You can listen to the full programme on our podcast HERE.
Book Launch: The history of Limerick and its parishes
You can listen to David Bracken's interview excerpted from the programme HERE.
Copies of the book are available in Limerick Parishes and from the Diocesan Office, Cost: €20.
Gospel - (Gaudate Sunday) - Matthew 11:2-11
As they went away, Jesus began to speak to the crowds concerning John: "What did you go out into the wilderness to behold? A reed shaken by the wind? Why then did you go out? To see a man clothed in soft raiment? Behold, those who wear soft raiment are in kings' houses. Why then did you go out? To see a prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. This is he of whom it is written, `Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, who shall prepare thy way before thee.' Truly, I say to you, among those born of women there has risen no one greater than John the Baptist; yet he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he."
God is present and actively working in our lives at all times, even when we are too busy to notice. But deep within our hope is like flowers blooming in the desert, small sweet and true. Gaudete Sunday, (gaudete means rejoice), is a reminder that our preparation is leading us near to Christmas.
"As not, doubt not. You have, my heart, already chosen the joy of Advent. As a force against your own uncertainty, bravely tell yourself, 'It is the Advent of the great God.' Say this with faith and love, and then both the past of your life, which has become holy, and your life's eternal, boundless future will draw together in the now of this world. For then into the heart comes the one who is Advent, the boundless future who is already in the process of coming, the Lord, who has already come into the time of the flesh to redeem it." ~ Karl RahnerGaudete Sunday is a reminder to keep preparing, to keep connected, to keep believing that God is doing great things in this Advent season. The day takes its common name from the Latin word Gaudete ("Rejoice"), the first word of the introit of this day's Mass:
Gaudete in Domino semper: iterum dico, gaudete. Modestia vestra nota sit omnibus hominibus: Dominus enim prope est. Nihil solliciti sitis: sed in omni oratione petitiones vestræ innotescant apud Deum. Benedixisti Domine terram tuam: avertisti captivitatem Jacob.
This may be translated as:
- Gaudete Sunday: 11 things to know and share . . .
- This Sunday, we rejoice. But why do we wear rose? Why not another color?
Word on Fire
Centre for Liturgy
Blue Eyed Ennis
Liturgical odds and ends
Liturgy of the Hours - week 3 psalter, 3rd week of Advent
Saints of the Week
December 16th - St Adelaide
December 17th - Lazarus of Bethany
December 18th - St Flannan
December 19th - St Paulillus of Nicodemia
December 20th - St Fachanan
December 21st - St Peter Canisius