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God’s Protection.

God’s Protection.

God the Father, protect you with his care,

God the Son, lead you in the right path,

God the Spirit, fill you with his love,

And the blessing of God almighty,

the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit

be with you and remain with you always.



May God bless You.

May God surround you with his love,

may he protect you on every side,

may he bless you for your kindness,

and may he guide you in your service for him

and the blessing of God almighty,

the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit

be with you and remain with you always.


Source: Celtic Prayers & Reflections by Jenny Child.

May 27 - St Augustine (d. 604/5)

Summary of St Augustine of Canterbury who was born in Italy in the sixth century; died at Canterbury (England) around 605. A prior of a Roman monastery who was sent by Saint Gregory the Great (3 September) to preach the gospel to the English. Arrived in England the following year after being ordained a bishop while in Gaul. He evangelised the kingdom of Kent. Venerated by Catholics and Anglicans alike as founder of the metropolitan see of Canterbury.
gusAugustine arrives in England
"Your words are fair, but of doubtful meaning; I cannot forsake what I have so long believed. But as you have come from far we will not molest you; you may preach, and gain as many as you can to your religion." These were the words of greeting in the summer of 597 of King Ethelbert, Isle of Thanet, to the Italian monk Augustine sent there by Pope Gregory the Great to evangelise the English. Patrick Duffy outlines Augustine's story. See also St Gregory the Great (3rd September).

An Italian monk sent by Pope Gregory the Great
Augustine was believed to have been a pupil of Felix, bishop of Messana, Sicily. He became a monk and later prior of St Andrew's monastery on the Coelian Hill in Rome. Pope Gregory chose him to lead a party of around 30 monks to evangelise England. They sailed first to Provence, but warned of the dangers of England, soon returned to Rome. Gregory encouraged Augustine with letters of recommendation, so he set out a second time.

Cautiously received by King Ethelbert 597
Arriving at the island of Thanet in Kent on the south-east coast, Augustine was cautiously received by Ethelbert, the pagan king of Kent, whose wife Bertha, a sister of the Frankish king, was already a Christian. Ethelbert gave Augustine a place to live in Canterbury and permission to preach; after some time he accepted baptism himself.

Bishop of the English
In the following year Augustine went to Arles where he was consecrated bishop of the English by St Virgilius of Arles. Augustine sent two of his monks back to Rome to report to Pope Gregory on the success of his mission so far. They returned from Gregory in 601 bringing more missionaries and the pallium for Augustine (symbolising his metropolitan jurisdiction). Pope Gregory also instructed him to consecrate twelve suffragan bishops for his own metropolitan area and to set up one in the north with twelve more bishops. He gave further instructions to set up a second metropolitan centre at York with its own twelve suffragan bishops and though this did not take place in Augustine's own lifetime, it was how the organisation of the Church in England eventually progressed.

gus2Canterbury as the primatial see
Augustine founded Christ Church, Canterbury, as his cathedral and it became the primatial see of England. He also set up the monastery of Saints Peter and Paul (known after his death as St Augustine’s and where the early archbishops were buried). In 604 Augustine established the episcopal sees of London and Rochester, with Roman monks Mellitus and Justus as bishops. He died soon after this.

Correspondence between Pope Gregory and Bishop Augustine
The surviving letters between Pope Gregory and Bishop Augustine show the former as the wise instigator of the project of evangelising the English. Augustine comes across as an inexperienced but diligent disciple carrying out in Britain the directions of his superior in Rome.
Liturgical Readings for: Wednesday, 27th May, 2020

Wednesday, 7th Week of Easter


 A reading from the Acts of the Apostles       20:28-38
I commend you to God, who has power to build you up and to give you your inheritance.

Paul addressed these words to the elders of the church of Ephesus 'Be on your guard for yourselves and for all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you the overseers, to feed the Church of God which he bought with his own blood. I know quite well that when I have gone fierce wolves will invade you and will have no mercy on the flock. Even from your own ranks there will be men coming forward with a travesty of the truth on their lips to induce the disciples to follow them. So be on your guard, remembering how night and day for three years I never failed to keep you right, shedding tears over each one of you. And now I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace that has power to build you up and to give you your inheritance among all the sanctified.

'I have never asked anyone for money or clothes; you know for yourselves that the work I did earned enough to meet my needs and those of my companions. I did this to show you that this is how we must exert ourselves to support the weak, remembering the words of the Lord Jesus, who himself said, "There is more happiness in giving than in receiving."

When he had finished speaking he knelt down with them all and prayed. By now they were all in tears; they put their arms round Paul's neck and kissed him; what saddened them most was his saying they would never see his face again. Then they escorted him to the ship.

The Word of the Lord

Responsorial Psalm         Ps 67
Response                               Kingdoms of the earth, sing to God.
Or                                            Alleluia!

1. Show forth, O God, show forth your might,
your might, O God, which you have shown for us.
For the sake of your temple high in Jerusalem
may kings come to you bringing their tribute.          Response

2. Kingdoms of the earth, sing to God, praise the Lord
who rides on the heavens, the ancient heavens.
He thunders his voice, his mighty voice.
Come, acknowledge the power of God.                       Response

3. His glory is over Israel; his might is in the skies.
God is to be feared in his holy place.
He is the Lord, Israel's God.
He gives strength and power to his people.
Blessed be God!                                                             Response

Gospel Acclamation         Mt 28: 10. 20
Alleluia, alleluia!
Go, make disciples of all the nations:
I am with you always: yes, to the end of time.

or                                           Jn 17: 17
Alleluia, alleluia!
Your word is truth, 0 Lord,
consecrate us in the truth.


A reading from the holy Gospel according to John      17:11-19
Holy Father, that they may be one like us.

Jesus raised his eyes to heaven and said:

Holy Father,
keep those you have given me true to your name,
so that they may be one like us.
While I was with them,
I kept those you had given me true to your name.
I have watched over them
and not one is lost except the one who chose to be lost,
and this was to fulfil the scriptures.
But now I am coming to you
and while still in the world I say these things
to share my joy with them to the full.
I passed your word on to them,
and the world hated them,
because they belong to the world
no more than I belong to the world.

I am not asking you to remove them from the world,
but to protect them from the evil one.
They do not belong to the world any more than I belong to the world.
Consecrate them in the truth; your word is truth.
As you sent me into the world,
I have sent them into the world,
and for their sake I consecrate myself
so that they too may be consecrated in truth.

The Gospel of the Lord.


Gospel Reflection          Wednesday               Seventh Week of Easter              John 17:11-19

In today’s gospel we have an extract from the prayer of Jesus for his disciples, set in the context of the last supper. In that prayer Jesus declares that since first calling his disciples to himself he has watched over them and kept them true to God’s name. Now in prayer he calls on his Father to keep them true to God’s name. His prayer to the Father on their behalf is a further expression of the commitment he has shown to his disciples since first calling them. His intercessory prayer is an extension of the many ways he had served them since they first began to follow him. In a similar way, our prayer for others is an expression of our commitment to them, our care for them; it is one of the ways we serve others. By his own intercessory prayer for his disciples - and that includes all of us - Jesus teaches us the value of all intercessory prayer. Intercessory prayer, prayer for others, has been at the heart of the church’s prayer life since the time of Jesus. Paul in his letters frequently refers to his intercessory prayers for his churches and he often calls on his churches to pray for him. Both Jesus and Paul were heirs to a Jewish tradition that greatly valued this form of prayer. Praying for others is one of the ways we give expression to our communion with others in the Lord.

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/



Liturgical Readings for: Wednesday, 27th May, 2020

Sliocht as Leabhar Gníomhartha na nAspal         20:28-38
Fágaim sibh anois faoi choimirce Dé agus bhriathar a ghrásta atá in ann sibh a thógáil suas agus oidhreacht a thabhairt daoibh

Leabhair Pól le sinsir ne heaglaise in Eifeasas mar leanas: Tugaigí aire daoibh féin mar sin agus don tréad ar fad a bhfuil sibh ceaptha in bhur maoir air ag an Spiorad Naomh chun bheith in bhur n-aoirí ar an Eaglais a cheannaigh sé dó féin lena chuid fola. “Tá a fhios agam nuair a bheidh mise imithe go dtiocfaidh in bhur measc faolchúnna craosacha nach mbeidh trua ná taise don tréad acu. Agus tá daoine agaibh féin a éireoidh agus a thabharfaidh teagasc claon d’fhonn deisceabail a mhealladh chucu. Bígí ag faire dá bhrí sin agus cuimhnígí air nár stad mise ar feadh trí bliana ach ag tabhairt comhairle don uile dhuine agaibh de lá is d’oíche agus na deora i mo shúile. Fágaim sibh anois faoi choimirce Dé agus bhriathar a ghrásta atá in ann sibh a thógáil suas agus oidhreacht a thabhairt daoibh i measc an phobail naofa go léir.

Níor shantaigh mé ór ná airgead ná éadach le duine ar bith. Tá a fhios agaibh féin gurb iad na lámha seo a choinnigh riar ár gcáis liom féin agus le mo chompánaigh. Chuir mé ar bhur súile daoibh i gcónaí gur ag obair mar sin ba cheart cabhrú leis na laga agus cuimhneamh ar ráiteas úd an Tiarna mar a ndúirt sé gur mó is méanar rud a thabhairt uait ná rud a fháíl.”

Nuair a bhí an méid sin ráite aige, lig sé é féin ar a ghlúine agus rinne sé guí chun Dé
leo go léir. Bhí siad go léir ag gol go fuíoch, iad á gcaitheamh féin ar bhráid Phóil agus á mhúchadh le póga. Is é rud a chuir an chumha ar fad orthu, an focal úd a dúirt sé nach
bhfeicfidís a ghnúis ní ba mhó. Agus rinne siad é a thionlacan chun na loinge.

Briathar Dé.  

Salm le freagra                     Sm 67
Freagra                                   Canaigí do Dhia, a ríochtaí na cruinne.
Malairt le freagra                Alleluia! 
1. Cruinnigh do chumhacht, a Dhia, nocht dúinn do neart,
an chumhacht sin a d’oibrigh tú a Dhia, ar ár son.
As ucht do theampaill in Iarúsailéim in airde,
bíonn mórán ríthe ag tabhairt tíolacthaí chugat.      Freagra 

2. Canaigí do Dhia, a ríochtaí na cruinne,
seinnigí moladh ar an gcláirseach don Tiarna Selah
atá ina shuí ar néalta neimhe os ar gcionn in airde;
ardaíonn sé a ghlór agus is cumasach an glór é.       Freagra 

3. Tagaigí agus admhaígí mórchumhacht Dé
a bhfuil ceannas aige ar Iosrael agus cumhacht sna spéartha.
Is ineaglaithe Dia Iosrael ina shanctóir naofa;
is é a thugann neart agus cumhacht dá phobal.
Moladh le Dia!                                                                 Freagra 
Sliocht as an Soiscéal naofa de réir Naomh Eoin       17:11-19
Athair naofa, go mba aon iad faoi mar is aon sinne.

San am sin agus ar thógáil a shúl chun na bhflaitheas dúirt Íosa agus é ag guí:
A Athair naofa coinnigh iad i d’ainm –
an t-ainm a chuir tú faoi mo chúram,
ionas go mba aon iad faoi mar is aon sinne.
Fad a bhí mé faru,
choinnigh mé iad i d’ainm
– an t-ainm a chuir tú faoi mo chúram,
agus thug mé aire dóibh,
agus níor imigh íde ar aon duine acu,
ach ar mhac na híde,
ionas go gcomhlíonfaí an scrioptúr.
Ach anois táim ag teacht ag triall ort,
agus tá an chaint seo á rá agam ar an saol,
ionas go mbeadh an lúcháir is liomsa
go hiomlán acu iontu féin.hug mé dóibh do bhriathar,
agus thug an saol fuath dóibh,
óir ní den saol iad, faoi mar nach den saol mise.
Nílim á ghuí go dtógfá as an saol iad,
ach go gcoinneofá ón Olc iad.
Ní den saol iad, faoi mar nach den saol mise.
Déan iad a naomhú san fhírinne. Is fírinne do bhriathar.
Faoi mar a chuir tusa mise uait isteach sa saol,
chuir mise iadsan isteach sa saol.
Naomhaím mé féin ar a son,
ionas go mbeidh siadsan, chomh maith,
naomhaithe san fhírinne.

Soiscéal Dé.

© An Sagart
Liturgical Readings for: Sunday, 31st May, 2020

- Vigil and Feast of Pentecost  -

Saturday Vigil Mass

(This Mass is celebrated on Saturday evening of Pentecost. Anyone of the following readings from the Old Testament may be chosen)


A reading from the Book of Genesis   11:1-9
It was named Babel therefore, because there the Lord confused the language of the whole earth.

Throughout the earth men spoke the same language, with the same vocabulary. Now as they moved eastwards they found a plain in the land of Shinar where they settled. They said to one another, 'Come, let us make bricks and bake them in the fire.' - For stone they used bricks, and for mortar they used bitumen. - 'Come,' they said. 'let us build ourselves a town and a tower with its top reaching heaven. Let us make a name for ourselves, so that we may not be scattered about the whole earth.'

Now the Lord came down to see the town and the tower that the sons of man had built. 'So they are all a single people with a single language!' said the Lord. 'This is but the start of their undertakings! There will be nothing too hard for them to do, Come, let us go down and confuse their language on the spot so that they can no longer understand one another.' The Lord scattered them thence over the whole face of the earth, and they stopped building the town. It was named Babel therefore, because there the Lord confused the language of the whole earth. It was from there that the Lord scattered them over the whole face of the earth.

The Word of the Lord

Alternative First Readings   

A reading from the Book of  Exodus    19: 3-8. 16-20
The Lord came down on the mountain of Sinai before all the people

Moses went up to God, and the Lord called to him from the mountain, saying, 'Say this to the House of Jacob, declare this to the sons of Israel, "You yourselves have seen what I did with the Egyptians, how I carried you on eagle's wings and brought you to myself. From this you know that now, if you obey my voice and hold fast to my covenant, you of all the nations shall be my very own, for all the earth is mine. I will count you a kingdom of priests, a consecrated nation." Those are the words you are to speak to the sons of lsrael.' So Moses went and summoned the elders of the people, putting before them all that the Lord had bidden him. Then all the people answered as one, 'All that the Lord has said, we will do.'

Now at daybreak on the third day there were peals of thunder on the mountain and lightning flashes, a dense cloud, and a loud trumpet blast, and inside the camp all the people trembled. Then Moses led the people out of the camp to meet God; and they stood at the bottom of the mountain. The mountain of Sinai was entirely wrapped in smoke, because the Lord had descended on it in the form of fire. Like smoke from a furnace the smoke went up, and the whole mountain shook violently. Louder and louder grew the sound of the trumpet. Moses spoke, and God answered him with peals of thunder. The Lord came down on the mountain of Sinai, on the mountain top, and the Lord called Moses to the top of the mountain.

The Word of the Lord

Or  A reading from the Book of Ezekiel      37:1-14
Dry bones, I am now going to make the breath enter you, and you will live.

The hand of the Lord was laid on me, and he carried me away by the spirit of the Lord and set me down in the middle of a valley, a valley full of bones. He made me walk up and down among them. There were vast quantities of these bones on the ground the whole length of the valley; and they were quite dried up.He said to me, 'Son of man, can these bones live?' I said, 'You know, Lord.' He said, 'Prophesy over these bones. Say, "Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord. The Lord says this to these bones: I am now going to make the breath enter you, and you will live. I shall put sinews on you, I shall make flesh grow on you, I shall cover you with skin and give you breath, and you will live; and you will learn that I am the Lord."'

I prophesied as I had been ordered. While I was prophesying, there was a noise, a sound of clattering; and the bones joined together.I looked, and saw that they were covered with sinews; flesh was growing on them and skin was covering them, but there was no breath in them. He said to me, 'Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man. Say to the breath, "The Lord says this: Come from the four winds, breath; breathe on these dead; let them live!"' I prophesied as he had ordered me, and the breath entered them; they came to life again and stood up on their feet, a great, an immense army. Then he said, 'Son of man, these bones are the whole House of Israel. They keep saying, "Our bones are dried up, our hope has gone; we are as good as dead." So prophesy. Say to them, "The Lord says this: I am now going to open your graves; I mean to raise you from your graves, my people, and lead you back to the soil of Israel.  And you will know that I am the Lord when I open your graves and raise you from your graves, my people. And I shall put my spirit in you, and you will live, and I shall resettle you on your own soil; and you will know that I, Yahweh, have said and done this - it is the Lord who speaks."'

The Word of the Lord

Or  A reading from the Book of Joel     3:1-5
I will pour out my spirit on all mankind.

Thus says the Lord:
'I will pour out my spirit on all mankind.
Your sons and daughters shall prophesy,
your old men shall dream dreams,
and your young men see visions.
Even on the slaves, men and women,
will I pour out my spirit in those days.
I will display portents in heaven and on earth.
blood. and fire and columns of smoke.'

The sun will be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood,
before the day of the Lord dawns, that great and terrible day.
All who calI on the name of the Lord will be saved,
for on Mount Zion there will be some who have escaped, as the Lord has said,
and in Jerusalem some survivors whom the Lord will call.

The Word of the Lord

Responsorial Psalm        Ps 103
Response                             Send forth your Spirit, O Lord, and renew the face of the earth.
or                                             Alleluia!

1. Bless the Lord, my soul!
Lord God, how great you are,
clothed in majesty and glory,
wrapped in light as in a robe!                   Response                   

2. How many are your works, O Lord!
In wisdom you have made them all.
The earth is full of your riches.
Bless the Lord, my soul.                            Response                   

3. All of these look to you
to give them their food in due season.
You give it, they gather it up:
you open your hand, they have their fill Response

4. You take back your spirit, they die,
returning to the dust from which they came.
You send forth your spirit, they are created;
and you renew the face of the earth.         Response    


A reading from the letter of St Paul to the Romans         8:22-27
The Spirit himself expresses our plea in a way that could never be put into words.

From the beginning till now the entire creation, as we know, has been groaning in one great act of giving birth; and not only creation, but all of us who possess the first-fruits of the Spirit, we too groan inwardly as we wait for our bodies to be set free. For we must be content to hope that we shall be saved - our salvation is not in sight, we should not have to be hoping for it if it were - but, as I say, we must hope to be saved since we are not saved yet - it is something we must wait for with patience.

The Spirit too comes to help us in our weakness. For when we cannot choose words in order to pray properly, the Spirit himself expresses our plea in a way that could never be put into words, and God who knows everything in our hearts knows perfectly well what he means, and that the pleas of the saints expressed by the Spirit are according to the mind of God.

The Word of the Lord

Gospel Acclamation
Alleluia, alleluia!
Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful
and kindle in them the fire of your love.


A reading from the holy Gospel according to John        7:37-39
From his breast shall flow fountains of living water.

On the last day and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood there and cried out:
'If any man is thirsty, let him come to me!
Let the man come and drink who believes in me!'
As scripture says: From his breast shall flow fountains of living water. He was speaking of the Spirit which those who believed in him were to receive; for there was no Spirit as yet because Jesus had not yet been glorified.

 Pentecost Sunday


A reading from the Acts of the Apostles         2:1-11
They were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak.

When Pentecost day came round, they had all met in one room, when suddenly they heard what sounded like a powerful wind from heaven, the noise of which filled the entire house in which they were sitting; and something appeared to them that seemed like tongues of fire; these separated and came to rest on the head of each of them. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak foreign languages as the Spirit gave them the gift of speech.

Now there were devout men living in Jerusalem from every nation under heaven, and at this sound they all assembled, each one bewildered to hear these men speaking his own language. They were amazed and astonished. 'Surely' they said 'all these men speaking are Galileans? How does it happen that each of us hears them in his own native language? Parthians, Medes and Elamites; people from Mesopotamia, Judaea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya round Cyrene; as well as visitors from Rome- Jews and proselytes alike-Cretans and Arabs; we hear them preaching in our own language about the marvels of God.'

Responsorial  Psalm        Ps 103
Response                               Send forth your Spirit, O Lord, and renew the face of the earth.
Or                                              Alleluia.
1. Bless the Lord, my soul!
Lord God, how great you are,
How many are your works, 0 Lord!
The earth is full of your riches.         Response

2. You take back your spirit, they die,
returning to the dust from which they came.
You send forth your spirit, they are created;
and you renew the face of the earth.Response

3. May the glory of the Lord last for ever!
May the Lord rejoice in his works!
May my thoughts be pleasing to him.
I find my joy in the Lord.                    Response

A reading from the first letter of St Paul to the Romans         8:8-17
Everyone moved by the Spirit is a son of God .

People who are interested only in unspiritual things can never be pleasing to God. Your interests, however, are not in the unspiritual, but in the spiritual, since the Spirit of God has made his home in you. In fact, unless you possessed the Spirit of Christ you would not belong to him. Though your body may be dead it is because of sin, but if Christ is in you then your spirit is life itself because you have been justified; and if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, then he who raised Jesus from the dead will give life to your own mortal bodies through his Spirit living in you.

So then, my brothers, there is no necessity for us to obey our unspiritual selves or to live unspiritual lives. If you do live in that way, you are doomed to die; but if by the Spirit you put an end to the misdeeds of the body you will live.

Everyone moved by the Spirit is a son of God. The spirit you received is not the spirit of slaves bringing fear into your lives again; it is the spirit of sons, and it makes us cry out, 'Abba, Father!' The Spirit himself and our spirit bear united witness that we are children of God. And if we are children we are heirs as well: heirs of God and coheirs with Christ, sharing his sufferings so as to share his glory.


Holy Spirit, Lord of light,
From the clear celestial height
Thy pure beaming radiance give.

Come, thou Father of the poor,
Come with treasures which endure;
Come, thou light of all that live!

Thou, of all consolers best,
Thou, the soul's delightful guest,
Dost refreshing peace bestow;

Thou in toil art comfort sweet;
Pleasant coolness in the heat;
Solace in the midst of woe.

Light immortal, light divine,
Visit thou these hearts of thine,
And our inmost being fill:

If thou take thy grace away,
Nothing pure in man will stay;
All his good is turned to ill.

Heal our wounds, our strength renew;
On our dryness pour thy dew;
Wash the stains of guilt away:

Bend the stubborn heart and will;
Melt the frozen, warm the chill;
Guide the steps that go astray.

Thou, on us who evermore
Thee confess and thee adore,
With thy sevenfold gifts descend:

Give us comfort when we die;
Give us life with thee on high;
Give us joys that never end.

Gospel Acclamation
Alleluia, alleluia!
Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful
and kindle in them the fire of your love


A reading from the holy Gospel according to John     14:15-16, 23-26
The Holy Spirit will teach you everything.

Jesus said to his disciples
'If you love me you will keep my commandments.
I shall ask the Father,
and he will give you another Advocate
to be with you for ever,

'If anyone loves me he will keep my word,
and my Father will love him,
and we shall come to him and make our home with him.
Those who do not love me do not keep my words.
And my word is not my own:
it is the word of the one who sent me.

'I have said these things to you
while still with you;
but the Advocate, the Holy Spirit,
whom the Father will send in my name,
will teach you everything
and remind you of all I have said to you.'

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, 31st May, 2020
Domhnach Cincisa



Sliocht as  Leabhar  Gníomhartha na nAspal        2:1-11
Líonadh iad go léir den Spiorad Naomh agus thosaigh siad ag labhairt.

Nuair a tháinig Lá Cincíse bhí siad go léir le chéile ar aon láthair. Agus de phreib tháinig glor ón spéir mar a bheadh séideán gaoithe móire agus líon sé an teach ar fadina raibh siad ina suí. Agus chonacthas dóibh mar bheadh teangacha tine ag scaradh ó chéile nó gur shuigh an tine ar gach duine acu; agus líonadh iad go léir den Spiorad Naomh agus thosaigh siad ag labhairt i dteangacha difriúla de réir mar thug an Spiorad urlabhra dóibh.

Bhí Giúdaigh dhiaganta ó gach cine faoin spéir ag cur fúthu in Iarúsailéim agus nuair a chualathas an glor úd chruinnigh an slua agus iad ar mearbhall de bhrí gur chuala gach duine a theanga féin á labhairt acu san. Bhí ionadh agus alltacht orthu: “Féach,” ar siad, “nach Gailíligh iad seo go léir atá ag caint? Conas a tharlaíonn go gcloiseann gach duine againne iad ag labhairt inár dteanga dhúchais féin? Táimid Pairtigh ann agus Méidigh agus Eilimítigh, áitritheoirí na Measpatáime agus Iúdáia agus Chapadóise, agus Phontais agus na hÁise, Frigia agus Paimfíle, áitritheoirí na hÉigipte agus chríocha na Libia thart faoi Chuiréiné, cuairteoirí ón Róimh idir Ghiúdaigh agus iompaithigh, Créitigh agus Arabaigh, agus cloisimid iad seo ag cur síos in ár dteangacha féin ar éachtaí Dé.”

Briathar Dé.

Salm le Freagra        Sm 103:1, 24, 29-31, 34
Freagra                       Cuir amach uait do Spiorad, a Thiarna,
agus dean agaidh na talún a athnuachan.
Malairt Freagra       Alleluia!
1. Tabhair moladh don Tiarna, a anam liom!
A Thiarna Dia, is rómhor thú go dearfa.
tá t'u éadaithe i maorgacht agus maise,
tá tú gléasta le solas mar le fallaing                Freagra

2. Nach lionmhar iad d'oibreacha, a Thiarna!
Rinne tú gach aon ní le heagna
Tá an chruinne lán da bhfuil déanta agat.
Tabhair moladh don Tiarna, a anam liom!    Freagra

3. Bíonn siad siúd go léir ag brath ort
chun iad a bheathú in am is a dtráth.
Cruinníon siad le chéile a dtugann tú dóibh:
leathann tú do lámh agus liontar iad.             Freagra

4. Má bhaineann tú an anáil díobh, éagann siad
agus casann siad ar an luaithreach arís.
Nuair a chuireann tú do spiorad uait, cruthaítear iad,
agus athnuann tú aghaidh na talún.             Freagra

Sliocht as céad Litir Naomh Pól chuig na Rómhánaigh         8:8-17
Mar an mhuintir a mbíonn Spiorad Dé á dtreorú is clann ag Dia iad.

Na daoine, atá faoi réir na colainne ní féidir dóibh Dia a shásamh.  Ní faoi réir na colainne atá sibhse, áfach, ach faoi réir an Spioraid más rud é go bhfuil Spiorad Dé lonnaithe ionaibh. Má tá duine gan Spiorad Chríost aige ní le Críost é.  Ach má tá Críost ionaibh, más marbh féin bhur gcorp de bharr an pheaca, is beo bhur spiorad de bharr na fíréantachta.  Go deimhin má bhíonn Spiorad an té a thóg Críost ó mhairbh lonnaithe ionaibh, déanfaidh an té sin a thóg Críost ó mhairbh bhur gcorp básmhar a bheoú trína Spiorad atá lonnaithe ionaibh.

Ar an ábhar sin, a bhráithre, níl aon cheangal ag an gcolainn orainn go mairfimis dá réir.  Más faoi réir na colainne a mhaireann sibh tá an bás i ndán daoibh; ach má bhásaíonn sibh gníomhartha na colainne le cúnamh an Spioraid, mairfidh sibh beo.

Mar an mhuintir a mbíonn Spiorad Dé á dtreorú is clann ag Dia iad.  Óir, an spiorad a fuair sibh ní spiorad na daoirse é chun eagla a chur oraibh athuair ach spiorad na clainne trína nglaoimid “Abba! Athair.”  Dearbhaíonn an Spiorad féin dár spioradna gur clann Dé sinn;  agus, más clann sinn, is oidhrí sinn chomh maith, oidhrí Dé agus comhoidhrí le Críost, ós rud é go bhfuilimid páirteach leis ina pháis, le hionchas a bheith páirteach leis ina ghlóir chomh maith.

Briathar Dé.


Tar-sa chugainn, a Naomh Spioraid,
fear anuas ó na flaitheasa
léas do sholais mharthanaigh.

Tar, a Dhíon na n-easpaitheach,
tar, a Bhronntóir tabhartas,
tar, a Sholais croítheacha.

Só1ásai ró-charthanach,
aoi sámh cneasta an anama,
fionnuaire ‘alainn thaitneamhach.

Sos i measc ár ndeacrachtaí,
fuarthán sóúil i ngreadaithe,
só1ás i ngol is i gcathuithe.

A lasair aoibhinn bheannaithe,
líon is soillsigh croítheacha
na bhfírean mbocht n-anbhann.

Gan do ehumhaeht is d'fhearta-sa
níl ní ar bith in ár bpearsana,
ní ar bith níl gan pheaea ionainn.

Nigh a bhfuil salach ionainn,
an méid is tur dínn, cneasaighse,
tabhair leigheas dúinn in ár geeasnaitheacht

Cuir i mboige ár gerapaitheacht,
a bhfuil fuar dínn, cneasaighse,
a bhfuil earn dínn, ceartaighse.

Do d'fhíréana tabhairsé,
is go bhfuil a seasamh ort,
seoid do sheaeht naomhthabhartas.

Tabhair luach saothair maitheasa,
tabhair bás faoi mhaise dóibh,
tabhai r aoibh neas parthais.
Amen. Alleluia!

Alleluia Vearsa
Alleluia, alleluia!
Tar chugainn, a Naomh Spioraid, lion croíthe na gCríostaithe,
agus adhain iontu lasair do ghrá.


Sliocht as Soiscéal naofa de réir Naomh Eoin      14:15-16, 23-26
Cuirfidh an Spiorad Naomh i gcuimhne daoibh, ar inis mise daoibh.

San am sin dúirt Íosa lena dheisceabail

Má tá grá agaibh dom, coinneoidh sibh m’aitheanta.
Agus iarrfaidh mé ar m’Athair é,
agus tabharfaidh sé Abhcóide eile daoibh
chun fanacht faraibh go deo

“Má bhíonn grá ag duine dom,” ar sé leis, “coinneoidh sé mo bhriathar,
agus beidh grá ag m’Athair dó,
agus tiocfaimid chuige, agus déanfaimid cónaí mar aon leis.
An té nach mbíonn grá aige dom, ní choinníonn sé mo bhriathra.
Ach an briathar a chluineann sibh, ní liom féin é,
ach leis an Athair a chuir uaidh mé.
Tá an méid sin inste agam daoibh, fad a bhí mé ag fanacht agaibh,
ach an tAbhcóide, an Spiorad Naomh, a chuirfidh an tAthair uaidh i m’ainmse,
múinfidh seisean an uile ní daoibh,
agus cuirfidh sé i gcuimhne daoibh, ar inis mise daoibh.

Soiscéal Dé

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