The garden is looking well, blue bells, forget-me-nots, tulips and the hardier daffodils
the church looks lovely with the old Cross restored to above the Easter Garden, and the new Paschal Candle in its place.
At daily Mass, I look down at the empty seats and think of the people who would be there if they could – I know where people usually sit so its nice to think of you all especially during the Intercessions.
I notice people sometimes come and stand outside the church, bless themselves and spend a few moments in prayer. Others too call in to the house porch to leave me some food and some even hand in their weekly offerings. And one family left in two bags of food for the Foodbank.
radioalba.org: Mass for the 26th April, 3rd Sunday of Easter is led by Canon Michael Hutson of St Andrew’s Church, Rothesay, Isle of Bute, with music from the files of the St Mungo Singers, with readings by Jean Swinbank, harpist Noel Donnelly, and organists Jane McKenna and Jacqueline Barrett. The Mass will be broadcast on radioalba.org at 12.00 and 6.00p.m. on Sunday 26th April.
During the rest of the week the Mass broadcast at 12.00 and 6.00 p.m. on radioalba.org will be ‘The Mass in Time of Pandemic’ led by Fr Gerry Fitzpatrick, with readings by Jean Swinbank and with music from the files of the St Mungo Singers, with harpist Noel Donnelly, and organists Jane McKenna and Jacqueline Barrett.
The Readings and Intercessions for Sunday 26th April
From the Acts of the Apostles
On the day of Pentecost Peter stood up with the Eleven and addressed the crowd in a loud voice: ‘Men of Israel, listen to what I am going to say: Jesus the Nazarene was a man commended to you by God by the miracles and portents and signs that God worked through him when he was among you, as you all know. This man, who was put into your power by the deliberate intention and foreknowledge of God, you took and had crucified by men outside the Law. You killed him, but God raised him to life, freeing him from the pangs of Hades; for it was impossible for him to be held in its power since, as David says of him:
I saw the Lord before me always, for with him at my right hand nothing can shake me.
So my heart was glad and my tongue cried out with joy; my body, too, will rest in the hope that you will not abandon my soul to Hades nor allow your holy one to experience corruption. You have made known the way of life to me, you will fill me with gladness through your presence.
‘Brothers, no one can deny that the patriarch David himself is dead and buried: his tomb is still with us. But since he was a prophet, and knew that God had sworn him an oath to make one of his descendants succeed him on the throne, what he foresaw and spoke about was the resurrection of the Christ: he is the one who was not abandoned to Hades, and whose body did not experience corruption. God raised this man Jesus to life, and all of us are witnesses to that. Now raised to the heights by God’s right hand, he has received from the Father the Holy Spirit, who was promised, and what you see and hear is the outpouring of that Spirit.’
1 Peter 1: 17-21
If you are acknowledging as your Father one who has no favourites and judges everyone according to what he has done, you must be scrupulously careful as long as you are living away from your home. Remember, the ransom that was paid to free you from the useless way of life your ancestors handed down was not paid in anything corruptible, neither in silver nor gold, but in the precious blood of a lamb without spot or stain, namely Christ; who, though known since before the world was made, has been revealed only in our time, the end of the ages, for your sake. Through him you now have faith in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory for that very reason – so that you would have faith and hope in God.
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke: 24: 13-35
Intercessions for April 26th
That even as we struggle to deal with the pandemic, we may find ways to support each other.
Lord Hear us
For Pope Francis, our bishops, the leaders of the churches and of all faith communities:
that they may be sources of encouragement to the world. Lord Hear us
We pray for our government and for all governments that they may care wisely and generously for the needs of all people. We pray also that the nations will seek ways to work together rather than to rival. Lord Hear us
We pray for all affected by the corona virus, for our healers, those who work at are seeking cures, and all who work in the health service. Lord Hear us
We pray for the sick and for the housebound, including Margaret Paton, Anne Fisher, Fred Newman, Peter McBride, Sean Fitzgerald, Catherine Mulrine, Yvonne Watt, John Gibson, for those being treated in the local Hospice, and for who support them. We pray for those who serve the country in the armed forces. Lord, Hear us
We pray for those who have died recently including Gordon Herkes, Bernard Rorke, Donald Gallagher, Ellen Bradley and Mary Bradley. We pray for those who mourn.
For those whose anniversary falls about now including David Harris, Angela Arnold, James McKenna, Dominic McCafferty and John Broe. Lord, hear us