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SPRINKLING OF HOLY WATER

Sadly, our holy water fonts in the church had to be emptied at the start of the present emergency because using the font could transmit the virus from one person to the next person putting a finger in. However there is no harm in taking holy water home and we are always encouraged to sprinkle this sacramental liberally.

Today I filled the three Holy Water bins in the church and imparted the traditional blessing from the Latin Ritual which involved blessing salt first, then blessing the water before mixing both.  These are the prayers which have been in use for a thousand years and are strangely appropriate to this crisis. Here are extracts:

BLESSING OF THE SALT.
‘O salt, creature of God, I exorcise you by the living God, by the true God, by the holy God, by the God who ordered you to be poured into the water by Eliseo the Prophet so that its life-giving powers might be restored. I exorcise you so that you may become a means of salvation for believers, that you may bring health of soul and body to all who make use of you, and that you may put to flight and drive away from the places where you are sprinkled every apparition, villainy, and turn of devilish deceit, and every unclean spirit, adjured by Him Who will come to judge the living and the dead and the world by fire. Amen.’
BLESSING OF THE WATER
‘O God, Who for the salvation of mankind has built Thy greatest mysteries on this substance, water, in Thy kindness hear our prayers and pour down the power of Thy blessing + into this element, made ready for many kinds of purifications. May this, Thy creature, become an agent of divine grace in the service of Thy mysteries, to drive away evil spirits and dispel sickness, so that every-thing in the homes and other buildings of the faithful that is sprinkled with this water may be rid of all uncleanness and freed from every harm. Let no breath of infection, no disease-bearing air, remain in these places. May the wiles of the lurking Enemy prove of no avail. Let whatever might menace the safety and peace of those who live here be put to flight by the sprinkling of this water, so that the healthfulness, obtained by calling upon Thy holy name, may be made secure against all attack. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who lives and reigns with Thee in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever.’

 

PUBLIC WEEKDAY MASSES CANCELLED

From an email issued by the Bishop of Cork & Ross at 7.50 pm on Sunday 15th.

Weekday Masses as usual on Monday 16th . No public Masses on St Patrick’s Day and after that no public weekday Mass (starting Wed 18th.)

Masses will not cease being offered. We need more Masses now than ever. I will be offering at least one private Mass each day for the intentions of all in this critical situation.

Stations have also been suspended.
Our Eucharistic Adoration will continue as long as feasable, while the numbers of adorers remains at the usual two or three maximum per hour and provided physical separation is observed.  The situation will be monitored and Diocesan or HSE directives may force changes anyway.

OUR CHURCH WILL REMAIN OPEN ALL DAY, EVERY DAY
unless there is a directive to the contrary.

STATUS OF PARISH EVENTS Sat 14th March

In these difficult and uncertain times, people find strength, consolation and hope in prayer. Our church will remain open for prayer each day.

Sat 14th March: No Vigil Mass
Sun 15th March: No Public Mass. Private Mass will be offered for the intentions of the parish
Mon 16th; Morning Mass as usual 9.00 am. Eucharistic Adoration as usual. No vigil Mass for St Patrick’s Day.
Tue 17th March, Feast of St Patrick. No Public Mass. Mass of St Patrick’s Day will be offered privately for the intentions of the parish.
Wed 18th, Morning Mass 9.00 am. Eucharistic Adoration as usual
Thurs 19th, Fri 20th
. Morning Masses as usual 9.00 am.
Sat 19th, Morning Mass as usual 10.00 am.
Any or all of the above may be forced to change on Diocesan or HSE advice.

Ratharoon Station Fri 20th POSTPONED
History Talk Wed 18th POSTPONED
Lenten Talks Courceys Parish CANCELLED

Blessing of St Anthony’s Lilies

9.00 am Mass this Thursday, 13th June

ST. ANTHONY’S LILY.

A very beautiful and picturesque custom that forms parts of the ceremonies which take place on the Feast of St. Anthony is the ceremony of the blessing of St. Anthony’s lilies.

This custom was begun to commemorate a special manifestation of St. Anthony at Marcasso, in Corsica. During a revolution, the Franciscans were driven into exile. However, their chapel remained open and a public procession was made to it each year on June the 13th. For this occasion a temporary altar of St. Anthony was erected in the centre of the main aisle. Garlands of flowers were hung above the Saint’s head; at his feet were placed roses and other flowers, and lilies of spotless white stood out against a green background of laurel and myrtle.

On one occasion, the young man who had been appointed sacristan, neglected to remove the statue of St. Anthony at the end of the ceremonies. Several months later he went with a few helpers to the deserted chapel to complete his work. To their surprise they found the lilies fresh and white, whereas the other flowers were withered and dead.

A similar thing happened in Austria in 1680. On the Saint’s feast, a fresh-cut lily had been placed in one of the hands of his statue. For an entire year the flower remained as fresh and white as it was on the day it was put there. The next year the same stem bore two lilies, which filled the whole church with their fragrance. This fact was authenticated officially, and was looked upon as a heavenly testimony to the purity of the Saint.

Permission to bless lilies in honour of St. Anthony was given by Pope Leo XIII. Many miracles of healing have been obtained through St. Anthony’s intercession after applying a blessed lily.

Prayer Used in Blessing Lilies.

O God, Who art the Creator and Preserver of all mankind, the Lover of spotless purity, the Giver of all grace and everlasting life, sanctify by Thy holy benediction these lilies, which in thanksgiving, and in honour of St. Anthony, Thy Confessor, we present for Thy blessing.

Pour down upon them, by the sacred sign of the holy Cross, Thy heavenly dew, Thou Who didst so kindly create them to gladden man by their beauty and fragrance; enrich them with such power, that to whatsoever disease they may be applied, or in whatsoever home they may be kept, or on whatsoever person they may be borne with devotion, through the intercession of Thy servant, Anthony, they may cure every sickness, repel the attacks of Satan, preserve holy chastity, and bring peace and grace to all who serve Thee.