A reflection for Good Friday

Reading: Isaiah 53:3-12 He was despised and rejected by others;a man of suffering and acquainted with infirmity;and as one from whom others hide their faceshe was despised, and we held him of no account. Surely he has borne our infirmitiesand carried our diseases;yet we accounted him stricken,struck down by God, and afflicted.But he was wounded for our transgressions,crushed for our iniquities;upon him was the punishment … Continue reading A reflection for Good Friday

Easter Sunday

Easter Day – The First Sunday of Easter

12 April 2020 Collect Almighty God,through your only-begotten Son Jesus Christyou have overcome deathand opened to us the gate of everlasting life:Grant that, as by your grace going before usyou put into our minds good desires,so by your continual help we may bring them to good effect;through Jesus Christ our risen Lordwho is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,one God, now and … Continue reading Easter Day – The First Sunday of Easter

St Patrick's Cathedral, Trim

A reflection for Holy Wednesday

Reading: John 13: 21-32 After saying this Jesus was troubled in spirit, and declared, ‘Very truly, I tell you, one of you will betray me.’ The disciples looked at one another, uncertain of whom he was speaking. One of his disciples—the one whom Jesus loved—was reclining next to him; Simon Peter therefore motioned to him to ask Jesus of whom he was speaking. So while … Continue reading A reflection for Holy Wednesday

Christian families in dire need of food aid amid COVID-19 crisis in Pakistan

Christians in rural Pakistan currently face starvation. Most of the adults work in nearby factories on subsistence wages. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the factories have closed down. Pakistan does not have a social security system so the concept of no work and no money is a sad reality for the Christians in the village of Alomahar, north of Lahore, and all over Pakistan. Some … Continue reading Christian families in dire need of food aid amid COVID-19 crisis in Pakistan

The Sixth Sunday in Lent (Palm Sunday)

5 April 2020 Collect Almighty and everlasting God, who, in your tender love towards the human race, sent your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ to take upon him our flesh and to suffer death upon the cross: Grant that we may follow the example of his patience and humility, and also be made partakers of his resurrection; through Jesus Christ our Lord. The Psalm: Psalm … Continue reading The Sixth Sunday in Lent (Palm Sunday)

COVID-19: Resources for family activities

The Church of Ireland is keen to support families in growing their faith at this time. A new page with resources for families has been launched this afternoon in the Parish Resources section of the central Church website. COVID-19: Resources for Family Activities highlights links to resources from the Children’s Ministry Network, the Family Time book for primary school-aged children (now available to download for … Continue reading COVID-19: Resources for family activities

A reflection on the Gospel according to John, chapter 11.

Today’s gospel reading is the powerful account of Lazarus being restored to life by Jesus. It is such a well-known bible story that the name of Lazarus has come to be associated with anyone who makes a remarkable recovery from illness, or who survives it against the odds. Some time ago, when I visited an elderly person who was very ill in a nursing home, … Continue reading A reflection on the Gospel according to John, chapter 11.