7th Sunday of Easter – online service

7th Sunday of Easter – online service

Sometimes in the Gospel of John, the beauty of the language, and the soaring philosophical discourses, can obscure the Jesus who was a child, grew among a family, had friends and knowingly risked and ultimately sacrificed his life, despite the real terror that he felt, the pain he endured, and the human uncertainties he must have known; all so that his life would remain faithful to the God he believed in and the principles that he espoused. Jesus did not stand apart from the world at a lordly distance or with stoical objectivity and abstraction – he knew all that we know and feel and fear – that is why he can draw close to us, and us to him.

6th Sunday of Easter – Belief

6th Sunday of Easter – Belief

The sermon examines what the word belief might truly mean; how the meaning of the word has changed across Christian history and how theologians of the past, such as Anselm, would have viewed faith differently – not as a set of ‘facts’ to either ‘believe’ in or to dispute. Their sense of ‘belief’ or ‘credo’ would have referred more to commitment, engagement. Belief for them was less of an assertion of the mind, and more a movement of the heart. Seen in this light, we might be better equipped to understand how the Holy Spirit might be active in and through us.

5th Sunday of Easter –  love God and one another

5th Sunday of Easter – love God and one another

Jesus wants us to love God and one another, without rationing or holding back or any of the barriers, and walls and obstacles that we put up between ourselves and others in our defensiveness and mistrust and fear of one another. He didn’t say love one kind of Christian more than any other, he most certainly did not say love Jews a little less, that would truly be a bizarre sentiment for a Jewish rabbi to advance. He didn’t say hate Muslims or Buddhists or atheists, or people who love in different ways to us, or live in different ways, or hold different opinions, or come from different lands and speak with foreign accents. He said love them, love them all, abundantly, wastefully, unreservedly.

Second Sunday of Easter 2020

Second Sunday of Easter 2020

Easter Sunday online service from St Columba’s Church, Ennis, County Clare. A very Happy Easter to you all as we greet the risen Christ. May God bless you and all those whom you love.

Easter Sunday 2020 Sunday Service

Easter Sunday 2020 Sunday Service

Easter Sunday online service from St Columba’s Church, Ennis, County Clare. A very Happy Easter to you all as we greet the risen Christ. May God bless you and all those whom you love.

Holy Saturday online service

Holy Saturday online service

Humility – the third virtue that Micah proposed. ‘Do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with your God’ also concludes tonight.
Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it is thinking of yourself less.

Good Friday

Good Friday

Mercy – the second virtue. This Good Friday service of the Cross is the second of our 2020 online Triduum services. Tomorrow we shall hold the Service of Light for Holy Saturday with the Paschal candle.

Tenebrae – Maundy Thursday

Tenebrae – Maundy Thursday

Justice – the first virtue. This Holy Week we are holding these online services for the Triduum. This service of Tenebrae will be followed tomorrow by a Service of the Cross for Good Friday, and a celebration of light with the Paschal candle on Holy Saturday. We shall also hold an online service on Easter Sunday.

Fifth Sunday of Lent – Sunday Service

Fifth Sunday of Lent – Sunday Service

Fifth Sunday of Lent – Rev. Kevin O’Brien. The holy gospel according to John in which Jesus restores Lazarus of Bethany to life four days after his death.
“Love is immortal, eternal, unquenchable, indestructible, unstoppable, inexhaustible.”

The Magi

The Magi

The Magi Illumined by the brightest star The Magi followed from afar, Into the lowly stable shed The glowing star three nobles led. They stood and stared in awe of Him Who came to rid the world of sin, In humble homage to the child They bowed before the baby mild....

Virgin Mary’s Lullaby

Virgin Mary’s Lullaby Sleep quietly now my little child, And I will rock you meek and mild, Cling tightly, then I’ll gently lay Your Holy head on manger hay. See the oxen stand and stare From gaping door of stable bare, In awe and wonder of the sight, My Jesus born,...

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