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"What is happening?" Ancient homily for Holy Saturday

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If you ever wondered what the big icon in our Chapel of Adoration in Dublin signifies, here's the best explanation below. It's from the 2nd reading of the Office of Readings which we read on Holy Saturday. The icon was here in the Chapel, left by the Consolata Fathers, when we moved here in 1992. Before she died in June 2014, Sr. M. Paul O' Brien had restored it a little for Holy Saturday as the colours were beginning to fade. It was her last major art work, of which she had done many. When she painted, often she would be talking to people who would call her for advice, prayers or simply to be listened to. Conor McGee (now Fr. Conor) helped her with the restoration as did Edward Kavanagh who was great in spreading catechesis about the icon. Edward, like Sr. Paul, has since gone to his eternal reward. Conor, was ordained almost 2 years ago and used the icon on his ordination prayer card. It's amazing how one icon can unite lives in different ways.

From the Office of Read…

Vigil for the Protection of the Eight Amendment

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Guided Holy for the 25th of March 2018, anniversary of religious profession

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Celebrating ‘YES’ to God’s call
25th of March 2018 Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament Opening hymn: Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna in the highest (x2)
Lord, we lift up your name, with our hearts full of praise. Be exalted O Lord, our God, Hosanna in the highest.
Glory, glory, glory in the highest (x2) Lord, we lift up your name, with our hearts full of praise. Be exalted O Lord, our God, glory in the highest
Introduction:The first word of the angel to Mary was Rejoice. And the feast of Annunciation is, first of all, a feast of quiet heavenly joy—joy over reconciliation with God, joy over the return of grace to earth. Annunciation is also a feast of triumph of humility, purity and chastity, a feast of unshakable faith in the power of God and in His unlimited love toward us his children. Pope Francis once summed up the Annunciation like this: “God surprises us, God asks us to be faithful and God is our strength.” Yes, God surprised Mary, but despite this she was able to say, “Here I am, the ser…