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A place for everyone.

 

The Beatitudes represents the promise of God’s blessings on the “poor in spirit”, “those who mourn”, “the meek”, “the hungry and thirsty”, the merciful and those fighting for justice”, “the clean of heart”, and “the persecuted and the insulted”.

There is no such thing as failure, when we are in that place where God wants us to be. Every person, in the anonymity of their lives, is blessed and is a blessing to others. God watches over and takes care of those who encounter the divine and remain faithful to what he has called them to be. We rejoice and are glad in who we are – blessed – and this is why the kingdom of heaven can be ours.

In God’s kingdom, the good news is that all needs are freely and graciously met – the sick are healed, the hungry are fed and the dead are raised.

Let us recall the passage in Jeremiah (29:11-13):-

I know the plans I have for you – it is the Lord who speaks

Plans for peace and not disaster.

Reserving a future full of hope for you.

When you call me, and come to me and pray to me

I will listen to you.

When you seek me you will find me.

 

Compiled by Deirdre Powell

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Source: sundaythoughts.com by Fr. Martin Tierney (adapted).

Jan 29 - St Gildas (500-570) itinerant monk

gildas 1Gildas is best known for his historical work De excidio Britanniae, ("On the Ruin of Britain") and for a Penitential, both of which were widely used in Ireland, Wales and England. He had contact with Irish monks and settled for the last part of his life on an island off Brittany, near which there is a town called after him, St Gildas de Rhuys.

Patrick Duffy tells us what is known about him.

A monk at the island of Flatholm in the British Channel
Gildas is said to have been born in the Clwyd valley in north Wales around 500 AD. He studied under St Illtud at Llaniltud Fawr in South Wales and perhaps in Gaul. He then settled as a hermit on the island of Flatholm (Welsh Ynys Echni) off Glamorgan in the Bristol Channel. He may have had some Irish saints among his own disciples there, including Finnian of Clonard, and probably visited Ireland himself.

Gildas sapiens 
Gildas wrote a well-known history called De excidio Britanniae ("The Ruin of Britain"), in which he looks back with longing to the age when the Roman legions kept order in Britain and blames the decadence of the secular rulers and clerics of his time on the disruption caused by the Anglo-Saxon invasions. He seems to have had a good Roman-style education: his Latin is elegant, though a bit long-winded and his work shows a good knowledge of Scripture, Virgil and the Letters of St Ignatius of Antioch. Because of his learning and literary style he is sometimes known as Gildas sapiens (Gildas the Wise). The work is a major source for events in Britain in his time and is cited by Bede in his Ecclesiastical History of the English People.

MORBIHANTo Brittany
Later, perhaps during the Yellow Pestilence (547), Gildas went to Brittany. He settled as a hermit on an island in the Gulf of Morbihan just inside Quiberon Bay, gathered some disciples there, and founded a monastery. He probably died there around the year 570. The island is still known as the Ile des Moines. And there is also a town nearby called St Gildas de Rhuys.

Penitential
Gildas also wrote a Penitential, from which we can infer that the monasteries of his day had their problems: sexual sins, drunkenness, stealing, disrespect of the consecrated bread and wine, laziness and disobedience of the abbot's orders are all listed, though the penalties are notably milder than those of the Irish Penitentials.
Liturgical Readings for: Wednesday, 29th January, 2020
FIRST READING 

A reading from the second book of  Samuel         7: 4-17
Your House and your sovereignty will always stand secure before me.

The word of the Lord came to Nathan

'Go and tell my servant David, "Thus the Lord speaks: Are you the man to build me a house to dwell in? I have never stayed in a house from the day I brought the Israelites out of Egypt until today, but have always led a wanderer's life in a tent. In all my journeying with the whole people of Israel, did I say to any one of the judges of Israel, whom I had appointed as shepherds of Israel my people: Why have you not built me a house of cedar?"David This is what you must say to my servant David, "the Lord Sabaoth says this: I took you from the pasture, from following the sheep, to be leader of my people Israel; I have been with you on all your expeditions; I have cut off all your enemies before you. I will give you fame as great as the fame of the greatest on earth. I will provide a place for my people Israel; I will plant them there and they shall dwell in that place and never be disturbed again; nor shall the wicked continue to oppress them as they did, in the days when I appointed judges over my people Israel; I will give them rest from all their enemies. the Lord will make you great; Yahweh will make you a House.

And when your days are ended and you are laid to rest with your ancestors, I will preserve the offspring of your body after you and make his sovereignty secure. (It is he who shall build a house for my name, and I will make his royal throne secure for ever.) I will be a father to him and he a son to me; if he does evil, I will punish him with the rod such as men use, with strokes such as mankind gives. Yet my will is not to withdraw my favour from him, as I withdrew it from your predecessor. Your House and your sovereignty will always stand secure before me and your throne be established for ever."' Nathan related all these words to David and this whole revelation.

The Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm        Ps 88
Response                              I will keep my love tor him always.

1. I have made a covenant with my chosen one;
I have sworn to David my servant:
I will establish your dynasty for ever
and set up your throne through all ages.        Response

2. He will say to me: 'You are my father,
my God, the rock who saves me:
And I will make him my first-born,
the highest of the kings of the earth.               Response

3.  I will keep my love for him always;
for him my covenant shall endure.
I will establish his dynasty for ever,
make his throne as lasting as the heavens.    Response

Gospel  Acclamation                               1 Sam 3: 9
Alleluia, alleluia!
Speak, Lord, your servant is listening:
you have the message of eternal life.
Alleluia!

or   
Alleluia, alleluia!
The seed is the word of God, Christ the sower;
whoever finds the seed will remain for ever.
Alleluia!

GOSPEL                                                 

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark        4: 1-20
Imagine a sower going out to sow.

sowerAgain he began to teach by the lakeside, but such a huge crowd gathered round him that he got into a boat on the lake and sat there. The people were all along the shore, at the water's edge. He taught them many things in parables, and in the course of his teaching he said to them, 'Listen!, Imagine a sower going out to sow. Now it happened that, as he sowed, some of the seed fell on the edge of the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some seed fell on rocky ground where it found little soil and sprang up straightaway, because there was no depth of earth; and when the sun came up it was scorched and, not having any roots, it withered away. Some seed fell into thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it produced no crop. And some seeds fell into rich soil and, growing tall and strong, produced crop; and yielded thirty, sixty, even a hundredfold.' And he said, 'Listen, anyone who has ears to hear!'

When he was alone, the Twelve, together with the others who formed his company, asked what the parables meant. He told them, 'The secret of the kingdom of God is given to you, but to those who are outside everything comes in parables, so that they may see and see again, but not perceive; may hear and hear again, but not understand; otherwise they might be converted and be forgiven'.

He said to them, 'Do you not understand this parable? Then how will you understand any of the parables? What the sower is sowing is the word. Those on the edge of the path where the word is sown are people who have no sooner heard it than Satan comes and carries away the word that was sown in them. Similarly, those who receive the seed on patches of rock are people who, when first they hear the word, welcome it at once with joy. But they have no root in them, they do not last; should some trial come, or some persecution on account of the word, they fall away at once. Then there are others who receive the seed in thorns. These have heard the word, but the worries of this world, the lure of riches and all the other passions come in to choke the word, and so it produces nothing. And there are those who have received the seed in rich soil: they hear the word and accept it and yield a harvest, thirty and sixty and a hundredfold.'

The Gospel of the Lord.

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Gospel Reflection            Wednesday                  Third Week in Ordinary Time              Mark 4:1-20

Many scholars hold that, whereas the parable in today’s gospel reading was spoken by Jesus, the interpretation that follows reflects the experience of the early church. In the interpretation, the focus has shifted from the sower to the various types of soil which have come to represent various responses to the preaching of the gospel. How might Jesus have intended this parable to be heard? When Jesus saw the farmer going out to sow seeds, it reminded him of the way God was at work in his ministry. Jesus noticed that the farmer scattered the seed with abandon, not knowing what kind of soil it would fall on. Inevitably, a great deal of the seed that was scattered never germinated. Yet, some of the seed fell on good soil and produced an extraordinary harvest. In a similar way, God was scattering the seed of his life-giving word through Jesus’ ministry. God’s favour was being scattered abroad in an almost reckless manner. God gave the most unlikely places the opportunity of receiving the life-giving seed of his word. Jesus’ ministry had something of that scatter-gun approach of the sower. There was nothing selective about Jesus’ company. As with the farmer in the parable, much of what Jesus scattered was lost; it met with little or no response. Yet, Jesus knew that some people were receiving the seed of his word, and that would be enough to bring about the harvest of God’s kingdom. In speaking this parable, Jesus may have been speaking a word of encouragement to his disciples, ‘Despite all the setbacks, the opposition and hostility, God is at work and that work will lead to something wonderful’. The seed of the gospel is good and powerful. Whatever the odds against us, we must keep sowing.

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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 2019-20: The Word of God is Living and Active by Martin Hogan and published by Messenger Publications  c/f https://www.messenger.ie/product/the-word-of-god-is-living-and-active-reflections-on-the-weekday-readings-for-the-liturgical-year-2019-2020/c/f www.messenger.ie/bookshop/

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Liturgical Readings for: Wednesday, 29th January, 2020
CÉAD LÉACHT         

 Sliocht as an dara leabhar  Samúéil.          7:4-17
Seasfaidh do theaghlach agus do fhlaitheas i gcónaí go daingean romham.

An oíche cheannann chéanna tháinig briathar an Tiarna go Nátán:

David“Imigh leat agus abair le mo sheirbhíseach Dáiví: ‘Seo mar a labhraíonn an Tiarna: An amhlaidh gur mian leat teach a thógáil dom ina ndéanfaidh mé cónaí? Níor fhan mé i dteach riamh ón lá a thug mé clann Iosrael amach as an Éigipt go dtí an lá inniu, ach chaith mé saol an tseachránaí agus mé i mo chónaí i mboth. Le linn mo chuid taistil go léir le pobal uile Iosrael, an ndúirt mé le haon duine de bhreithiúna Iosrael a bhí ceaptha agam mar thréadaithe ar Iosrael mo phobal: “Cén fáth nár thóg tú teach céadrais dom?’” Seo an rud is gá duit a rá le mo sheirbhíseach Dáiví: ‘Deir Tiarna na Slua an méid seo: Thóg mé ón talamh féaraigh thú agus ó aoireacht na gcaorach chun go mbeifeá i do thaoiseach ar Iosrael, mo phobal. Gach slógadh dá ndearna tú, bhí mé in éineacht leat; rinne mé do naimhde go léir a threascairt romhat. An té is mó ar talamh, ní mó a chlú ná an clú a thabharfaidh mé duitse. Cuirfidh mé áit ar fáil do mo phobal Iosrael. Suífidh mé ansin iad agus déanfaidh siad cónaí san áit sin agus ní chuirfear isteach orthu arís; ní bheidh cos ar bolg á imirt ag na lucht foréigin orthu, mar a bhíodh an uair úd a cheap mé breithiúna ar mo phobal Iosrael; tabharfaidh mé faoiseamh duit ó do naimhde go léir. Fógraíonn an Tiarna duit go ndéanfaidh an Tiarna teaghlach díot. Agus nuair a bheidh deireadh le do ré, agus go n-adhlacfar le do shinsir thú, cumhdóidh mé do shliocht i do dhiaidh, síol do choirp, agus daingneoidh mé a fhlaitheas. (Eisean a thógfaidh teach do m’ainmse, agus daingneoidh mé a chathaoir ríoga go deo.) Beidh mé i m’athair aige, agus eisean ina mhac agamsa; má dhéanann sé olc, tabharfaidh mé an tslat dó mar phionós, faoi mar dhéanann daoine, agus buillí mar a thugann an cine daonna. Ach ní tharraingeoidh mé mo ghnaoi uaidh, mar a rinne mé le Sól an té a chuir mé as romhat. Seasfaidh do theaghlach agus do fhlaitheas i gcónaí go daingean romham agus daingneofar do ríchathaoir go deo.’”

D’inis Nátán na briathra sin go léir agus an foilsiú sin ar fad do Dháiví.

Briathar Dé. 

Salm le Freagra                   Sm 88
Freagra                                     Coinneoidh mé mo chineáltas dó go síoraí.

1. “Cheangail mé conradh,” [a dúirt tú,] “leis an té a roghnaigh mé;
dhearbhaigh mé do Dháiví mo sheirbhíseach:
‘Socróidh mé do shliocht go brách,
agus bunóidh mé do ríchathaoir go deo.’”                  Freagra

2. Glaofaidh sé orm: ‘Is tú m’athair;
is tú mo Dhia agus carraig mo shlánaithe.’
Ceapfaidh mé ina chéadghin mic é;
an té is airde i measc ríthe na cruinne.                         Freagra

3. Coinneoidh mé mo chineáltas go deo dó;
agus seasfaidh mo chonradh go daingean leis.
Socróidh mé a shliocht go síoraí
agus a ríchathaoir mar laethanta na bhflaitheas.      Freagra

SOISCÉAL                                         

Sliocht as an Soiscéal naofa de réir Naomh  Marc         4: 1-20
Chuaigh an síoladóir amach ag cur an tsíl.


Thosaigh sé ag teagasc cois na farraige uair eile, agus bhailigh slua chomh líonmhar sin chuige go ndeachaigh sé isteach i mbád agus gur shuigh inti ar farraige, agus bhí an slua go léir le hais na farraige ar an talamh. Rinne sé mórán nithe a theagasc dóibh  i bparabail, agus dúirt sé leo ina chuid teagaisc: “Éistigí liom!

sowerChuaigh an síoladóir amach ag cur an tsíl. Agus sa síolchur, thit cuid den ghrán le hais an bhóthair agus tháinig an éanlaith á ithe suas. Thit cuid eile den ghrán ar an gcreagán, áit nach raibh mórán ithreach ann dó, agus d’eascair sé gan mhoill de bhrí nach raibh an ithir dhomhain aige; agus nuair d’éirigh an ghrian loisceadh é, agus toisc nach raibh fréamh aige d’fheoigh sé. Thit cuid eile den ghrán sa deilgneach, agus d’fhás an deilgneach aníos agus phlúch é, agus níor thug sé aon toradh uaidh. Ach thit gráinní eile ar an talamh maith agus thug toradh uathu ag fás suas agus ag méadú, agus bhí barr air faoi thríocha agus faoi sheasca agus faoi chéad.” Agus dúirt sé: “An té a bhfuil cluas chun éisteachta air, éisteadh!”

Nuair a bhí sé ina aonar, iad seo a bhíodh ina thimpeall leis an dáréag, d’fhiafraigh siad de i dtaobh na bparabal. Dúirt sé leo: “Tá rúndiamhair ríocht Dé tugtha daoibhse; ach dóibh seo atá amuigh, is i bparabail a bhíonn an uile ní, chun go ‘mbreathnóidís go deimhin ach nach bhfeicfidís, agus go gcluinfidís go deimhin ach nach dtuigfidís,
d’eagla go n-iompóidís agus go maithfí dóibh.’”

Agus dúirt sé leo: “An ea nach dtuigeann sibh an parabal seo? Conas a gheobhaidh sibh fios ar na parabail uile? Síolann an síoladóir an briathar. Na daoine seo le hais an bhóthair, mar a shíoltar an briathar, is daoine iad agus nuair a chluineann siad, tagann Sátan láithreach agus tógann an briathar a shíoltar iontu. Mar an gcéanna, is iad na daoine a ghlac an síol ar an gcreagán, iad seo a ghabhann an briathar chucu le háthas láithreach nuair a chluineann siad é, ach ní bhíonn fréamh acu iontu féin ach iad neamhbhuan agus ansin, nuair a bhíonn trioblóid nó géarleanúint ann mar gheall ar an mbriathar, cliseann orthu láithreach. Daoine eile iad seo a ghlac an síol sa deilgneach: is iad siúd na daoine a chuala an briathar, ach go dtagann cúraimí an tsaoil agus mealladh an tsaibhris agus mianta i rudaí eile isteach, go bplúchann siad an briathar agus fágtar gan toradh é. Agus iad seo a ghlac an síol ar an talamh maith, is iad seo na daoine a chluineann an briathar agus a ghabhann chucu é, agus a thugann toradh uathu faoi thríocha agus faoi sheasca agus faoi chéad.'

Soiscéal Dé.



AN BÍOBLA NAOFA
© An Sagart
Liturgical Readings for: Sunday, 2nd February, 2020

The Presentation of the Lord


First Reading

A reading from the prophet Malachi               3:1-4
The Lord you are seeking will suddenly enter the temple.

 Jesus saviourLook, I am going to send my messenger to prepare a way before me. And the Lord you are seeking will suddenly enter his Temple; and the angel of the covenant whom you are longing for, yes, he is coming, says the Lord of hosts. Who will be able to resist the day of his coming? Who will remain standing when he appears?

For he is like the refiner's fire and the fuller's alkali. He will take his seat as refiner and purifier; he will purify the sons of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, and then they will make the offering to the Lord as it should be made. The offering of Judah and Jerusalem will then be welcomed by the Lord as in former days, as in the years of old.

The Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm                 Ps 23
Response                                      Who is the king of glory? It is the Lord.

1. O gates, lift up your heads;
grow higher, ancient doors.
Let him enter, the king of glory!      Response

2. Who is the king of glory?
The Lord, the mighty, the valiant,
the Lord, the valiant in war.             Response

3. O gates, lift high your heads;
grow higher, ancient doors.
Let him enter, the king of glory!      Response

4. Who is he, the king of glory?
He, the Lord of armies,
he is the king of glory.                       Response

SECOND READING   

A reading from the letter of St Paul to the Hebrews       2:14-18
It was essential that he should in this way become completely like his brothers and sisters.

Since all the children share the same blood and flesh, Jesus too shared equally in it, so that by his death he could take away all the power of the devil, who had power over death, and set free all those who had been held in slavery all their lives by the fear of death. For it was not the angels that he took to himself; he took to himself descent from Abraham. It was essential that he should in this way become completely like his brothers so that he could be a compassionate and trustworthy high priest of God's religion, able to atone for human sins. That is, because he has himself been through temptation he is able to help others who are tempted.

The Word of the Lord

Gospel  Acclamation          Acts 16: 14
Alleluia, alleluia!
The light to enlighten the pagans
and the glory of your people Israel.
Alleluia!

GOSPEL  

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke        2:22-40
My eyes have seen your salvation.

When the day came for them to be purified as laid down by the Law of Moses, they took him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord- observing what stands written in the Law of the Lord: Every first-born male must be consecrated to the Lord- and also to offer in sacrifice, in accordance with what is said in the Law of the Lord, a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons Now in Jerusalem there was a man named Simeon. He was an upright and devout man; he looked forward to Israel's comforting and the Holy Spirit rested on him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death until he had set eyes on the Christ of the Lord. Prompted by the Spirit he came to the Temple and when the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the Law required, he took him into his arms and blessed God; and he said:Presentation of Jesus

'Now, Master, you can let your servant go in peace,
just as you promised;
because my eyes have seen the salvation
which you have prepared for all the nations to see,
a light to enlighten the pagans
and the glory of your people Israel'.

As the child's father and mother stood there wondering at the things that were being said about him, Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, 'You see this child: he is destined for the fall and for the rising of many in Israel, destined to be a sign that is rejected, and a sword will pierce your own soul too so that the secret thoughts of many may be laid bare'.

There was a prophetess also, Anna the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was well on in years. Her days of girlhood over, she had been married for seven years before becoming a widow. She was now eighty-four years old and never left the Temple, serving God night and day with fasting and prayer. She came by just at that moment and began to praise God; and she spoke of the child to all who looked forward to the deliverance of Jerusalem.

When they had done everything the Law of the Lord required, they went back to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. Meanwhile the child grew to maturity, and he was filled with wisdom; and God s favour was with him.

The Gospel of the Lord.

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A Gospel Reflection                     The Presentation of the Lord          Luke 2:22–40

In today’s first reading, the prophet Malachi announces that the Lord will one day enter his Temple in Jerusalem as the refiner and purifier of his people, so that their worship will be as the Lord desires it. In John’s Gospel, Jesus declares that he will enable people to worship God as God wants to be worshipped, a worship in spirit and truth. Jesus is referring to a worship of God that is inspired by the Spirit of Truth, the Holy Spirit. This worship of God, inspired by the Spirit of God, is not confined to a religious building, a church. The Spirit inspires us to worship God not only with our lips, as in the liturgy, but with our lives. Saint Paul in his letter to the Romans refers to our spiritual worship, by which he means a worship which embraces all of our lives. He calls on us to present our bodies, our embodied selves, as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God. This is the worship of our lives. Each day we are to offer our lives to God. This was the kind of worship that characterised the life of Jesus. In the gospel reading, Mary and Joseph came to the principal place of worship for Jews, the Temple. They come not just to worship, but to present their son to God. As an adult, Jesus lived out that presentation of himself to God that was made by his parents at this time. Throughout his adult life, Jesus presented himself as a living sacrifice to God, in the words of Saint Paul. He lived his life with a clear focus on God at all times. Jesus calls on us to have that same focus. Because Jesus is the full revelation of God, to live our lives with a clear focus on God means living our lives with a clear focus on Jesus, our risen Lord. Today’s feast encourages us to keep presenting ourselves, our hearts, minds and bodies, to the Lord. We are to keep our relationship with the Lord to the fore in all we say and do. In that way, our whole lives will be a worship of the Lord.

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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/

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Liturgical Readings for: Sunday, 2nd February, 2020
CÉAD LÉACHT

Sliocht as an fáidh Malací              3:1-4
An Tiarna atá á lorg agaibh, rachaidh sé isteach ina Theampall go tobann.


Jesus saviourSeo mar a deir an Tiarna “Féach! Tá mo theachtaire á chur amach agam chun an bóthar a réiteach romham; agus an Tiarna atá á lorg agaibh, rachaidh sé isteach ina Theampall go tobann; agus aingeal an chonartha, a bhfuil sibh ag tnúth leis, tá sé ag teacht, a deir Tiarna na Slua. Ach cé a fhulaingeoidh lá a theachta? Cé a fhéadfaidh seasamh nuair a thaibhseoidh sé?

Óir, is cuma é nó tine an athleádóra agus buac an úcaire. Suífidh sé síos mar athleádóir, agus mar ghlantóir airgid, agus glanfaidh sé clann mhac Léiví agus athleáfaidh sé iad mar ór nó mar airgead sa chaoi go mbeidh a dhíol d’íobróirí iontu ag an Tiarna. Ansin, beidh íobairt Iúdá agus Iarúsailéim taitneamhach leis an Tiarna faoi mar a bhí sí anallód, na blianta fada ó shin.

Briathar Dé.  

Salm le Freagra            Sm 23
Freagra                           Cé he an Rí seo na glóire? Is é an Tiarna é.

1. Ardaígí bhur lindéir, a gheataí;
éirígí suas, a dhoirse ársa,
go dtaga Rí na glóire isteach.             Freagra

2. Cé hé an rí seo na glóire?
An Tiarna atá láidir tréan,
an Tiarna atá tréan i gcogadh.           Freagra

3. Ardaígí bhur lindéir, a gheataí;
éirígí suas, a d hoirse ársa,
go dtaga Rí na glóire isteach.             Freagra

4. Cé hé an rí seo na glóire?
Is é Tiarna mór na slua é.
Is é sin is Rí na glóire ann.                  Freagra

Alleluia Véarsa                   Lc 2: 32 
Alleluia, alleluia!
An solas chun na náisiúin a shoilsiú
agus glóir do phobail Iosrael.
Alleluia!

DARA LÉACHT    

Sliocht as litir N.Pól chuig na Eabhraig             2:14-18
Níorbh fholáir dó bheith cosúil lena bhráithre i ngach slí.

Ós rud é go bhfuil nádúr daonna ag an gclann go léir, ghlac seisean an nádúr céanna sin. Rinne sé é sin chun an té a bhfuil an bás faoina cheannas, is é sin, an diabhal, a scriosadh trína bhás féin, agus chun a raibh faoi dhaoirse ar feadh a saoil le heagla an bháis a fhuascailt. Óir is cinnte nach aingil is cúram dó ach sliocht Abrahám. Mar sin de, níorbh fholáir dó bheith cosúil lena bhráithre i ngach slí ionas go mbeadh sé ina ardsagart trócaireach dílis i seirbhís Dé a dhéanfadh cúiteamh leis i bpeacaí an phobail. Agus anois ós rud é gur fhulaing sé féin nuair a cuireadh cathú air is féidir leis cabhrú leo siúd a gcuirtear cathú orthu.

Briathar Dé.  

SOISCÉAL             

Sliocht as an Soiscéal naofa de réir Naomh Lúcás        2:22-40
Tá mo shúile tar éis do shlánú a fheiceáil.

Nuair a bhí na laethanta caite agus iad le híonghlanadh de réir dhlí Mhaois, thug a thuismitheoirí Íosa go Iarúsailéim é le toirbhirt don Tiarna – mar atá scríofa i ndlí an Tiarna: “Gach fíreannach atá ina chéadghin, is rud coisricthe don Tiarna é” – agus chun go n-ofrálfaidís mar íobairt, de réir a bhfuil ráite i ndlí an Tiarna, “péire colm nó dhá ghearrcach colúir.”

Bhí fear in Iarúsailéim darbh ainm Simeon, agus bhí an fear seo fíréanta diaga, ag súil le sólás Iosrael, agus bhí an Spiorad Naomh ina luí air. Agus bhí foilsiú faighte ón Spiorad Naomh aige nach bhfeicfeadh sPresentation of Jesusé an bás nó go bhfeicfeadh Meisias an Tiarna. Tháinig sé, faoi luí an Spioraid, isteach sa Teampall; agus le linn dá thuismitheoirí bheith ag tabhairt an linbh Íosa isteach chun go ndéanfaidís ar a shon de réir nós an dlí, ghlac seisean chuige ina ucht é, agus mhol Dia agus dúirt: “

Anois atá tú ag scaoileadh do sheirbhísigh uait, a Thiarna,
de réir d’fhocail, faoi shíocháin,
mar tá mo shúile tar éis do shlánú a fheiceáil
atá ullamh agat faoi chomhair na bpobal uile: solas chun na náisiúin a shoilsiú
agus glóir do phobail Iosrael.”

Agus bhí a athair agus a mhathair ag déanamh ionadh de na nithe a dúradh mar gheall air. Agus bheannaigh Simeon iad agus dúirt le Muire a mháthair: “Feach, is dán dó seo bheith ina thrúig leagtha agus éirithe dá lán in Iosrael agus ina chomhartha a shéanfar – agus gabhfaidh claíomh trí d’anam féin – chun go bhfoilseofaí smaointe as mórán croíthe.”

Agus bhí banfháidh ann freisin, Anna iníon Fanuéil, de threibh Áiséar, í anonn i mblianta móra: mhair sí seacht mbliana ag a fear céile tar éis a hóghachta. Fágadh ina baintreach í, agus bhí ceithre bliana ochtód an uair seo aici; agus ní fhágadh sí an Teampall, ag seirbhís do Dhia de lá agus d’oíche le troscadh agus le hurnaithe. Tháinig sí i láthair an uair sin féin, agus thug moladh agus buíochas do Dhia; agus labhair sí mar gheall air le cách a bhí ag súil le Iarúsailéim a fhuascailt.

Nuair a bhí gach ní curtha i gcrích acu de réir dhlí an Tiarna, d’fhill siad ar an nGailíl, go dtí a gcathair féin Nazarat. Agus d’fhás an leanbh agus neartaigh, é lán d’eagna; agus bhí grásta Dé ina luí air.

Soiscéal Dé.

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