Blessing of St Anthony’s Lilies

9.00 am Mass this Thursday, 13th June


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.

Parish Bereavement

Passed away last night, Wed 5th June. Loved and admired by everybody. Our condolences to her family.
In the excellent care of the Staff of St. Clare’s Ward, St. Finbarr’s Hospital, and surrounded by her loving family. Margaret (Margo) (nee Phelan) beloved wife of the late Timothy, Shanakiel Bungalow, and dear mother of Etaine and Colette, and adored nannie of Dylan and Mark. Sadly missed by her loving daughters, son-in-law Niall, grandchildren, sisters Nora, Angela and May, brother Bill, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, neighbours, relatives and many friends. Lying in repose at Gabriel and O’Donovan’s Funeral Home, Bandon on Friday evening from 6pm followed by Removal at 7.30pm to St. Patrick’s Church, Kilbrittain. Requiem Mass on Saturday at 2.30pm, funeral afterwards to the adjoining cemetery.

Parish Bereavement


On Thursday May 30th 2019, peacefully at home. Son of the late Michael & Nellie and brother of the late Michael. Dear brother of Pat Joe, Noreen McCarthy, Pauline, & Teresa Casey. Sadly missed by his brother, sisters, Pauline’s partner Bertie Hourihane, brothers in law, sister in law, cousin Eugene Sheehy, nephews, nieces, grandnephews, grandnieces, relatives, neighbours, carers and friends.

Lying in repose at Foley’s Funeral Home, Timoleague. Rosary on Friday May 31st at 9.30pm. Removal on Saturday 1st June at 6pm to St. Patrick’s Church, Kilbrittain. Funeral after 10.30am Mass on Sunday 2nd June to adjoining cemetery.

Candlemas; St Blaise

Sat 2nd Feb
Feast of the Presentation of the Lord
Forty days after his birth, Jesus was brought to the Temple to be presented to the Lord, following the law which prescribed this for all firstborn males.
While there, the old man Simeon prophesied that the child would be ‘a light to enlighten the nations’.

Candles will blessed at the 10.00 Mass in Kilbrittain on Sat morning next. Candles can be left in the church, beside the sacristy door, during the week.

Sun, 3rd Feb: St Blaise
He was a bishop who was martyred for his faith. During his life he had a reputation as a miraculous healer.
Throats will be blessed at Masses on Saturday night next (8.00 pm) and on Sunday Morning (10.30 am).

Parish Bereavement

MAY KEARNEY (nee MADDEN), Kilbrittain Village. Unexpectedly at home Mon 21st Jan.  We extend our sympathies to her husband, Brendan, her daughters, Martina (O’Mahony), Linda (Fehily), Jacqueline (McSweeney) and Sylvia (Curran), her son Adrian, her brothers and sisters, grandchildren, nephews and nieces, relatives and friends. Loving mother of the late John Raymond and Justin. Reposing at her home in Kilbrittain Village on Thursday evening, 24th January. Reception into St Patrick’s Church, Kilbrittain, on Friday 25th at 10.30 for 12.00 noon Requiem Mass. Burial in local cemetery.