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Jul 6 - St Maria Goretti (1890-1902) Martyr

Summary St Maria Goreti:  a patron saint both for those who have been abused and for those who are guilty of abuse. He also draws some important lessons on how abusers are to be treated.

Paddy McCafferty recounts her short life.

This is believed to be a photograph of Maria, one of only two that are known

In the early afternoon on July 5, 1902, an 11-year-old girl, Maria Goretti, was repeatedly stabbed by a 20-year-old man in the course of a frenzied, sexually motivated attack. On June 24, 1950, Pope Pius XII canonised her in the presence of her mother, Assunta, and of the man who murdered her, Alessandro Serenelli. In reading the accounts of Maria's life, her personality and spirituality, one cannot fail to be vividly reminded of the similarities with St Bernadette of Lourdes, before and after the apparitions.

Comparison with Bernadette
Both children lived in grinding poverty. Many years after her death, it was said of St Maria Goretti by a Cardinal Salotti, preaching at her shrine in Nettuno, that she would have been a saint even if she had not been a martyr, "because she had the gift of making her ordinary, everyday life, the holy ground of God's presence.”

Maria's family had been forced to move in as lodgers with the widower, Giovanni Serenelli, and his two sons. Her father, Luigi, had to give up their small farm in Corinaldo because it was impossible to eke out any kind of existence there for his wife and children. The Serenellis invited him to come onto their farm as a partner. He had little option but to accept. Giovanni Serenelli was a boorish man. He often got drunk and became abusive. He and his two sons were as different to the deeply devout Goretti family as chalk is to cheese. The Serenellis, for example, were much given to reading the lurid accounts of "true sex crimes." Indecent pictures were pasted on the walls of the house they now shared with the Gorettis.

Assunta and Luigi tried to protect their children as best they could in such an atmosphere. Assunta later said: "We tried to bring them up in the faith, to be good Christians, teaching them to pray and to see God in his creation." Every evening Luigi would lead his wife and children in the rosary.

Grim life
Life was grim for the Gorettis. Already awful circumstances became even worse when Luigi fell ill and died at the end of March, 1901. The grief-stricken Assunta was forced to take on her husband's work in the fields. But she was shown no compassion whatsoever by Giovanni Serenelli.

m GorettiEleven-year-old Maria had to assume the domestic chores of her mother - cooking, cleaning, mending, fetching, carrying and caring for the younger children. She was a docile and gentle child, deeply prayerful. She tried to console her mother as best she could: "Don't worry, Mama. The good Lord will always look after us. Soon we will all be grown up and we will be able to take care of you."

At this time, Alessandro began to pester Maria and to make indecent advances towards her. The child firmly resisted but was horrified and frightened. As is the case with so many other victims of child sexual abuse, she told no one of her plight. The cramped living conditions in which the Goretti family lived with the Serenellis made it impossible for Maria to avoid Alessandro. However, she did her best to ensure she was never alone with him.

Brutal assault

On July 5, 1902, Alessandro caught her in the house by herself, and tried to force her into having sexual intercourse. He was much stronger than the child and could easily have overpowered her, but he wanted her to comply willingly with his demands. Maria utterly refused: "No, Alessandro, God does not want this. If you do this, you will go to hell.”

Alessandro, in a madness of passion and fury, lost his temper and stabbed her repeatedly. Her baby sister, Teresa, began to cry with all the disturbance, and this alerted Assunta who was working in the fields. Maria was found bleeding profusely. The local doctor could do nothing, so she was rushed to hospital in nearby Nettuno.

The journey was only eight miles but it took four hours, during which the dying girl suffered agonies because of the jolting of the ambulance on the rough country roads. She was examined upon arrival, and the doctors discovered that all her vital organs, including her heart, had been damaged.

Maria was dehydrated from blood loss and the heat. She pleaded for water but, because the doctors had decided to operate, was not allowed anything to drink. Her mother later testified that the thought of Jesus' thirst on the cross helped her to bear her own.

Fourteen major wounds

[caption id="attachment_47954" align="alignleft" width="110"](Maria Goretti murderer) Alessandro Serenelli in 1950 (Maria Goretti's murderer) Alessandro Serenelli in 1950[/caption]

Maria had suffered 14 major wounds and two contusions. The operation lasted two hours. Afterwards, she was in agony with nothing to relieve the pain. She worried about her mother, brothers and sisters but, most of all, about her abuser and attacker: "Poor Alessandro. He's going to go to hell."

The parish priest came to see her. Before giving her Holy Communion, he spoke to her of Jesus' death and how he forgave his murderers. He asked her: "Do you forgive Alessandro?" She seemed tremendously relieved and said that she forgave him with all her heart. Before her death, Maria became delirious and relived the trauma of the attack. She died at 15.45 pm on July 6, 1902.

When Maria was canonised on June 24, 1950, half a million people were in attendance in St Peter's Square. Her mother was present, aged 85. It was the first time in history that a mother had been present for her child's canonisation. Also present with her and Maria's family was Alessandro Serenelli.

Amazing courage
The story of this amazing child of courage and faith needs to be heard again by the people of God in these difficult times. Nowadays, we are extremely conscious of the immense damage and prolonged suffering that can be inflicted on those who fall prey to sexual predators. In St Maria Goretti, we have a friend in God's presence who commends to God's loving care all who, like her, have been victimised in this way.

In these times, when the church has been ravaged by scandals involving the sexual abuse of children and minors, St Maria Goretti must now be allowed to come into her own. In her we have an advocate for everyone who has suffered sexual abuse – no matter who the perpetrator, no matter what the circumstances.

We know of many cases where paedophiles molested their victims and then murdered them. St Maria Goretti was mortally wounded with 14 stab wounds. The majority of victims of paedophilia, however, are lacerated within. They are condemned to a slow death – a long haemorrhaging of the spirit – by the interior disfigurement caused by the abuse.

The victim is disfigured in his/her own eyes. Others might look and see a beautiful, gifted person; but the person who is abused views him/herself with intense and often violent self-loathing. The spirit weeps and the soul bleeds. This can go on for many, many years.

St Maria fought back against her attacker. He demanded her complicity and she refused. Later, after his conversion, Alessandro Serenelli testified for the cause of her beatification: "I knew I was breaking God's law. I killed her because she refused. She had never encouraged me in any way – not by a word or a deed."

Lies of the abuser
Many abused children did not have the strength, or the ability, to resist an abuser. That is no reflection on them whatsoever; but the important thing to remember is that now that they are older and stronger, they can fight back against the abuse. They can close their ears to the terrible lies that the abuser told them about themselves. They can begin to look at themselves as they truly are – the very beloved of God.

The prayers of an 11-year-old child who is now in heaven can help abused people withstand and face down the monsters of fear that haunt and intimidate them, making of their lives a living hell. Yes, Maria is very much a saint for these times. To her we could well ascribe the words once spoken to Queen Esther: "Who knows? Perhaps you have come to the throne for such a time as this?" (Esther 4:14)

There can be no doubt about it. Maria, before the throne of God, pleads for the many victims of child sexual abuse in our country and throughout the world. She is a saint for the church in these painful and troubled times. Yet again, as always, God has raised up a little one to confound the powerful. (1 Cor 1:28)

[caption id="attachment_102375" align="aligncenter" width="299"]Pope Francis begs forgiveness for children sexually abused by church people. Pope Francis begs forgiveness of children sexually abused by church people.[/caption]

Scripture says: "And a little child shall lead them." (Is 11:6). Maria, at the head of an army of innocents and little ones, goes before God's church to call us back to "being like little children” (Mt 18:3). The church had become, in too many ways, arrogant and abusive of God's people. Now, the church must become little again so as to enter the Kingdom of Heaven (Mt 18:4).

Saint for the guilty
St Maria Goretti is also a saint for those who are guilty of abuse. Alessandro Serenelli, like many abusers when they are caught, was in total denial of his actions. He had been caught with the blood of this child on his hands and clothes. He was, for a long time, hard-hearted and unrepentant. He was sentenced to 30 years imprisonment in Sardinia.

For eight of those years he was defiant and contemptuous. Then one night he had a dream about Maria in which the child made a gentle gesture of forgiveness towards him. His life changed. He became a great penitent. He was released, with Assunta's agreement, after 26 years because he was such a model prisoner. Upon release, he laboured for nine years as a builder. It took him this long to save up enough money to return to Italy.

The first thing he did was to go see Assunta at Corinaldo. He pleaded for forgiveness, and Assunta readily forgave him. Assunta took him with her to Midnight Mass at Christmas 1937. They received Holy Communion together. After he received the Eucharist, there was a bit of commotion among the congregation, so he turned around to them and said: "I am guilty of a terrible sin. Please forgive me.”

He was with the family at the beatification and canonisation of his victim. He eventually went to work as a gardener in an isolated monastery. He stayed hidden there until his death in 1969, aged 82. His last words: "I'm going to be with Maria.”

Human beings in need of help
Society rightly has a horror of those who would subject children to sexual abuse. The temptation is to demonise paedophiles, and a lynch-mob mentality often comes into play. St Maria Goretti would remind us that those who have this serious and dangerous disorder are human beings too. They are in need of specialised help. Alessandro Serenelli came from a very disturbed background. This is no excuse for what he inflicted on Maria but we must leave the matter of judgement where it rightfully belongs – with God.

help the sickFor our part, it is vitally important that we ensure that it becomes as difficult as humanly possible for anyone to hurt or abuse children. Paedophiles need to be prevented from carrying out their life-destroying actions. Under no circumstances must sexual offenders against children ever be allowed to have access to children. They are not, however, beyond the mercy and love of God. St Maria Goretti teaches and reminds us of this truth by her own example towards Alessandro.

God's own work
In the midst of a most distressing and painful time for the church, we need to look again at the gentle, little girl from Nettuno. She would have lived and died in obscurity. She would probably have lived the same kind of life as her mother – poverty-stricken and hard-working, yet full of faith and of love in action. The horrific circumstances of her death gradually brought her to the attention of the universal church. This is the Lord's own work and it is wonderful to see (Ps 118:23) The Lord found his discarded little one and lifted her up before the whole world. May her prayers help all those who are suffering the deep wounds of childhood abuse and trauma.

[caption id="attachment_47955" align="aligncenter" width="259"]St Maria's body is kept in the crypt of the Basilica of Santa Maria delle Grazie e Santa Maria Goretti in Nettuno, south of Rome. St Maria's body is kept in the crypt of the Basilica of Santa Maria delle Grazie e Santa Maria Goretti in Nettuno, south of Rome.[/caption]



This article first appeared in Reality (October, 2002), a publication of the Irish Redemptorists.
Liturgical Readings for: Wednesday, 6th July, 2022

Wednesday of 14th week of Ordinary Time, Year 2


FIRST READING

A reading from the book of the Prophet Hosea          10:1-3. 7-8. 10
Theme: It is time to go seeking the Lord .

Israel was a luxuriant vine yielding plenty of fruit.
The more his fruit increased, the more altars he built;
the richer his land became, the richer he made the sacred stones.
Their heart is a divided heart; very well, they must pay for it:
The Lord is going to break their altars down and destroy their sacred stones.
Then they will say, 'We have no king because we have not feared the Lord'.
But what can a king do for us

Samaria has had her day. Her king is like a straw drifting on the water.
The idolatrous high places shall be destroyed- that sin of Israel;
thorn and thistle will grow on their altars.
Then they will say to the mountains, 'Cover us!' and to the hills, 'Fall on us!'

Sow integrity for yourselves, reap a harvest of kindness, break up your fallow ground:
it is time to go seeking the Lord until he comes to rain salvation on you.

The Word of the Lord           Thanks be to God.

Responsorial Psalm        Ps 104
Response                             Constantly seek the face of the Lord.
Or                                            Alleluia!

l. O sing to him, sing his praise;
tell all his wonderful works!
Be proud of his holy name,
let the hearts that seek the Lord rejoice.   Response

2. Consider the Lord and his strength;
constantly seek his face.
Remember the wonders he has done,
his miracles, the judgements he spoke.     Response

3. O children of Abraham, his servant,
O sons of the Jacob he chose.
He, the Lord, is our God:
his judgements prevail in all the earth.      Response

Gospel  Acclamation     Jm 1: 18
Alleluia, alleluia!
By his own choice the Father makes us his children by the message of the truth,
so that we should be a sort of first-fruits of all that he created.
Alleluia!

or                                          Mk 1: 15
Alleluia, alleluia!
The kingdom of God is close at hand, repent and believe the Good News.
Alleluia!

GOSPEL   

The Lord be with you.                     And with your spirit
A reading from the Gospel according to Matthew      10:1-7
Theme: Go rather to the lost sheep of the House of Israel

Jesus summoned his twelve disciples, and gave them authority over unclean spirits with power to cast them out and to cure all kinds of diseases and sickness.

These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon who is called Peter, and his brother Andrew; James the son of Zebedee, and his brother John; Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas, and Matthew the tax collector; James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; Simon the Zealot and Judas Iscariot, the one who was to betray him.
These twelve Jesus sent out, instructing them as follows:

'Do not turn your steps to pagan territory, and do not enter any Samaritan town; go rather to the lost sheep of the House of Israel. And as you go, proclaim that the kingdom of heaven is close at hand.'

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

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Gospel Reflection     Wednesday,       Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time          Matthew 10:1-7

Today’s first reading and responsorial psalm call on us to seek the Lord. God, speaking through the prophet Hosea, says, ‘It is time to go seeking the Lord until he comes to rain salvation on you.’ The psalmist calls on us to ‘consider the Lord and his strength; constantly seek his face’. We seek after many things in life, but the Scriptures remind us that at the heart of all our seeking is a seeking of the Lord, who alone can satisfy the deepest hungers and thirsts of our heart. We are to seek a personal relationship with the Lord and the way of life that flows from that relationship.

The gospel reading reminds us that when we seek the Lord, he is at the same time seeking us. Having appointed the twelve Jesus calls on them to go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. Later in this gospel Jesus will say, ‘I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.’ In the Gospel of Luke, Jesus says more broadly, ‘The Son of Man came to seek out and to save the lost.’ Jesus is like the shepherd who seeks his lost sheep, the woman who seeks her lost coin, the father who seeks out his lost sons. Jesus is always seeking us, especially when we turn from him. When we ‘constantly seek his face’ we discover that the Lord is constantly seeking us. Our seeking of him is always a response to his seeking us, even when we are not aware of it.



The Scripture Readings are taken from The Jerusalem Bible, 1966/7/8 published 1966/7/8 by Darton, Longman and Todd Ltd and used with the permission of the publishers.  http://dltbooks.com/
The Gospel Reflection is available with our thanks from Reflections on the Weekday Readings 2021-2022: My Words Will Not Pass Away by Martin Hogan and published by Messenger Publications  c/f www.messenger.ie/bookstore
Liturgical Readings for: Wednesday, 6th July, 2022
CÉAD LÉACHT

Sliocht as an  Leabhar Hóséa, Fáidh.Hóséa               10:1-3. 7-8. 10
Óir is mithid daoibh an Tiarna a lorg

Seo mar a deir an Tiarna

Fíniúin bhláfar a thugadh flúirse torthaí uaidh, ba ea Iosrael;
Ach dá líonmhaire a thorthaí, b’amhlaidh ba líonmhaire a altóirí;
agus dá shaibhre a chuid talún, b’amhlaidh ba mhaisiúla na liagáin a thóg sé.
Croí dúbailte atá acu, ach tá siad ar tí a smachtaithe anois.
Brisfidh an Tiarna a n-altóirí, agus scriosfaidh sé a liagáin.
Go deimhin déarfaidh siad ansin: “Níl aon rí againn (mar ní eagal linn an Tiarna).”
Ach cad d’fhéadfadh rí a dhéanamh ar ár son?

Díothófar an tSamáir agus a rí, agus ní bheidh inti ach mar a bheadh slis ar bharr toinne.
Scriosfar na scrínte cnoc urchóideacha, mar a bpeacaíonn Iosrael,
agus fásfaidh driseacha agus feochadáin ar a n-altóirí.

Cuirigí síolta an ionracais daoibh féin; bainigí fómhar an bhuanghrá;
brisigí bhur bhfearann branair, óir is mithid daoibh an Tiarna a lorg
nó go dtiocfaidh sé chun an fhíréantacht a shileadh oraibh.

Briathar an Tiarna         Buíochas le Dia

Salm le Freagra          Sm 104
Freagra                           Lorgaígí  ghnúis an Tiarna de shíor.

1. Bígí ag canadh dó, déanaigí a mholadh;
insígí a éachtaí go léir.
Déanaigí mórtas as a ainm óir is naofa é;
gairdigí, a lucht iarrtha, an Tiarna.                          Freagra

2. Breathnaígí an Tiarna agus a chumhacht;
lorgaígí a ghnúis de shíor.
Cuimhnigí ar na héachtaí a rinne sé;
ar a mhíorúiltí agus ar bhreitheanna a bhéil.         Freagra

3. A shliocht Abrahám, a lucht fónaimh féin!
a chlann Iacóib dá ndearna sé rogha!
Is é an Tiarna féin ár nDia
a bhfuil a bhreitheanna i réim ar fud na cruinne. Freagra

SOISCÉAL

Go raibh an Tiarna libh.            Agus le do spiorad féin
Sliocht as Soiscéal naofa de réir Naomh Mhatha       10: 1-7       Glóir duit, a Thiarna.
Téigí faoi dhéin chaoirigh caillte theaghlach Iosrael.


San am sin ghlaoigh Íosa chuige a dháréag deisceabal agus thug dóibh údarás ar na spioraid mhíghlana chun go gcaithfidís amach iad agus go leigheasfaidís gach galar agus gach éagruas.

Is iad seo ainmneacha an dá aspal déag: Síomón ar dtús, ar a dtugtar Peadar, agus Aindrias a dheartháir, Séamas mac Zeibidé agus Eoin a dheartháir, Pilib agus Parthalán, Tomás agus Matha poibleacánach, Séamas mac Ailfáias agus Tadáias, Síomón Díograiseach agus Iúdás Isceiriót, an fear a bhraith é.

Íosa uaidh an dáréag sin leis na horduithe seo leanas:
Ná gabhaigí an bóthar chun na ngintlithe agus ná téigí isteach i gcathair Shamárach ar bith; ní hea, ach téigí faoi dhéin chaoirigh caillte theaghlach Iosrael. Agus in bhur mbóthar daoibh, bígí á fhógairt go bhfuil ríocht na bhflaitheas in achmaireacht.

Soiscéal an Tiarna.            Moladh duit, a Chriost



AN BÍOBLA NAOFA
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Liturgical Readings for: Sunday, 10th July, 2022

15th Sunday of Ordinary Time


FIRST READING           

A reading from the Book of Deuteronomy           30: 10-14
Theme: The Word is very near to you for your observance.

Moses said to the people:
'Obey the voice of the Lord your God, keeping those commandments and laws of his that are written in the Book of this Law, and if you return to the Lord your God with all your heart and soul.

'For this Law that I enjoin on you today is not beyond your strength or beyond your reach. It is not in heaven, so that you need to wonder, "Who will go up to heaven for us and bring it down to us, so that we may hear it and keep it?" Nor is it beyond the seas, so that you need to wonder, "Who will cross the seas for us and bring it back to us, so that we may hear it and keep it?"
No, the Word is very near to you, it is in your mouth and in your heart for your observance.'

The word of the Lord                Thanks be to God.

Responsorial Psalm            Ps 68
Response                                 Seek the Lord, you who are poor, and your hearts will revive.


1. This is my prayer to you,
my prayer for your favour.
In your great love, answer me, O God,
with your help that never fails:
Lord, answer, for your love is kind;
in your compassion, turn towards me.                Response

2. As for me in my poverty and pain
let your help, O God, lift me up.
I will praise God's name with a song;
I will glorify him with thanksgiving.                     Response

3. The poor when they see it will be glad
and God-seeking hearts will revive;
for the Lord listens to the needy
and does not spurn his servants in their chains. Response

4. For God will bring help to Zion
and rebuild the cities of Judah.
The sons of his servants shall inherit it;
those who love his name shall dwell there.          Response

SECOND READING              

A reading from the letter of St Paul to the Colossians        1: 15-20
Theme: All things were created through Christ and for him.

Christ Jesus is the image of the unseen God and the first-born of all creation,
for in him were created all things in heaven and on earth:
everything visible and everything invisible,
Thrones, Dominations, Sovereignties, Powers –
all things were created through him and for him.

Before anything was created, he existed, and he holds all things in unity.
Now the Church is his body, he is its head.
As he is the Beginning, he was first to be born from the dead,
so that he should be first in every way; because God wanted all perfection
to be found in him
and all things to be reconciled through him and for him, everything in heaven and everything on earth,
when he made peace by his death on the cross.

The Word of the Lord             Thanks be to God.

Gospel  Acclamation         Jn 15: 15
Alleluia, alleluia!
The sheep that belong to me listen to my voice, says the Lord,
I know them and they follow me.
Alleluia!

Or                                             Jn : 63.68
Alleluia, alleluia!
Your words are spirit and they are life: you have the message of eternal life.
Alleluia!

GOSPEL

The Lord be with you.          And with your spirit
A reading from the Gospel according to Luke       10: 25-37        Glory to you, O Lord
Theme: Who is my neighbour?


There was a lawyer who, to disconcert Jesus, stood up and said to him,
'Master, what must I do to inherit eternal life?'
He said to him,
'What is written in the Law? What do you read there?'
He replied,
'You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind,
and your neighbour as yourself'.
'You have answered right,' said Jesus 'do this and life is yours.'

But the man was anxious to justify himself and said to Jesus,
'And who is my neighbour?'
Jesus replied,
'A man was once on his way down from Jerusalem to Jericho and fell into the hands of brigands; they took all he had, beat him and then made off, leaving him half dead. Now a priest happened to be travelling down the same road, but when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. In the same way a Levite who came to the place saw him, and passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan traveller who came upon him was moved with compassion when he saw him. He went up and bandaged his wounds, pouring oil and wine on them. He then lifted him on to his own mount, carried him to the inn and looked after him. Next day, he took out two denarii and handed them to the innkeeper. "Look after him," he said "and on my way back I will make good any extra expense you have." Which of these three, do you think, proved himself a neighbour to the man who fell into the brigands` hands?'
'The one who took pity on him' he replied.
Jesus said to him, 'Go, and do the same yourself.'

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

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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, 10th July, 2022
CÉAD LÉACHT

Sliocht as  LeabharDeotranaimí       30:10-14
Tá an briathar an-ghar duit le comhlíonadh.

Dúirt Maois lesi an bpobal: má ghéilleann tú do ghlór an Tiarna do Dhia agus a aitheanta a choimeád agus na reachtanna leis atá scríofa sa leabhar seo a dhlí, agus má chasann tú chun an Tiarna do Dhia ó do chroí go hiomlán agus ó d’anam go hiomlán.

ir an dlí seo a aithním duit inniu níl sé thar do chumas ná gan breith agat air. Ní ar neamh atá sé agus nár mhór duit a rá: ‘Cé rachaidh suas ar neamh dúinn lena bhreith anuas chugainn, chun go gcluinfimís é agus déanamh dá réir?” Ní mó ná sin is thar lear atá agus nár mhór duit a rá: ‘Cé rachaidh thar lear dúinn agus é a thabhairt chugainn chun go gcluinfimís é agus déanamh dá réir?” Ní amhlaidh atá; tá an briathar an-ghar duit; tá sé i do bhéal agus i do chroí agat le comhlíonadh.'

Briathar an Tiarna           Buíochas le Dia

Salm le Freagra            Sm 68
Freagra                           Cuardaigh an Tiarna, a dhaoine ísle, agus athbheofar bhur gcroí

1. Chugatsa a chuirim m'urnaí, a Thiarna,
an uair is mian leat féin.
Éist liom de réir do bhuanghrá
agus do chúnaimh chinnte.
Freagair mé as ucht do dhilghrá, a Thiarna;
iompaigh chugam de réir do thrócaire.                 Freagra

2. Maidir liomsa, nuair is daibhir dobrónach mé,
tógadh do chúnamh mé, a Dhia.
Molfaidh mé ainm Dé le hamhrán;
déanfaidh mé é a mhóradh le haltú buíochais.     Freagra

3. Beidh áthas ar na hísle nuair a fheicfidh siad é;
athbheofar croíthe lucht cuardaithe an Tiarna.
Éisteann an Tiarna leis na daoine bochta,
is ní thugann droim láimhe da bhraighdeanaigh. Freagra

4. Óir déanfaidh Dia Síón a shaoradh
agus atógfaidh sé cathracha Iúda.
Beidh siad ina n-oidhreacht ag sliocht a sheir bhíseach,
ag an muintir a thugann grá dá ainm.                    Freagra

DARA LÉACHT

Sliocht as céad Litir Naomh Pól chuig na Colosaigh          1:15-20
Is trí an Chríost a cruthaíodh an t-iomlán.

Is íomhá den Dia dofheicthe é agus céadghin gach dúile cruthaithe
mar is trídsean a cruthaíodh a bhfuil ar neamh agus ar talamh
bídís sofheicthe nó dofheicthe, idir Thróin agus Thiarnais
idir Phrionsachtaí agus Chumhachtaí.
Is trídsean agus dósan a cruthaíodh an t-iomlán.

Tá tosach aige orthu uile agus is ann a choinnítear ar bun iad.
Is é ceann an choirp é, ceann na hEaglaise.
Is é an tús é, an chéadghin ó mhairbh i dtreo go mbeadh an tosach aige ar gach slí.
Mar is ann ab áil le lánmhaireacht iomlán Dé a bheith ina cónaí,
agus is trídsean ab áil leis gach a bhfuil ar neamh agus ar talamh
a thabhairt chun athmhuintearais leis féin.

Briathar an Tiarna                      Buíochas le Dia

Alleluia Véarsa                         Eo 10: 27
Alleluia, alleluia!
Éisteann mo chaoirigh le mo ghlór,a deir the Tiarna agus aithním iad, agus leanann siad mé.
Alleluia!

Comhgháir an tSoiscéil          Eo 6: 63, 68
Alleluia, alleluia!
Na focail atá ráite agat, a Thiarna, is spiorad agus is beatha iad.
Is agatsa atá briathra na beatha síoraí
Alleluia!

SOISCÉAL 

Go raibh an Tiarna libh.            Agus le do spiorad féin
Sliocht as Soiscéal naofa de réir Naomh       Lúcás 10:25-37           Glóir duit, a Thiarna.
Agus cé hé mo chomharsa?

San am sin d’éirigh dlíodóir ina sheasamh agus dúirt leis, á phromhadh:
A Mháistir, cad tá le déanamh agam chun go mbeinn páirteach sa bheatha shíoraí?”
Dúirt sé leis:
“Cad tá scríofa sa dlí? Cad a léann tú ann?”
D’fhreagair sé agus dúirt:
“‘Gráóidh tú do Thiarna Dia ó do chroí go hiomlán agus ó d’anam go hiomlán agus ó do neart go hiomlán agus ó d’aigne go hiomlán’; agus ‘do chomharsa mar thú féin.’”
Dúirt sé leis:
Thug tú an freagra ceart: déan an méid sin agus beidh an bheatha agat.”

Ach ó b’áil leis seo a cheart a phlé, dúirt sé le Íosa:
“Agus cé hé mo chomharsa?”
Thug Íosa freagra air á rá:
“Bhí fear ag dul síos ó Iarúsailéim go hIreachó, agus tharla i measc robálaithe é a rinne é lomadh agus é leadradh agus é a fhágáil ina ndiaidh leathmharbh. Ach le halt na haon uaire, bhí sagart ag dul síos an bóthar sin, agus ar a fheiceáil dó, ghabh sé don taobh thall thairis. Mar an gcéanna do Léivíteach: ar theacht chun na háite agus ar a fheiceáil dó, ghabh sé don taobh thall thairis.

Ach, Samárach a bhí ag gabháil an bóthar, tháinig sé mar a raibh sé, agus ar a fheiceáil dó, ghabh trua é, agus chuaigh sé anonn chuige agus chuir ceangal ar a chréachta, tar éis dó ola agus fíon a dhoirteadh iontu; chuir sé ar mhuin a bheithígh féin é, sheol go teach ósta é, agus rinne cúram de. Agus lá arna mhárach, thóg sé amach dhá dhéanar agus thug don óstóir iad agus dúirt: ‘Déan cúram de, agus cibé méid a chaithfidh tú thairis sin, íocfaidh mé leat é ag filleadh dom.’ Cé acu den triúr sin, do bharúil, ba chomharsa don té a tharla i líon na robálaithe?”
Dúirt sé: “An té a rinne an trócaire air.”
Dúirt Íosa leis: “Imigh leat, agus déan féin mar an gcéanna.”

Soiscéal an Tiarna.       Moladh duit, a Chriost

 



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