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The Epiphany, 3rd January 2021
Mass: Saturday Vigil at 6.00 p.m. Sunday Morning at 10.30 and 11.30 while we are restricted to 20 people attending.
Weekdays Mass at 10.00 and it is normally streamed on st leo the great facebook. Confessions 5.30 or on request.
Mass of the Epiphany
‘We saw his star as it rose and have come to do him homage, we saw his star as it rose.
Glory to the Father, glory to the Son, glory to the Holy Spirit now and for ever. Amen
‘We saw his star as it rose and have come to do him homage, we saw his star as it rose.
Brothers and sisters on this feast of the Epiphany, we acknowledge God’s love for the whole human family, and while we acknowledge our sinfulness and inadequacies, we are encouraged to listen to the Word of God, to give thanks and to renew our communion with God and each other.
|First reading||Isaiah 60:1-6|
Arise, shine out, Jerusalem, for your light has come, the glory of the Lord is rising on you,
though night still covers the earth and darkness the peoples.
Above you the Lord now rises and above you his glory appears.
The nations come to your light and kings to your dawning brightness.
Lift up your eyes and look round: all are assembling and coming towards you,
your sons from far away and your daughters being tenderly carried.
At this sight you will grow radiant, your heart throbbing and full;
since the riches of the sea will flow to you, the wealth of the nations come to you;
camels in throngs will cover you, and dromedaries of Midian and Ephah;
everyone in Sheba will come, bringing gold and incense and singing the praise of the Lord.
You have probably heard how I have been entrusted by God with the grace he meant for you, and that it was by a revelation that I was given the knowledge of the mystery. This mystery that has now been revealed through the Spirit to his holy apostles and prophets was unknown to any men in past generations; it means that pagans now share the same inheritance, that they are parts of the same body, and that the same promise has been made to them, in Jesus Christ, through the gospel.
After Jesus had been born at Bethlehem in Judaea during the reign of King Herod, some wise men came to Jerusalem from the east. ‘Where is the infant king of the Jews?’ they asked. ‘We saw his star as it rose and have come to do him homage.’ When King Herod heard this he was perturbed, and so was the whole of Jerusalem. He called together all the chief priests and the scribes of the people, and enquired of them where the Christ was to be born. ‘At Bethlehem in Judaea,’ they told him ‘for this is what the prophet wrote:
And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, you are by no means least among the leaders of Judah,
for out of you will come a leader who will shepherd my people Israel.’
Then Herod summoned the wise men to see him privately. He asked them the exact date on which the star had appeared, and sent them on to Bethlehem. ‘Go and find out all about the child,’ he said ‘and when you have found him, let me know, so that I too may go and do him homage.’ Having listened to what the king had to say, they set out. And there in front of them was the star they had seen rising; it went forward, and halted over the place where the child was. The sight of the star filled them with delight, and going into the house they saw the child with his mother Mary, and falling to their knees they did him homage. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts of gold and frankincense and myrrh. But they were warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, and returned to their own country by a different way.
Letter for the Feast of the Epiphany and the World Day of Prayer for Justice and Peace 2021
My Dear Brothers and Sisters,
If slogans could change the world then the world would indeed be a better place.
In the midst of the covid pandemic we heard the slogan: Build Back Better. Expressing the desire that, when we come out of this, we don’t want to go back to the way things used to be, but we want to make the world a better place. Many charitable organisations prefer the slogan: a Just and Green Recovery. A reminder that, for a better world to be achieved, all people need to be treated justly and fairly. “Green”, of course, reminds us that the environmental crisis we faced before covid still remains to be dealt with.
In order to overcome the coronavirus we have had to make changes to our lifestyle which a year ago we would not have thought possible. Now, as we work for a better future, we have to recognise that the way we have lived our life in the past has to change, if we are to see that people are treated with justice and that the world we live in is treated with care.
As we begin a new year and as we celebrate the day of prayer for justice and peace, we need to ask ourselves: how prepared are we to make the changes necessary to our own lifestyle? Otherwise our desire for a better world remains but a wish. Society cannot live the way it lived before and expect that the hungry will be fed, that the homeless will be housed, that refugees will be welcomed, that weapons of war will be put aside, that grievances will be settled by discussion, and that peoples and nations will live in peace. And, of course, the world, our common home, cannot continue to be exploited and polluted without a care for tomorrow.
Today is a day of prayer, for we need to pray. For the better world begins in each of our hearts. May God touch our hearts and deepen our love for the brother and sister we do not know and have not met, yet who needs our help. May God help us appreciate the gift of creation that he has given us. A gift to be shared by all God’s children, whether in this generation or in generations to come.
Many people in Scotland are engaged in the work of justice and peace because they recognise that to change the world for the better is not a solo effort – we need to work together. We need to encourage others, including those who govern our country, to be concerned for the welfare of all our brothers and sisters and to be committed to look after our common home. We need to encourage by our word, but above all by our example, so that together we do build that better, just and green world.
With my prayers and best wishes for peace and justice in the coming year,
+William Nolan Bishop of Galloway President of the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland Justice and Peace Commission
Justice and Peace Scotland is a Commission of the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland;
Its remit is to have a concern for social justice, human rights, peace, development and the integrity of creation. Catholic National Endowment Trust (also know as The Bishops’ Conference of Scotland) Charity No. SCO 16650
For the Church; may we be more credible signs of hope in the power of God’s infinite love and goodness
to overcome the destruction of life and social harmony through oppression, terrorism, and the economic turmoil. ………Lord hear us.
• For political leaders: we pray that those in authority work for the betterment of all God’s people, irrespective of race, colour or creed, and that they may support the millions of displaced migrants throughout the world. Lord hear us.
• For the homeless, the terminally unemployed, and those living in poverty.
May we be generous in our support for them, helping to restore dignity and self-esteem. ………Lord hear us.
• We pray for peace in the world, recognising that peace is not merely the absence of war but is built on respect for all persons and peoples.
Lord hear us.
• We pray for all who are ill in mind or body, and for those who care for them: Sr Bridie Dowd, Sr Anne, Ellen Hamilton, Molly McGavigan, Teresa Kidd, Margaret McLean, Andrine Mansi, Mary Clunie, Sean Fitzgerald, Ishbel MacMillan, Bill Harrison, Jack Rae, Anne Judge, Thomas Boyle, Catherine Mulrine, Yvonne Watt, Rae McVey, John Gibson, Eleanor Reid, Heather Francke, for all being treated in the local Hospice, and all who serve the country in the emergency services. Lord hear us.
For those who died or were bereaved in the Ibrox Disaster which we remember this weekend, and for all have died recently including Margaret Gara, John Steele, Bessie Malaney, and Michael O’Neill: and those whose anniversaries fall at this time: Mel Francke, May Scott, Jack McNicholl, Ellen Cairns, Norah Ritchie, Gerald Barrie, James McGarry, Margaret McCulloch, Isabella Green, Nancy Barrett, Joe McAuley and Margaret Lanigan.
schedule for week beginning 3rd January 2021
Radio Alba majors on Morning, School, Evening and Night Prayer, and now has recorded Masses on Sunday, and Prayer from Glasgow Churches Together during the week.
It introduces the Sunday and daily readings and, through our half-hour Magazine, draws attention to the good works that the Church and the churches are doing.
|Daily Times||Tune in to||Duration (minutes)|
week: Morning Prayers for the week of the Epiphany
Morning Prayer for school: Our Lady of the Rosary Primary with some music for St Michael’s Parkhead.
Canon Bob Hill looks ahead to the Gospel for the Baptism of the Lord
Introductions to the daily readings at Mass by Margaret Chapman from the Liturgical Calendar
A blessing of the sick in this time of Pandemic led by Frs Gerry Fitzpatrick and Brendan Murtagh
Magazine: Fr Tom Magill; Donald MacInnes; and Catherine Walker.
|12:00 18:00||Lunchtime / Teatime slot – 2 hours
Sunday: 12.00 / 18.00 The radioalba Mass for the Epiphany and for Justice and Peace Sunday is led by Fr Gerry Fitzpatrick with readers Jean Swinbank and John Murphy, cantor Grace Buckley, and with music by the St Mungo Singers
Monday-Saturday 12.00 / 18.00 Glasgow Churches Together and the start of a new year with Chris Foxon
12.15 / 18.15: Jean Swinbank and praying for families.
1.00 / 19.00: Music
1.30 /19.30 Music
This week’s Specials will include:
|Times||Tune in to||Duration (minutes)|
|The radioalba Mass for the Epiphany and for Justice and Peace Sunday is led by Fr Gerry Fitzpatrick with readers Jean Swinbank and John Murphy, cantor Grace Buckley, and with music by the St Mungo Singers.||30|
|Monday to Saturday
|23rd November: 12.00: 18.00: Rev Chris Foxon, chair of Glasgow Churches Together, leads us in prayer at the start of the New Year
12.15: 18.15: Praying for families led by Jean Swinbank
12/30: 18.30: In Chatterbox Liz Adam provides half an hour of news and views from around the churches.
1.00: 19.00: music
1.30: 19.30: music
|Sunday to Saturday
|Fr Tom Magill reflects on this year’s ‘different Christmas;” Donald MacInnes reads the Pope’s Christmas Message; Catherine Walker passes on to us the Pope’s message to the Maronite Patriarch of Antioch; John Murphy reads the letter from Bishop Nolan on the day of prayer for Justice and Peace, and Sara Tannouri reports for Doctors without Borders in Beirut, Lebanon.||30|