were still staring into the sky when suddenly two men in white were standing near them and they said, 'Why are you men from Galilee standing here looking into the sky? Jesus who has been taken up from you into heaven, this same Jesus will come back in the same way as you have seen him go there.'

The Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm    Ps 46
Response                         God goes up with shouts of joy; the Lord goes up with trumpet blast.
or                                       Alleluia!
1. All peoples, clap your hands,
cry to God with shouts of joy!
For the Lord, the Most High, we must fear,
great king over all the earth.                  Response

2. God goes up with shouts of joy;
the Lord goes up with trumpet blast.
Sing praise for God, sing praise,
sing praise to our king, sing praise.      Response

3. God is king of all the earth.
Sing praise with all your skill.
God is king over the nations;
God reigns on his holy throne.               Response
SECOND READING

A reading from the letter of St Paul to the Ephesians 1:17-23
He made him sit at his right hand in heaven

sittingMay the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, give you a spirit of wisdom and perception of what is revealed, to bring you to full knowledge of him. May he enlighten the eyes of your mind so that you can see what hope his call holds for you, what rich glories he has promised the saints will inherit and how infinitely great is the power that he has exercised for us believers. This you can tell from the strength of his power at work in Christ, when he used it to raise him from the dead and to make him sit at his right hand, in heaven, far above every Sovereignty, Authority, Power, or Domination, or any other name that can be named not only in this age but also in the age to come.

He has put all things under his feet and made him, as the ruler of everything, the head of the Church; which is his body, the fullness of him who fills the whole creation.

The Word of the Lord.


Gospel Acclamation           Mt 28: 19
Allelluia, alleluia!
Go, make disciples of all the nations;
I am with you always; yes, to the end of time.
Alleluia!

GOSPEL
A reading from the Gospel according to Matthew           28:16-20 .
Jesus saviourAll authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.


The eleven disciples set out for Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had arranged to meet them. When they saw him they fell down before him, though some hesitated. Jesus came up and spoke to them. He said,

'All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
Go, therefore, make disciples of all the nations;
baptise them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
and teach them to observe all the commands I gave you.

'And know that I am with you always; yes, to the end of time.'

The 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, 24th May, 2020

Deascabháil Ár dTiarna


CÉAD LÉACHT

Sliocht as Gníomhartha na nAspal           1:1-11
Tógadh suas os comhair a súl é.

ascension-1Thug mé cuntas cheana, a Theofail, ar gach a ndearna Íosa agus ar ar thug sé de theagasc uaidh ó thús go dtí an lá a tógadh suas ar neamh é, tar éis dó a chuid orduithe a thabhairt le cabhair an Spioraid Naoimh do na haspail a bhí tofa aige. i ndiaidh a pháise is iomaí cruthú a thug sé dóibh go raibh sé beo, á nochtadh féin dóibh ar feadh daichead lá agus ag cur síos ar ríocht Dé. Uair dá raibh sé ina gcuibhreann d’ordaigh sé dóibh gan corraí ó Iarúsailéim ach fanacht ann go dtí go gcomhlíonfaí gealltanas an Athar, “An gealltanas úd,” ar sé, “ar chuala sibh mé ag trácht air: rinne Eoin baisteadh le huisce, ach déanfar sibhse a bhaisteadh leis an Spiorad Naomh i gceann beagán laethanta.”

Más ea, nuair a bhí siad cruinnithe le chéile, thosaigh siad á cheistiú: “A Thiarna,” ar siad, “an anois atá tú chun ríocht Iosrael a athbhunú?” Ach d’fhreagair sé iad: “Ní aon chuid de bhur ngnósa é eolas a fháil ar na hamanna na ar na tráthanna atá leagtha amach ag an Athair as a údarás féin. Ach gheobhaidh sibh neart an Spioraid Naoimh atá le tuirlingt oraibh agus beidh sibh in bhur bhfinnéithe ormsa in Iarúsailéim agus ar fud Iúdáia go léir agus na Samáire agus a fhad le himeall an domhain.”

Ar rá an méid sin dó, tógadh suas os comhair a súl é agus d’ardaigh scamall as a radharc é. Fad a bhí siad ag stánadh in airde sa spéir ina dhiaidh sheas beirt fhear in éadaí bána ina n-aice.

“A fheara na Gailíle,” ar siad, “cad ab áil libh in bhur seasamh ansin ag amharc in airde sa spéir?

An Íosa seo a tógadh suas ar neamh uaibh, tiocfaidh sé an tslí chéanna ina bhfaca sibh ag dul suas é.”

Sin é Briathar Dé. 

Salm le Freagra           Sm 46
Freagra                            Gabhann Dia in airde le gártha molta; gabhann sé in airde le séideadh an stoic.
Malairt Freagra          Alleluia!

I. Buailigí bhur mbosa, a chiníocha uile,
gairdigí do Dhia Ie teann lúcháire!
Óir is ard é an Tiarna agus is uamhnach,
ina ardrí os cionn na cruinne.                       Freagra


2. Gabhann Dia in áirde le gártha molta;
gabhann sé in airde le séideadh an stoic.
Seinntear ceol dár nDia; seinntear ceol dó
Seinntear ceol dár rí; seinntear ceol dó    Freagra


3. Is é Dia rí na cruinne go léir.
Seinnigí agus canaigí ar bhur ndíheall dó
Tá Dia ina rí ar na náisiúin;
tá sé ina shuí ar a chathaoir naofa.               Freagra



DARA LÉACHT 

Sliocht as céad Litir Naomh Pól chuig na hEifísigh        1:17-23
Chui sé ina shuí ar a dheis fin sna flaithis é.

 sittingA bhráithre, bím á iarraidh ar Dhia ár dTiarna Íosa Críost, ar Athair na Glóire, spiorad na heagna agus na géarchúise a thabhairt daoibh chun go gcuirfeadh sibh aithne air. Go soilsítear súile bhur n-aigne ar shlí go dtuigfidh sibh cad é mar údar dóchais daoibh bhur ngairm aige agus cad é mar oidhreacht fhairsing ghlórmhar atá aige i ndán don phobal naofa agus ollmhaitheas na cumhachta a chuir sé i bhfeidhm ar ár son-na, creidmhigh – an chumhacht éachtach úd a chuir sé ag obair i gCríost nuair a thóg sé ó mhairbh é agus chuir ina shuí ar a dheis sna flaithis é go hard os cionn gach ceannas agus údarás agus cumhacht agus tiarnas agus os cionn gach ainm dar féidir a ainmniú ní sa saol seo amháin é ach sa saol atá le teacht chomh maith. Agus chuir sé gach ní faoina smacht agus cheap é, os cionn gach ní, ina cheann ar an Eaglais is corp dó agus arb í iomláine an té úd a líonann gach ní go hiomlán í.

Briathar Dé

Alleluia Véarsa                       Mt 28: 19-20
Alleluia, Alleluia!
Imigí, deanaigí deisceabail de na nárisiúin uile,' a deir an Tiarna;
'Táim in éineacht libh i gcónai go dtí deireadh an tsaoil.'
Alleluia!

Jesus saviourSOISCÉAL

Sliocht as Soiscéal naofa de réir Naomh Mhatha         28:16-20
Tá gach údardas tugtha domsa ar neamh agus ar talamh.

San am sin d’imigh an t-aon deisceabal déag leo go dti an Ghailil, go dti an sliabh a cheap Iosa mar ionad coinne dóibh, agus ar a fheiceãil dóibh d’umhlaiodar dó, ach go raibh amhras ar chuid acu.
Tháinig losa chucu agus labhair sé leo: ‘Ta gach údarãs tugtha domsa ar neamh agus ar talamh. Imigí dá bhri sin. déanaigí deisceabail de na náisiúin uile, a mbaisteadh in ainm an Athar agus an Mhic agus an Spioraid Naoimh, ag múineadh dóibh gach ní atá ordaithe agam a choinneáil.

Agus féach tâim in éineacht libh i gcónai go dtí deireadh an tsaoil.’

Soiscéal Dé.



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

- Vigil and Feast of Pentecost  -



Saturday Vigil Mass


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

FIRST READING      

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


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

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

The Word of the Lord
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Alternative First Readings   

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


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

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

The Word of the Lord

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


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

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

The Word of the Lord

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SECOND READING       

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

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

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

The Word of the Lord

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

GOSPEL                      

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


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

 Pentecost Sunday



FIRST READING


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SEQUENCE

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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



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

GOSPEL

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

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

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

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



Taken from THE JERUSALEM BIBLE, published and copyright 1966, 1967 and 1968 by Darton, Longman and Todd Ltd and Doubleday, a division of Random House Inc, and used by permission of the publishers.
Liturgical Readings for: Sunday, 31st May, 2020
Domhnach Cincisa


 

CÉAD LÉACHT

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

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

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

Briathar Dé.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Briathar Dé.

ROSC




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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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



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


SOISCÉAL


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


San am sin dúirt Íosa lena dheisceabail

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


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


Soiscéal Dé



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