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Date: Friday 9th November at 7:30 pm
Location: Sligo Cathedral

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Pope Francis: '...Let us not allow ourselves to be robbed of missionary enthusiasm and let us pray'

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Prayer of humility.


You may remember the account of the ridiculed beggar who said to Jesus: “have pity on me.” In the same collection of parables from Luke’s Gospel, there is the story of the Pharisee and the tax collector at the temple. As the Pharisee self-righteously thinks about how devout he is, the tax collector humbly offers the simple prayer, “O God, be merciful to me a sinner.” This is the source for the Christian practice called the Jesus Prayer, which is beloved by mystics in the West and is central to the Orthodox faith: “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.” The prayer can be repeated many times, sometimes for hours or throughout the day. These prayers do not contain any spiritual pride, no litany of requests and no expectations – simply a posture of pure humility.

Let us pray: I stand before you, Lord, in all my imperfection. Please accept me and do with me as you will.

Compiled by Deirdre Powell

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

Nov 20 - St Edmund martyr, king, (841-870)

ed1jpgSt Edmund became King of East Anglia at the age of fifteen and fought against the Danes who had invaded England. Defeated, he was captured and refusing to deny his Christian faith, he was tortured and put to death. Later his body was removed to the place which now bears the name of Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk. He was patron of England before St George and there is a campaign to have him reinstated. Patrick Duffy tells his story.

Christian king of East Anglia
Edmund was born of Saxon stock and was brought up a Christian. Though only about fifteen years old when crowned on Christmas Day 855, Edmund showed himself a model ruler from the first, treating all his people with equal justice, and known as refusing to listen to flatterers and informers. In his eagerness for prayer he retired for a year to his royal tower at Hunstanton in Norfolk where he learned the whole Psalter by heart, so he could afterwards recite it regularly.

Resisting the Vikings
In 870 two Danish chiefs Hinguar and Hubba invaded his kingdom and at first he drove them back. They withdrew to Northumbria but soon returned with greater numbers, and pressed terms upon him which as a Christian he felt bound to refuse. In his desire to avert a fruitless massacre, he disbanded his troops and retired towards Framlingham in Suffolk. The conditions of surrender the Vikings offered involved the betrayal of his people and the rejection of his Christian faith, so he refused.

edmund Martyrdom at Hoxne in Suffolk
Edmund was tied to a tree and whipped at Hoxne in Suffolk. He bore this torture patiently, calling on the name of Jesus. At last worn out by his constancy, the Vikings began to shoot arrows at him until his body looked like that of a hedgehog. At this stage, Hinguar commanded his head to be cut off. Edmund was 29 years old. From his first burial-place at Hoxne his relics were taken in the tenth century to Beodricsworth, since called Bury St. Edmunds, where a shrine and abbey were erected in his honour.

Patron saint of England?

Saint King Edmund's tomb at Windsor Castle.

Devotion to St. Edmund the martyr became very popular in England. Many churches were dedicated in his honour. He was regarded as patron saint of England until during the reign of Henry II (1154-89), he was partly eclipsed by St Edward the Confessor (1003-66). The cult of St George came to England with knights returning from the Crusades at the end of the twelfth century and it was during the reign of King Edward III (1327-77) who dedicated a chapel at Windsor Castle to the soldier that George came to be recognised as the patron saint of the English monarchy. Currently there is a campaign to have St Edmund reinstated as England's patron.

In art
St Edmund's feast is observed on 20th November, and he is represented in Christian art with sword and arrow, the instruments of his torture.
Liturgical Readings for: Tuesday, 20th November, 2018

A reading from the Book of the Apocalypse             3:1-6. 14-22
If one of you opens the door, I will come in to share his meal.

I, John heard the Lord saying to me: 'Write to the angel of the church in Sardis and say, "Here is the message of the one who holds the seven spirits of God and the seven stars: I know all about you: how you are reputed to be alive and yet are dead. Wake up; revive what little you have left: it is dying fast. So far I have failed to notice anything in the way you live that my God could possibly call perfect, and yet do you remember how eager you were. when you first heard the message? repentant sinnerHold on to that. Repent. If you do not wake up, I shall come to you like a thief, without telling you at what hour to expect me. There are a few in Sardis, it is true, who have kept their robes from being dirtied, and they are fit to come with me, dressed in white. Those who prove victorious will be dressed, like these, in white robes; I shall not blot their names out of the book of life, but acknowledge their names in the presence of my Father and his angels. If anyone has ears to hear, let him listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches."

'Write to the angel of the church in Laodicea and say, "Here is the message of the Amen, the faithful, the true witness, the ultimate source of God's creation: I know all about you: how you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were one or the other, but since you are neither, but only lukewarm, I will spit you out of my mouth. You say to yourself, 'I am rich, I have made a fortune, and have everything I want', never realising that you are wretchedly and pitiably poor, and blind and naked too. I warn you, buy from me the gold that has been tested in the fire to make you really rich, and white robes to clothe you and cover your shameful nakedness, and eye ointment to put on your eyes so that you are able to see. I am the one who reproves and disciplines all those he loves: so repent in real earnest. Look, I am standing at the door, knocking. If one of you hears me calling and opens the door, I will come in to share his meal, side by side with him. Those who prove victorious I will allow to share my throne, just as I was victorious myself and took my place with my Father on his throne. If anyone has ears to hear, let him listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches.

The Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm       Ps 14
Response                           Those who prove victorious I will allow to share my throne.

1. Lord, who shall be admitted to your tent?
He who walks without fault;
he who acts with justice
and speaks the truth from his heart;
he who does not slander with his tongue.   Response

2. He who does no wrong to his brother,
who casts no slur on his neighbour,
who holds the godless in disdain,
but honours those who fear the Lord.           Response

3. He who takes no interest on a loan
and accepts no bribes against the innocent.
Such a man will stand firm for ever.              Response

Gospel  Acclamation   Ps 129: 5
Alleluia, alleluia!
My soul is waiting for the Lord, I count on his word.
Alleluia !

Or                                        1 Jn 4: 10
Alleluia, alleluia!
God so loved us when he sent his Son
to be the sacrifice that takes our sins away.
Alleluia !


A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke        19:1-10
The Son of Man has come to seek out and save what was lost.

Jesus and zaccJesus entered Jericho and was going through the town when a man whose name was Zacchaeus made his appearance; he was one of the senior tax collectors and a wealthy man. He was anxious to see what kind of man Jesus was, but he was too short and could not see him for the crowd; So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree to catch a glimpse of Jesus who was to pass that way. When Jesus reached the spot he looked up and spoke to him: 'Zacchaeus, come down. Hurry, because I must stay at your house today.' And he hurried down and welcomed him joyfully. They all complained when they saw what was happening. 'He has gone to stay at a sinner's house' they said. But Zacchaeus stood his ground and said to the Lord, 'Look, sir, I am going to give half my property to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody I will pay him back four times the amount' And Jesus said to him, 'Today salvation has come to this house, because this man too is a son of Abraham; for the Son of Man has come to seek out and save what was lost'.

The Gospel of the Lord.

Gospel Reflection       Tuesday        Thirty Third Week in Ordinary Time         Luke 19:1-10

Zacchaeus had a lot going for him. He was wealthy; he had a responsible job, a chief tax collector. He probably had a fine house by the standards of the time. Yet, there was a kind of restlessness about him. He was searching for something more. He had heard about Jesus and when Jesus came to his home city of Jericho he literally went out on a limb to see him, climbing a sycamore tree. This would have been considered a very undignified way for someone of his standing to behave. He was used to being dismissed by others as a ‘sinner’. Yet, there was a great deal more to him than that. He may not have been a saint but he wasn’t satisfied with where he was in his life. As he went searching for Jesus, he discovered that Jesus was searching for him. Once Zacchaeus put himself in the way of meeting Jesus by climbing that tree, Jesus addressed him by name, invited himself to Zacchaeus’ house and declared that he had come to seek out and to save the lost, people like Zacchaeus. There is something of Zacchaeus in all of us. We are seekers; we are aware of some kind restlessness of spirit within us. Only the Lord can respond to that restlessness fully and today’s gospel reading reminds us that he seeks us out even before we begin to seek for him. He is always coming towards us, calling us by name, asking to be admitted to our table, into our hearts. His love for us is prior to our love for him and it remains constant even when our love for him grows cold.


The scripture readings are taken from THE JERUSALEM BIBLE, published by Darton, Longman and Todd Ltd and used with the permission of the publishers.

The Gospel reflection comes from: Weekday Reflections for the Liturgical Year 2017/2018; ‘Let the word of God dwell in you’ by Martin Hogan, published by The Messenger c/f
Liturgical Readings for: Tuesday, 20th November, 2018

Sliocht as  Leabhar Apacailipsis         3:1-6. 14-22
Má oscail aon duine an doras dom, tiocfaidh mé isteach agus beidh bia agam fairis agus aigesean faramsa.

Mise, Eoin, cuala mé an Tiarna á rá liom: “Scríobh go dtí aingeal na heaglaise i Sairdis: ‘Mar seo a deir an té ag a bhfuil seacht spiorad Dé agus na seacht réalta: Is eol dom d’oibreacha, go bhfuil tú in ainm a bheith beo, ach gur marbh thú. Dúisigh agus neartaigh a bhfuil fágtha agus ar tí báis, óir ní bhfuair mé d’oibreacha foirfe os comhair mo Dhé. Cuimhnigh más ea cad a ghlac tú agus a chuala tú, agus coinnigh do ghreim agus déan aithrí. Mura ndúisí tú, tiocfaidh mé mar ghadaí agus ní bheidh a fhiosrepentant sinner agat cén uair a thiocfaidh mé ort. Ach tá beagán agat i Sairdis, daoine nár shalaigh a n-éidí; agus siúlóidh siad faram in éidí geala óir is fiú iad é. An té a bheireann bua beidh sé gléasta mar sin in éidí geala, agus ní scriosfaidh mé a ainm as leabhar na beatha, agus admhóidh mé a ainm os comhair m’athar agus os comhair a aingeal. An té a bhfuil cluas air, éisteadh sé lena bhfuil á rá ag an Spiorad leis na heaglaisí.’

“Scríobh go dtí aingeal na heaglaise i Láoidícéa: ‘Mar seo a deir an tAmen, an finné dílis fírinneach, céadtús chruthúnas Dé. Is eol dom d’oibreacha, nach fuar thú agus nach te. Uch nach fuar nó te thú! De bhrí go bhfuil tú alabhog, gan a bheith fuar ná te, táim chun tú a sceitheadh as mo bhéal amach. Óir deir tú: “Táim saibhir, táim faoi chonách, níl aon easpa orm”; agus gan a fhios agat go bhfuil tú dearóil, truamhéileach, bocht, dall, gan éadach. Comhairlím duit ór a cheannach uaim atá profa sa tine, chun go mbeifeá saibhir; agus éidí geala le cur ort chun nár léir náire do bhall nocht; agus uinnimint le do shúile a ungadh chun go mbeadh radharc agat. An lucht dá dtugaim grá, ceartaím agus smachtaím; bí díograiseach, uime sin, agus déan aithrí. Seo mé i mo sheasamh ag an doras, agus ag bualadh air; má chloiseann aon duine mo ghuth agus an doras a oscailt dom, tiocfaidh mé isteach chuige agus beidh bia agam fairis agus aigesean faramsa. An té a bheireann bua, tabharfaidh mé cead dó suí taobh liom i mo ríchathaoir, faoi mar a bhí an bua agamsa agus gur shuigh mé taobh le m’athair ina ríchathaoir. An té a bhfuil cluas air, éisteadh sé lena bhfuil á rá ag an Spiorad leis na heaglaisí.’”

Briathar Dé.  

Salm le Freagra        Sm 14
Freagra                       An té a bheireann bua tabharfaidh mé cead dó suí taobh liom ar mo ríchathaoir.
1. A Thiarna, cé dhéanfaidh cónaí i do bhoth?
An té a shiúlann gan cháim;
an té a dhéanann fíréantacht
agus a labhraíonn go díreach óna chroí;
An té nach ndéanann tromaíocht lena theanga.      Freagra

2. An té nach ndéanann olc dá chomharsa
is nach dtugann masla don duine thall;
an té ar beag aige an drochdhuine
agus ar mór aige lucht eagla an Tiarna.                     Freagra

3. An té nach gcuireann a chuid airgid ar úsaireacht,
’s nach nglacann le breab in aghaidh an neamhchiontaigh.
An té a dhéanfaidh amhlaidh
ní bhainfear dá threoir é go brách.                             Freagra

Sliocht as an Soiscéal naofa de réir Naomh Lúcás       19:1-10
Tháinig Mac an Duine chun an rud a bhí caillte a lorg agus a shlánú.

San am sin ar theacht isteach in Ireachó dó, bhí Íosa ag gabháil tríd. Agus fear darbh Jesus and zaccainm Zacháias a bhí ina cheannphoibleacánach agus é saibhir, bhí sé ag iarraidh radharc a fháil ar Íosa, cérbh é féin; ach ní fhéadfadh de dheasca an tslua, óir bhí sé íseal ina phearsa. Agus rith sé roimhe chun cinn agus chuaigh in airde i gcrann seiceamair chun go bhfeicfeadh sé é, óir is thairis sin a bhí sé le gabháil. Nuair a tháinig Íosa go dtí an áit, bhreathnaigh sé suas agus dúirt leis: “A Zacháias, déan deifir agus tar anuas, óir is i do theachsa nach foláir dom fanacht inniu.” Agus tháinig sé anuas go deifreach agus chuir fáilte roimhe go háthasach. Ar a fheiceáil sin do chách, bhí siad ag monabhar á rá: “Tá sé tar éis dul ar lóistín ag peacach.” Ach dúirt Zacháias go croíúil leis an Tiarna: “Is é a dhéanfaidh mé, a Thiarna, leath mo mhaoine a thabhairt do na boicht, agus má bhain mé aon ní go héagórach d’aon duine, déanfaidh mé aisíoc leis faoi cheathair.” Dúirt Íosa leis: “Tá slánú tar éis teacht chun an tí seo inniu, mar is mac d’Abrahám an duine seo freisin: óir tháinig Mac an Duine chun an rud a bhí caillte a lorg agus a shlánú.”

Soiscéal Dé

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Liturgical Readings for: Sunday, 25th November, 2018


(34th and Last Sunday in Ordinary time)

Our Lord Jesus Christ the Universal King

Scripture theme
Christ, King of the Universe. Christ did not seek earthly domination in his kingship, but rather the liberation of the weak and oppressed. The Christian community shares in the royal dignity of Christ by showing to the world that service which was Christ's.


A reading from the book of the Prophet  Daniel         7:13-14
His sovereignty is an eternal sovereignty.
Jesus coming on cloudsgazed into the visions of the night.
And I saw, coming on the clouds of heaven,
one like a son of man.
He came to the one of great age
and was led into his presence.
On him was conferred sovereignty,
glory and kingship,
and men of all peoples, nations and languages became his servants.
His sovereignty is an eternal sovereignty
which shall never pass away,
nor will his empire be destroyed.

The Word of the Lord

Responsorial Psalm            Ps 92
Response                                The Lord is king, with majesty enrobed.

1. The Lord is king, with majesty enrobed;
the Lord has robed himself with might,
he has girded himself with power.         Response

2. The world you made firm, not to be moved;
your throne has stood firm from of old.Jesus 2nd coming
From all eternity, 0 Lord, you are.        Response

3. Truly your decrees are to be trusted.
Holiness is fitting to your house,
O Lord, until the end of time.                Response

A reading from the Book of the  Apocalypse          1:5-8
Ruler of the kings of the earth... he made us a line of kings, priests to serve his God.

Jesus Christ is the faithful witness, the First-born from the dead,the Ruler of the kings of the earth. He loves us and has washed away our sins with his blood, and made us a line of kings, priests to serve his God and Father; to him, then, be glory and power for ever and ever. Amen. It is he who is coming on the clouds; everyone will see him, even those who pierced him, and all the races of the earth will mourn over him. This is the truth. Amen. 'I am the Alpha and the Omega' says the Lord God, who is, who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.

Gospel Acclamation        Mt 24:42
Alleluia, alleluia!
Blessings on him who comes in the name of the Lord!
Blessings on the coming kingdom of our father David!


A reading from the holy Gospel according to John     18:33-37
It is you who say I am a king.

    Kingdom of God'Are you the king of the Jews?' Pilate asked. Jesus replied, 'Do you ask this of your own accord, or have others spoken to you about me?' Pilate answered, 'Am 1 a Jew? It is your own people and the chief priests who have handed you over to me: what have you done?' Jesus replied, 'Mine is not a kingdom of this world; if my kingdom were of this world, my men would have fought to prevent my being surrendered to the Jews. But my kingdom is not of this kind.' 'So you are a king then? said Pilate. 'It is you who say it,' answered Jesus.

'Yes, 1 am a king. 1 was born for this, 1 came into the world for this: to bear witness to the truth; and all who are on the side of truth listen to my voice.'

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, 25th November, 2018

Sollúntas Ár dTiarna Íosa Críost Rí na nUile


Sliocht as Leabhar Dhainéil , Fáidh.         7:13-14
Tiarnas síoral a thiarnas

Jesus coming on cloudsChonaic mé i bhfíseanna oíche.
Féach! neach ag teacht ar néalta neimhe,
amhail mac an duine.
Thainig sé chun Sinsir na Laethanta,
agus cuireadh os a chomhair é.
Dó síud tugadh tiarnas,
glóir is ardfhlaitheas,
go bhfónfadh dó an uile phobal, chine agus theanga.
Tiarnas síoral a thiarnas,
nach rachaidh ar ceal,
ná ní scriosfar a ríocht.

Briathar Dé.  

Salm le Freagra                Sm 92
Freagra                                Tá an Tiarna ina Rí: tá sé gléasta le maorgacht.

1. Tá an Tiarna ina Rí: tá sé gléasta le maorgacht;
chlúdaigh sé é féin le neart,
chrioslaigh sé é féin le cumhacht.            Freagra

2. Bhunaigh tú an domhan go dobhogtha;
tá do chathaoir arna daingniú ó na cianta.
Ón tSíoraíocht atá tusa ann, a Thiarna.  Freagra

3. Is dearfa go deimhin do reachtanna.
Is do do theachsa is cuí an naofacht,
a Thiarna, go brách an breithe.                Freagra

DARA LÉACHT           

Sliocht as  Leabhar Apacailipsis       1:5-8
Rialtóir ríthe an domhain... rinne sé ríocht agus sagairt dá Dhia agus da Athair dínn.

Jesus 2nd comingIs é Íosa Críost an finné dflis, an chéadghin ó mhairbh, rialtóir ríthe an domhain. Don té a bheir grá dúinn, agus a scaoil sinn ónár gcionta trína fhuil féin, agus a rinne ríocht agus sagairt dá Dhia agus da Athair dínn, don té sin go raibh glóir agus cumhacht ar feadh na síoraíochta. Amen. Féach, tá sé ag teacht ar néalta neimhe, agus feicfidh gach duine lena súile cinn é, fiú iad siúd a tholl é, agus beidh ciníocha uile an domhain ag déanamh mairgní dá bharr. Abair é! Amen. 'Mise an tAlfa agus an tÓmega,' a deir an Tiarna Dia, an té atá, a bhí agus atá le teacht, Rialtóir an Uile.

Briathar Dé. 


Alleluia Véarsa                    Mc 11: 10
Alleluia, alleluia!
Is beannaithe an té atá ag teacht in ainm an Tiarna!
Is beannaithe ag teacht í, Ríocht ár nAthar, Daivi!


Sliocht as an Soiscéal naofa de réir Naomh Eoin         18:33-37
De réir mar a deir tú, is rí me.

San am sin dúirt Pioláit Ie hÍosa: 'An tusa Rí na nGiúdach?' D'fhreagair Íosa: 'An uait féin a deir tú Kingdom of God an meid sin, nó an daoine eile a dúirt leat e mar gheall orm?' D'fhreagair Pioláit: 'An Giúdach mise? Do náisiún féin agus uachtaráin na sagart a thug ar láimh dom thú. Cad tá déanta agat?' D'fhreagair Íosa: 'Ní den saol seo mo ríocht. Dá mba den saol seo mo ríocht, throidfeadh mo sheirbhísigh ionas nach dtabharfaí ar láimh do na Giúdaigh mé. Ach anois ní as seo mo ríocht.' Dúirt Pioláit leis: 'Ach is rí thú ámh?' D'fhreagair Íosa: 'De réir mar a deir tú, is rí me. Is é fáth ar rugadh mé agus ar tháinig mé ar an saol, chun fianaise. a thabhairt ar an bhfirinne. Gach aon duine ar den fhírinne é, éisteann sé le mo ghlór.'

Soiscéal Dé

Machtnamh ar Bhriathar Dé dia Domhnaigh Sollúntas Ár dTiarna Íosa Críost Rí na nUile

Ríocht na Córa, an Ghrá agus na Síochána

Is é an príomh-bhealach praiticiúil chun urram a thabhairt do Chríost ár Rí ná a bheith ag obair chun teacht ar a ríocht. Is é an rud a dhéanaimid le faoiseamh na n-úsáideoirí díothacha agus dífhostaithe go bhfuil seirbhís le Críost, mar a shainaithníonn sé go pearsanta leis na daoine atá ag teastáil. Ní féidir leis an deisceabal Chríost an Rí an sócmhainn a choimeád féin agus mé féin nó "Bhuel is dochair dom duine ar bith." Is é a bheith bodhar chun cries an chomharsa atá i ngátar ná ár gcluasa a dhúnadh go Críost. Is é a bheith dall ar an bhriseadh ar an bháis ná na súile a dhúnadh air. Má leanamar Íosa Críost mar ár rí-Shepherd ní mór dúinn a bheith ar bhealach éigin féin, mar gheall air féin.

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


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