Sunday, 29 April 2012

International Eucharistic Congress - What pilgrims can expect

This video provides an insight into the upcoming 
International Eucharistic Congress in Dublin 
and what pilgrims can expect. 
Click here to see all about it. 

Sunday, 15 April 2012

The Eucharistic Congress in Our Parish

The Lamb of God, St Mary's Church, Saggart

The above photo is the one I should have used for the previous post for Easter. Instead of the image of the Lamb of God from St Patrick's Cathedral (Dublin), I could (and should) have used the lovely image in our own church here in Saggart.  Imagine, it was only this afternoon (Sunday) that I really saw this image for the first time. Since it's inside the sanctuary, a protected area of the church that one does not see up close or visit very often, and, furthermore, since it's on the floor, an area one hastens over whenever one does have occasion to be inside the sanctuary, I could be excused for never really noticing it till today. And only today did I make out the scroll on each side of the lamb-image: Adoremus in aeternum sanctissimum sacramentum.  Parishioners of a certain age will remember singing that at Benediction long ago.

Benediction, of course, means Blessing, and the priest blesses the congregation with the host in the monstrance. Which brings us to the Eucharist, and the Eucharistic Congress taking place in June. There are, of course, the big events being organised in the RDS and Croke Park for that week (June 10-17, see link, right-hand side of this page), but what is happening in the parish, one may ask?  A few volunteers have stepped bravely up to the mark and have been meeting over the past few weeks (under the auspices of the Parish Pastoral Council) to prepare some events. There is no blueprint for this, and we are just doing our best to mark this occasion locally. I know that many people feel it's a bad time to organise such an event, and we sincerely hope we don't come across as a group of 'religious fanatics' in any way.  No, we're just a group of people who agreed to do something, something we're not too sure about but which we hope is positive, hope-giving, cheering in some way etc.  And if all these good things add up to 'religious', then surely 'religious' is basically ok?

You will have seen the new display boards in the churches. That's one concrete sign of things happening.  More such signs, we hope, will be announced soon. Needless to say, all suggestions and offers to help out would be very welcome.

Thursday, 5 April 2012

A Poem/Hymn for Easter   


Window from St Patrick's Cathedral,  Dublin
Agnus Dei qui tollis peccata mundi, dona nobis pacem 

This time of year always brings to mind the poem by Katharine Tynan, 'Sheep and Lambs', which you can listen to on YouTube as a hymn. When we're out in the lovely countryside so near us here at the limits of the city, we can see the lambs in the fields, and, especially this week, think of what that poem says about the Lamb of God. Katharine Tynan grew up in Clondalkin, and there is a fine collection of her works in Tallaght Library.                                                                                                                                 
        The sheep with their lambs   
    Passed me by on the road
All in the April evening
             I thought on the Lamb of God.

             Up in the blue, blue mountains
        Dewy pastures were sweet:
   Rest for the little bodies,
Rest for the little feet.

      But for the Lamb of God,
    Up on the hill-top green,
 Only a Cross of shame
               Two stark crosses between.      

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