Friday, 6 January 2012

Greetings from Ireland on the Solemnity of the Epiphany . . .

My little break at home is coming to an end and I thought that I would drop by and let you know that I offered Mass for all in our parish today.

Here in Ireland, the Bishops have decided not to move the Solemnity of the Epiphany to the Sunday which means that the Mass I offered for your intentions was the Mass of the Solemnity.

I'm sure Fr McCarthy has been looking after you all very well in my absence and I look forward to being back with you all again very soon.

O God, who on this day
revealed your Only Begotten Son
to the nations
by the guidance of a star,
grant in your mercy
that we, who know you already
by faith,
may be brought to behold
the beauty of your sublime glory.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ,
your Son,
who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

(Collect from the Solemnity of the Epiphany)


Jane said...

Greetings Father - we have missed you. Why is it the Bishops in England decided to move the Solemnity then? And why isn't it consistent across the Catholic faith in all parts of the world? I think it is a great shame that most of the Holy Days of Obligation have been moved to the nearest Sunday. I will stop here as one of my new year's resolutions is not to moan! Look forward to having you back in-situ.

Flick Saunders said...

Thank you Fr Miceal for your Mass offering and prayers - we look forward to your safe return to the parish.

The lighting is looking good!