Parish TV

NEXT LIVE SERVICE

Now
Playing
- Daily Mass
St. Patrick's Cathedral, Armagh

PLAYLIST

Now
Playing
The Pope Video - The future of the very...
Length: 1 mins
Now
Playing
BLOC: An Sagart Óg
Length: 5 mins
Now
Playing
The Pope Video - Dialogue and...
Length: 1 mins
Now
Playing
BLOC: Creideamh
Length: 4 mins
Now
Playing
The Pope Video - Missionary Spring in...
Length: 1 mins
Now
Playing
The Pope Video - The priests' way of...
Length: 1 mins
Now
Playing
The Pope Video - Doctors in war-torn...
Length: 1 mins
Now
Playing
The Pope Video - Recognition of the...
Length: 1 mins
Now
Playing
Celtic Passage - Deirdre Ní Chennéide
Length: 5 mins
Now
Playing
The Pope Video - Human Trafficking...
Length: 1 mins
Now
Playing
The Pope Video - The Church in Africa -...
Length: 1 mins
Now
Playing
The Pope Video - September 2019 -...
Length: 1 mins

Featured

Light Up a Memory Mass 2019

Date: 30th November 2019
Location: Missionaries of the Sacred Heart Church, Cork

The Pope Video – December 2019

The future of the very young

Christian Radio Stations

Christian Radio Stations

Latest News

Striving to be like Him

Ever striving to be like Him,

I’ll do the best I can

To follow in His footsteps

And serve my fellow man.

 

Ever striving to be like Him,

I’ll comfort those in need

By a daily word of kindness

Or by a loving deed.

 

Ever striving to be like Him,

I’ll love my neighbour more

And share His living Presence with

The man who lives next door.

 

Author: Joan Hardin.

Dec 16 - The Seven Thai Martyrs of Songkhon (d. 1940)

Summary:The Seven Thai Martyrs of Songkhon.  In 1940 before the Japanese invasion of Thailand there was a reaction against things Western and foreign. In this atmosphere there were pockets of persecution of Christians. This led to the martyrdom of seven Catholics in the village of Songkhon in north-east Thailand. They were beatified by Pope John Paul II in 1989.

Here Patrick Duffy tells their story.

Background
The first missionaries to Thailand were Portuguese Dominicans who in 1554 arrived in Siam, as it was then known. Siam  was a Buddhist kingdom, but Christians were welcomed as bringing new knowledge. By the 19th century most Catholic missionaries were from the Paris Foreign Missions Society (Société des Missions Étrangères de Paris - MEP), living in enclaves and exempt from national jurisdiction and taxation. During the 1930s Western influence decreased, and there was a growing sense of crisis as Japan invaded China and threatened south-east Asia. The country's name was changed to Thailand in 1939. The government adopted a nationalistic and anti-western stance, and Christianity was branded "the foreign religion". Churches and schools were requisitioned, and Thai Christians were put under pressure. The Vichy Government established after the fall of France in 1940 allowed the Japanese to set up bases in northern Vietnam, and the Thai government responded by invading French Indo-China (present-day Laos and Cambodia). Japan invaded Thailand in 1941 to secure bases to advance into Malaya and Singapore, and the Thai government signed an alliance that lasted until the Japanese were defeated in 1945.

The Seven Martyrs Catholic Church at Songkhon, Mukdahan

The village of Songkhon
In this tense atmosphere preceding the Japanese invasion the usually tolerant Thais found "the foreign religion" an easy scapegoat, although Catholicism had been in Thailand for over three hundred and fifty years. In the winter of 1940 the police moved into the village of Songkhon in the north-east, near the Mekong River, which formed the border with Laos and Cambodia. All the people in this village were Catholics. The police banished and deported the parish priest. Then, shooting guns in the air, they went from door to door intimidating the people, ordering them to abandon their faith in Christ. Naturally the people were nervous and frightened, but they remained quiet and continued to practise.

Philip Siphong 
Phillp siphongLocal catechist Philip Siphong gave moral and physical support, visiting each family, praying with and encouraging them. He received a letter asking him to go to meet to the Sheriff of Mukdahan. On his way, as he passed through a forest, he was ambushed, tortured and shot. It was 16th December 1940. Villagers recovered his body. The two nuns of the Congregation of Lovers of the Holy Cross, Agnes Phila and Lucia Khambang, continued catechising in the village school, telling their pupils that Philip was a martyr. Police continued harrassment, firing guns in the air and shouting insults. They told the Sisters to dress as proper Thai women and to stop teaching Christianity.


Christmas Day confrontation

On Christmas Day, Mr. Lue, the police officer in charge of Songkhon, came to the Sisters' house and found they were still instructing the children in the Catholic faith. The officer told the Sisters: "I've told you many times not to speak about Jesus. You must not mention God in Thailand, otherwise I'll kill you all." Sister Agnes, conscious of her role as community leader, was annoyed. She said to the police officer: "Sir, do you really mean that you will kill us all because we are Catholics and loyal to our Catholic faith?" He replied: "I do, I will kill all of you, if you continue to talk about God like this." Sister Agnes replied: "Be sure you have enough guns and bullets."

Letter
That same night, Sister Agnes Phila wrote a letter in the name of all who lived in the convent:
To the Chief of Police in Songkhon:

Yesterday evening you received your order to wipe out, definitely, the name of God, the Only Lord of our lives and minds. We adore Him only, Sir. A few days earlier, you had mentioned to us that you would not wipe out the name of God and we were rather pleased with that in such a way that we put away our religious habits which showed that we were His handmaids. But it is not so today. We do profess that the religion of Christ is the only true religion. Therefore, we would like to give our answer to your question, asked yesterday evening which we did not have a chance to respond to because we were unprepared for it. Now we would like to give you our answer. We are asking you to carry out your order with us. Please do not delay any longer. Please carry out your order: We are ready to give back our lives to God who has given them to us. We do not wish to be the prey of the devils. Please carry out your order. Please open the door of heaven to us so that we can confirm that outside the religion of Christ no one can go to heaven. Please do it. We are well prepared. When we will be gone, we will remember you. Please take pity on our souls. We will be thankful to you and will be grateful to you for it. And on the last day we will see each other face to face. Do wait and see, please. We keep your commands, oh God, we wish to be witnesses to You; dear God. We are: Agnes, Lucia, Phuttha, Budsi, Buakhai, Suwan. We would like to bring little Phuma along with us because we love her so much. We have already made up our minds, dear Sir.
Thai Female martyrsThe execution
Next day, on the feast of St Stephen, the first martyr, 26th December 1940, the police arrived at the convent and shouted: "When you are ready, Sisters, go straight to the bank of the Mekong River." But Sister Agnes objected, "No, that is not the place for us to die for Christ. We must go to the cemetery, the holy place." The two sisters with some women and girls walked in line to the cemetery, singing hymns. They called to the people, saying: "Good bye, we are going to heaven, we are going to become martyrs for Christ."

Martyrs_of_SongkhonA young girl in the line named Suwan was willing to become one of the martyrs. But her father, hearing what was happening, rushed to the scene and rescued his daughter, despite her pleas and her clinging to Sister Agnes. The others continued singing hymns and praying. When they arrived at the cemetery, the police shot them.

The villagers, watching the scene from the bushes, rushed in. Sister Agnes and Phorn were still alive, but badly wounded. She called back the police and they shot them dead.

Another young girl called Sorn saw that her clothes were splashed with blood, but had no bullet wounds. The bystanders told her: "You’d better run home”. So she did, and lived on in Songkhon into the late 1990s. She was an excellent catechist.

The only punishment the Chief of Police received was to be transferred to another station.

Investigation and beatification
After a canonical investigation into the case of these seven Servants of God, reports for consideration of their beatification and canonisation as martyrs of the Church were sent to the Sacred Congregation for the Causes of Saints in Rome. In a great ceremony in 1986 in the Church of the Holy Redeemer in the village of Songkhon the remains of all seven were re-interred. Pope John Paul II beatified them in Rome on Mission Sunday, 22nd October 1989.

The full names of the Seven Blessed Martyrs of Songkhon are:

Blessed Philip Siphong, catechist, 33 years old
Blessed Sister Agnes Phila, 31 years old
Blessed Sister Lucia Khambang, 23 years old
Blessed Agatha Phutta, 59 years old
Blessed Cecilia, 16 years old
Blessed Bibiana Khamphai, 15 years old
Blessed Maria Phorn, 14 years old.

[caption id="attachment_89628" align="aligncenter" width="280"]The tombs of the seven martyrs of Songkhon The tombs of the seven martyrs of Songkhon[/caption]

 

 
Liturgical Readings for: Monday, 16th December, 2019
FIRST READING             

A reading from the book of  Numbers           24:2-7. 15-17
A star of Jacob takes the leadership.

R
aising his eyes Balaam saw Israel, encamped by tribes;
the spirit of God came on him and he declaimed his poem. He said:


'The oracle of Balaam son of Beor,
The oracle of the man with far-seeing eyes,
the oracle of one who hears the word of God.
He sees what Shaddai makes him see,
receives the divine answer, and his eyes are opened.
How fair are your tents, O Jacob!
How fair your dwellings, Israel!
Like valleys that stretch afar,
like gardens by the banks of a river,
like aloes planted by the Lord,
like cedars beside the waters!
A hero arises from their stock,
he reigns over countless peoples.
His king is greater than Agag,
his majesty is exalted.'

Than Balaam declared his poem again. He said:
The oracle of the man with far-seeing eyes,
the oracle of one who hears the word of God,
of one who knows the knowledge of the the Most High
He sees what Shaddai makes him see,
receives the divine answer, and his eyes are opened.Jesus comes
I see him - but not in the present,
I behold him – but not close at hand:
a star from Jacob takes the leadership,
a sceptre arises from Israel.

The Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm            Ps 24
Response                             Lord, make me know your ways.

1  Lord, make me know your ways.
    Lord, teach me your paths.
    Make me walk in your truth, and teach me:
    for you are God my saviour.                    Response

2  Remember your mercy, Lord,
    and the love you have shown from of old.
    In your love remember me,
    because of your goodness, O Lord.        Response

3  The Lord is good and upright.
    He shows the path to those who stray,
    he guides the humble in the right path;
    he teaches his way to the poor.               Response


Gospel  Acclamation    
Alleluia, alleluia!
The Lord will come, go out to meet him.
Great is his beginning and his reign will have no end.
Alleluia!

Or                                         Ps 84:8
Alleluia, alleluia!
Let us see, O Lord,  your mercy
and give us your saving help.
Alleluia!


GOSPEL                               

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew     21:23-27
John’s baptism: where did it come from?


Jesus- and phrisees

Jesus had gone into the Temple and was teaching, when the chief priests and the elders of the people came to him and said, 'What authority have you for acting like this? And who gave you this authority?'

'And I' replied Jesus 'will ask you a question, only one; if you tell me the answer to it, I will then tell you my authority for acting like this. John's baptism: where did it come from: heaven or man?'

And they argued it out this way among themselves, 'If we say from heaven, he will retort, "Then why did you refuse to believe him?" but if we say from man, we have the people to fear, for they all hold that John was a prophet.' So their reply to Jesus was, 'We do not know.' And he retorted, 'Nor will I tell you my authority for acting like this.'

The Gospel of the Lord.

**********************

Gospel Reflection       Monday, Third Week of Advent              Matthew 21:23-27

Authority can easily become a contentious issue. Who has authority? Who has the right to exercise it? How should authority be exercised? In our time ‘authority’ has become a somewhat negative word. Authority figures get a bad press, sometimes with very good reason. The issue of authority is central to today’s gospel reading. Jesus had just performed a somewhat provocative act in the Temple in Jerusalem, driving out those who were buying and selling, overturning the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves. Those who considered themselves to have authority in the temple understandably demanded to know who gave Jesus the authority to do what he had just done. We know the answer to that question. Jesus was acting on the authority of God. Jesus considered the Temple to be the house of his Father; that gave him all the authority he needed to do what he did. Today’s gospel reminds us that when it comes to our faith, the ultimate authority is Jesus. We constantly have to submit our lives to God’s Son. All human authority, including human religious authority, is secondary compared to the authority of Jesus. He alone is Lord of our lives. The Lord’s authority is one which shows itself not in dominating others but in serving them. At the last supper, Jesus declared himself to be the Lord and Master of his disciples and, yet, he washed their feet, rendering them what would have been considered a demeaning service. He was showing them and us how authority in his name is to be exercised.

________________________________

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 comes from: Weekday Reflections for the Liturgical Year 2018/2019; I Want to Know Christ by Martin Hogan, published by The Messenger  c/f   www.messenger.ie/bookshop/

________________

 

 
Liturgical Readings for: Monday, 16th December, 2019
CHÉAD LÉACHT          

Sliocht as leabhar  Uimh              24: 2-7
Faigheann réalta ó Iacób an cheannasaíocht.

D'
ardaigh Balám a shúile agus chonaic Iosrael suite ina gcampa, treibh ar
threibh. Luigh spiorad Dé air agus chan sé a laoi, agus dúirt:
“Céalmhaine Bhalám mac Bheór,
céalmhaine an té ar gruama é a radharc,
céalmhaine an té a chluineann briathar Dé.

Feiceann sé a dtugann an tUilechumhachtach dó le feiceáil;
faigheann sé freagra ó Dhia, agus osclaítear a shúile.
Nach álainn iad do bhothanna, a Iacóib!
nach álainn iad d’áitribh, a Iosrael.
Is cuma iad nó gleannta a shíneann i gcéin,
nó luibhghoirt ar insí abhann,
nó crainn aló a chlannaigh an Tiarna,
nó crainn chéadrais láimh leis na huiscí!
[Tá laoch ag eascar as a síol
agus ag rialú ar chiníocha gan áireamh.]
Is mó ná Agag a rí,
agus uaisleofar a mhórgacht.

Deir Balám arís;

“Céalmhaine Bhalám mac Bheór,Jesus comes
céalmhaine an té ar gruama é a radharc,
céalmhaine an té a chluineann briathar Dé,
agus ar fios dó eolas an Té is Airde.

Feiceann sé a dtugann an tUilechumhachtach dó le feiceáil;
faigheann sé freagra ó Dhia, agus osclaítear a shúile.
Feicim é – ach ní anois é;
faighim radharc air – ach ní láimh liom é:
Faigheann réalta ó Iacób an cheannasaíocht;
Éiríonn slat ríoga as Iosrael.

Briathar Dé.  

Salm le Freagra          Sm 24
Freagra                          Táispeáin do shlite dom, a Thiarna.

I. Táispeáin do shlite dom, a Thiarna,
agus téagasc dom do rianta.
Treoraigh mé i d'fhírinne agus téagasc mé,
óir is tusa, a Dhia, mo Shlánaitheoir.                Freagra

2. Ortsa a bhím ag feitheamh ar feadh an lae,
mar gheall ar do chineáltas, a Thiarna.
Cuimhnigh ar do thrócaire, a Thiarna,
agus ar do bhuanghrá atá ann ó na cianta.
Ná cuimhnigh ar chionta m'óige,
ach amháin ar do bhuanghrá féin.                    Freagra

3. Is maith is is díreach é an Tiarna.
Uime sin muineann tslí do na peacaigh.
Díríonn sé an fear umhal san fhíréantacht;
múineann shlí don fhear umhal.                        Freagra

Alleluia                            Lc 3:4, 6 
Alleluia, alleluia!
A spéartha, fearaigí anuas fíréantacht mar bheadh drúcht ann, ligeadh na néalta anuas í ina báisteach!
Osclaíodh an talamh lena gabháil agus tagadh an slánú aníos ina gheamhar!
Alleluia!

SOISCÉAL             

Sliocht as an Soiscéal naofa de réir Naomh Matha             21:23-27
Baisteadh Eoin, cárbh as dó? Ó neamh nó ó dhaoine.


Jesus- and phrisees

Bhí Íosa tar éis teacht isteach sa Teampall agus bhí sé ag teagasc nuair a tháinig uachtaráin na sagart agus seanóirí an phobail chuige agus dúirt siad: “Cén t-údarás atá agat leis na nithe seo a dhéanamh, agus cé thug an t-údarás sin duit?”

Dúirt Íosa leo á bhfreagairt: “Agus tá aon cheist amháin agamsa le cur oraibhse, agus má thugann sibh an freagra dom, inseoidh mé daoibh ansin cén t-údarás atá agam leis na nithe seo a dhéanamh. Baisteadh Eoin, cárbh as dó? Ó neamh nó ó dhaoine?” Ach bhí siad ag machnamh mar seo ina gcroí: “Má deirimid: ‘Ó neamh,’ déarfaidh sé linn: ‘Cén fáth nár chreid sibh ann, mar sin?’ Ach má deirimid: ‘Ó dhaoine,’ tá eagla orainn roimh na daoine, mar tá meas fáidh acu uile ar Eoin.” Agus is é freagra a thug siad ar Íosa: “Níl againn.” Dúirt seisean leo mar an gcéanna: “Nílimse chun a insint daoibhse ach oiread cén t-údarás atá agam leis na nithe seo a dhéanamh.”

Soiscéal Dé.



AN BÍOBLA NAOFA
© An Sagart
Liturgical Readings for: Sunday, 22nd December, 2019

 - 22-12-2019 -


4th Sunday of Advent


Our attention is now directed fully to the coming of Christ in the Christmas mystery. The Preface calls us to wonder at this great happening, to prepare for Christmas in prayer and praise. The psalm tells us to purify our hearts as preparation. Prayer and reconciliation should be features of these days.


FIRST READING

A reading from the book of the Prophet Isaiah        7:10-14
The maiden is with child.

T
he Lord spoke to Ahaz and said, 'Ask the Lord your God for a sign for yourself coming either from the depths of Sheol or from the heights above'. 'No,' Ahaz answered 'I will not put the Lord to the test.'  Then Isaiah said:


Listen now, House of David:
are you not satisfied with trying the patience of men
without trying the patience of my God, too?
The Lord himself, therefore,
will give you a sign.
It is this: the maiden is with child 
and will soon give birth to a son
whom she will call 'Immanuel, '
a name which means “God is with us.”


The Word of the Lord


Responsorial Psalm        Ps 23
Response                            Let the Lord enter! He is the king of glory.

1. The Lord's is the earth and its fullness,
     the world and all its peoples.
     It is he who set it on the seas;
    on the waters he made it firm.             Response


2. Who shall climb the mountain of the Lord?
    Who shall stand in his holy place?
    The man with clean hands and pure heart,
    who desires not worthless things.    Response


3. He shall receive blessings from the Lord
    and reward from the God who saves him.
    Such are the men who seek him,
    seek the face of the God of Jacob.    Response


SECOND READING        Romans 1:1-7
Jesus Christ, descendant of David, Son of God.

risen JesusF
rom Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus who has been called to be an apostle, and specially chosen to preach the Good News that God promised long ago through his prophets in the scriptures.

This news is about the Son of God who, according to the human nature he took was a descendant of David: it is about Jesus Christ our Lord who, in the order of the spirit, the spirit of holiness that was in him, was proclaimed Son of God in all his power through his resurrection from the dead.

Through him we received grace and our apostolic mission to preach the obedience of faith to all pagan nations in honour of his name. You are one of these nations, and by his call belong to Jesus Christ. To you all, then, who are God's beloved in Rome, called to be saints, may God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ send grace and peace.

The Word of the Lord

Gospel  Acclamation          Mt 1:23
Alleluia, alleluia!
'The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son and they will call him Emmanuel,
a name which means 'God-is-with-us'.
Alleluia!

GOSPEL
A reading from the Gospel according to Matthew        1:18-24
Jesus is born of Mary who was betrothed to Joseph, son of David.

T
his is how Jesus Christ came to be born. His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph; but before they came to live together she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit. Her husband Joseph; being a man of honour and wanting to spare her publicity, decided to divorce her informally. He had made up his mind to do this when the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, 'Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because she has conceived what is in her by the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son and you must name him Jesus, because he is the one who is to save his people from their sins.' Now all this took place to fulfil the words spoken by the Lord through the prophet:Joe and mary

'The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son
and they will call him 'Emmanuel,'
a name which means 'God-is-with-us'.

When Joseph woke up he did what the angel of the Lord had told him to do: he took his wife to his home.


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, 22nd December, 2019

-22-12- 2016 -


AN CEATHRÚ DOMNACH DEN AIDBHINT


CÉAD LÉACHT

Sliocht as an Leabhar Íseáia         7:10-14
Ta an óghbhean ag iompar.

Labhair an Tiarna le hÁchaz arís agus dúirt: “Iarr comhartha duit féin ar an Tiarna do Dhia, as duibheagáin Sheól aníos nó thuas in arda na spéartha.” D’fhreagair Áchaz: “Ní iarrfaidh, níl mé chun dúshlán an Tiarna a thabhairt.” Ansin dúirt sé:

“Éistigí mar sin, a theaghlach Dháiví,
an é nach beag daoibh sárú ar dhaoine
go gcaithfidh sibh mo Dhia a shárú ina theannta sin?
Is é an Tiarna féin mar sin a thabharfaidh comhartha daoibh.
Seo, tá an ógbhean ag iompar
agus ar tí mac a shaolú,
agus tabharfaidh sí Ímeánuéil mar ainm air.
is é sin, “tá Dia-linn.

Briathar Dé.

Salm le Freagra         Sm 23
Freagra                        Tagadh an Tiarna isteach! Is e Rí na glóire é.

I.  Leis an Tiarna an chruinne agus a bhfuil inti:
an domhan go léir agus a maireann ann.
Is é féin a bhunaigh ar an aigéan é,
agus a dhaingnigh ar an bhfarraige íochtarach é.   Freagra


2. Cé a rachaidh suas ar chnoc an Tiarna?
Cé a bheidh ina sheasamh ar a láthair naofa?
An té a bhfuil lámha gan smál agus croí glan aige,
an té ar beag air nithe gan tairbhe.                            Freagra


3.  Beidh beannacht an Tiarna ar an té sin
agus luach saothair ó Dhia a shlánaitheoir.
A leithéid siúd a bhíonn á lorg,
a bhíonn ar thóir Dhia Iácób.                                     Freagra


 

DARA LÉACHT

Sliocht as Litir Naomh Pól chuig na Rómhánaigh          1:1-7
losa Críost, de shliocht Dháivi, Mac Dé.

Mise Pól, searbhónta Íosa Críost, a bhfuil glaoite air chun bheith ina aspal risen Jesus atá dealaithe amach chun dea-scéal Dé. An dea-scéal seo, a gheall Dia roimh ré trína chuid fáithe sna scríbhinní naofa,  is faoina Mhac féin é, ár dTiarna Íosa Críost. Rugadh eisean sa mhéid gur duine é de shliocht Dháiví: ach sa mhéid gur spiorad na naofachta é tá sé oirnithe i gcumhacht mar Mhac do Dhia ó aiséirí dó ó mhairbh. Is trídsean a fuair mise grásta an aspail chun géillsine an chreidimh a leathadh ar son a ainm i measc na náisiún uile. Orthusan chomh maith tá sibhse a bhfuil glaoite oraibh chun bheith ina sheilbh ag Íosa Críost. Chugaibhse go léir sa Róimh, más ea, a bhfuil grá ag Dia daoibh agus a bhfuil glaoite oraibh chun bheith in bhur bpobal naofa aige, guím grásta agus síocháin ó Dhia ár nAthair agus ón Tiarna Íosa Críost.

Briathar Dé.

Alleluia                       Mth 1:23
Alleluia, alleluia!
Beidh an mhaighdean torrach agus béarfaidh si mac agus bhéarfar Emmanúél mar ainm air
-ainm a chiallaionn 'tá-Dia-linn'.
Alleluia!

SOISCÉAL 

Sliocht as Soiscéal naofa de réir Naomh Mhatha        1:18-24
Seasfaidh flaitheas Dháivi go daingean i la’thair an Tiarna.

Seo mar a tharla Íosa Críost a shaolú. Bhí Muire, a mháthair, luaite le Iósaef, agus sula ndearnadar aontíos, fuarthas torrach í ón Spiorad Naomh. dhuine cóir a fear céile Iósaef, ach níorbh áil leis go dtabharfaí míchlú di, agus chinn sé í a scaoileadh uaidh os íseal. Ag machnamh ar an méid sin dó, áfach, thaispeáin aingeal ón Tiarna é féin do I mbrionglóid agus dúirt: “A Iósaef, a mhic Dháiví, ná bíodh eagla ort do bhean chéile Muire a thabhairt abhaile leat, óir, an leanbh atá gafa aici, is ón Spiorad Naomh é. Béarfaidh sí mac, agus tabharfaidh tú Íosa mar ainm air, óir slánóidh sé a phobal óna bpeacaí.” Thit an méid sin go léir amach chun go gcomhlíonfaí a ndúirt an Tiarna tríd an bhfáidh:

“Beidh an mhaighdean torrach agus béarfaidh sí macJoe and mary
agus tabharfar Imeánuéil mar ainm air”– ainm a chiallaíonn: Tá Dia linn.

Dhúisigh Iósaef agus d’éirigh, agus rinne mar d’ordaigh aingeal an Tiarna dó: a bhean a thabhairt abhaile leis. Ach ní raibh cuid aige di nó gur rug sí mac, agus thug sé Íosa mar ainm air.


Soiscéal Dé






AN BÍOBLA NAOFA
© An Sagart