You can listen to the podcast of this weeks full programme HERE.
Limerick Diocese and Lay Led Ministry of Public Prayer
Limerick hit the headlines this weekend about the journey we are undertaking to rediscover ways of praying as church and being church for each other following on from our diocesan synod in 2016. But headlines can be misleading and sometimes the spin put on things especially by RTE may only increase confusion - generating more heat rather than light!
A few weeks ago Noirin Lynch joined us on SS102fm to speak about the Synod 2016 led request to develop the skills and confidence for lay led liturgies and public prayer in our parishes for the times when the need may arise. And she graciously rejoins us again this week to answer a few more questions.
On next Tuesday morning April 25th, in Limerick diocese, every parish will offer a lay led Liturgy of the Word. There will also be at three public evening Masses and several parishes will celebrate the Morning Prayer of the Divine Office.
All the liturgies of the Church are complimentary, nourishing and beautiful. In offering local communities the resources to explore the full breath of what is available to us as a praying community on weekdays, the diocese is not taking attention from one sacrament, but rather enriching all our prayer.
You can listen to the interview with Noirin excerpted from the main programme HERE.
You can listen to the first programme about this new journey for the diocese HERE.
Other resources and articles on this issue:
- Resource page from the website of Limerick Diocese
- Article in the Irish Catholic - Letting the laity lead - With declining numbers of priests, lay people are stepping up to lead worship.
- CatholicIreland.net - Back to the future in Limerick diocese
- Irish Examiner - Lay-led prayer trials in Limerick
- Limerick Leader - Bishop confirms no Mass for a day across Limerick Diocese; Services to be led by Lay Members with Priests attending 'in-service'.
Letter from Bishop Brendan Leahy at all Masses the diocese of Limerick this morning available HERE.
Gospel - John 20:19-31
When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.” But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.”
A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe.” Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.” Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book. But these are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name.
Reflections on this weeks gospel:
Word on Fire
Centre for Liturgy
Liturgical odds & ends
Liturgy of the Hours - Psalter week 2; 2nd week of Easter
Saints of the Week
April 24th - St Fidelis of Sigmaringen
April 25th - St Mark the Evangelist
April 26th - St Marcellinus
April 27th - Saint Asicus of Elphin
April 28th - St Louise de Montfort
April 29th - St Catherine of Siena