HOLY WEEK CEREMONIES LIVE STREAM 2020:
Holy Week Ceremonies available on live stream @ www.thurlesparish.ie:
PALM SUNDAY: MASS: 11.00 a.m.
LENTEN EVENING PRAYER: 7.00 p.m.
We invite you to cut a piece of palm and if you are joining us on either live stream or on the radio we will offer a blessing of Palm as an alternative to what we normally do. ‘The Blessed Palms: As we place this palm in a special place in our home, may it be a reminder, Jesus, of your great unconditional love for each of us. May it be a source of protection for us all the year through
HOLY THURSDAY: MASS OF THE LORD’S SUPPER – 7.00 p.m.
PRAYER IN THE GARDEN OF GETHSEMANE – 9.00 p.m.
GOOD FRIDAY: THE LORD’S PASSION – 3.00 p.m.
STATIONS OF THE CROSS – 7.00 p.m.
HOLY SATURDAY: EASTER VIGIL – 7.00 p.m.
EASTER SUNDAY: 11.00 a.m.
R.T.E. will be broadcasting Holy Week Ceremonies.
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“This is the time to be slow,
Lie low against the wall
Until the bitter weather passes.
Try, as best you can, not to let
The wire brush of doubt
Scrape from your heart
All sense of yourself
And your hesitant light
If you remain generous,
Time will come good;
And you will find your feet
Again on fresh pastures of promise,
Where the air will be kind
And blushed with beginning.
A Tribute to All Mothers
This is for all mothers everywhere who try their best and only want to care.
This is for Mothers who read the Three Little Pigs, The Billy Goats Gruff and Little Red Riding Hood every night to get the children to sleep and then a little eye would open and say “Please Mom, will you read it again.”
This is for Mothers who take their children to football matches and basketball games, who sit in the car and watch and wait or stand on the sidelines and when your child asked “Did you see my goal, Mom?” and proud as punch you would say, “Of course, I wouldn’t have missed it for the world.”
This is for Mothers who run car pools and bake birthday cakes and sew Halloween costumes and for Mothers who don’t.
This is for Mothers whose patience runs out when their two year old wants ice cream before dinner and whose four year old says “I’m bored, I want to go home.”
This is for Mothers who taught their children to tie their shoelaces before they went to school and for Mothers who opted for Velcro instead. And for Mothers who bite their lip until it bleeds when their fourteen year old dyes their hair green and puts seven ear-rings in each ear.
This is for Mothers who don’t sleep a wink … wondering and waiting. Hoping all will come in. Now all safely home and the lock on the door, She turns over gently and says ‘Thank you God’ for the end of another weekend.
This is for all Mothers whose children have gone astray and can’t find words to reach them and all they can do is pray.
This is for Mothers who cook and launder and clean … wash up dishes and never complain
This is for Mothers who turn automatically when they hear a little voice say “Mom” even though they know their own are safe at home.
This is for all broken-hearted Mothers who put candles and teddy bears on graves of their children and hold precious and fond memories of happier times past and wonder, today what they would look like or tall they would stand.
This is for Mothers who have gone home to heaven themselves. If we had them today wouldn’t we treat them and spoil them but instead we pray for them and look forward to meeting them in heaven again.
This is for young Mothers who are learning and mature Mothers who are trying to let go, for working Mothers and stay at home Mothers, for young Mothers and old
Can I say, “hang in there, we need you, you are rarer than gold.
God bless all Mothers, may they never grow old.
Prayer of Consecration
Most Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God and Health of the Sick,
at this time of great challenge to our country from the coronavirus,
we consecrate to Jesus through your Immaculate Heart:
ourselves, our family, the members of our parish and Diocese, and the people of Ireland.
O Mary, Queen of Ireland, when you appeared at Knock,
you gave hope to your people in a time of distress,
and brought them comfort in a time of sorrow.
Be with us now as a sign of salvation and hope,
as we entrust ourselves to your loving care.
We renew the promises of our Baptism and Confirmation
and ask your intercession that we may be always faithful to Christ and to His Church.
Bring under your mantle of protection all those who are suffering because of the coronavirus, and those who care for the sick and minister to their needs,
as your Son implores us to do for one another.
O Loving Mother,
at the foot of the Cross, with steadfast faith,
your Immaculate Heart was pierced by grief at the suffering of your Son.
You know what we need during these difficult days.
Help us, O Mother of Divine Love,
to conform ourselves to the Father’s will
and to do what Jesus tells us –
He who took our sufferings upon Himself, and bore our sorrows to bring us,
through the Cross, to the joy of the Resurrection.
O Blessed Mother, Our Life, our Sweetness and Our Hope,
we wish that this Consecration be for the glory of God and that it lead us safely to Jesus your Son.
A Naomh-Mhuire, a Mháthair Dé, guigh orainn na peacaigh, anois agus ar uair ár mbáis.
O St. Joseph, you are a man greatly favoured by the most high.
The angel of the Lord appeared to you in dreams, while you slept,
to warn you and guide you as you cared for the Holy Family.
You were both silent and strong, a loyal and courageous protector.
Dear St. Joseph. as you rest in the Lord,
Confident of his absolute power and goodness,
look upon me.
Please take my need to your heart …
dream of it and present it to your Son
(mention here your request)
Help me then, good St. Joseph, to hear the voice of God,
To arise and act in with love.
I praise and thank you with joy.
St. Joseph I love you, Amen.
(Prayed by Fr. Jim at Mass on the feast of St. Joseph 19/3/20)