The Rector writes ‘Happy Easter to you all! We are still working out what it is to be church at the moment, amid all of the worry and pain around us. I have been emailing daily reflections and prayers during Holy Week, ringing around people who are stuck at home, sending some cards to people who aren’t on email, all the children have had Easter work sheets and colouring in sheets posted to them (which went down very well!) We have put Palm Crosses on the gates of both of our churches telling people to take them away and I have had to replenish them several times here in Carrigaline (probably because of people visiting graves). Peter Coughlan made the lovely Easter Garden in St Mary’s Churchyard. I’ve been taking loads of photos of all this activity and posting it on Facebook. Brenda Haubold had the great idea that after this is over we should put together some kind of Parish Photo Book which will tell our own Quarantine Story (and the book could be a much needed fundraiser for the parish!) so take lots of photos and send them to me. I am sending out the entire Holy Communion Service again with this week’s Pewsheet email so that you can follow the live service. If you need to speak with me, just ring me or email me and I will be happy to chat. Just pick up the phone and ring me..(and more from me on the back page!)
The Rector continues….. ‘I am still going to do a Service at 11am every Sunday which will be broadcast live. If you are on a PC , just go to the parish website www.carrigalineunion.org and under the top right hand corner of the screen you’ll see ‘’Live Streaming of Services’ If you click on that you will be able to choose to view the service. You can also google ‘Carrigaline Union of Parishes Youtube’ and click on the link to see the recorded services. A huge thank you to Simon Woodworth for all the work he is doing to keep our online presence possible. Thank you also to the bishop for the grant we received to buy some new camera equipment and also the Zoom software which allowed the Select Vestry to meet remotely last week. This pew sheet will have the readings for today and the prayers and I have sent out the HC service again this week. The Church of Ireland website has all of the Book of Common Prayer online if you’d like to look at it https://www.ireland.anglican.org/prayer-worship/book-ofcommon-prayer . And I also put up my sermon and the prayers on the Website if you want to read them later. Some of you were also asking me what to do about your giving and you can post your envelope to Helen Arnopp, our Honorary Treasurer, her address is Ballea, Carrigaline,P43 HT95. If you’d rather set up a standing order or transfer , here are the details of our deposit bank account: IBAN – IE47BOFI90297974081798 BIC – BOFIIE2D Rector & Churchwardens Savings Account Someone else told me that they had set up a jam jar at home and were putting their usual ‘Plate’ giving into the jar with the intention of passing it on to the Parish when this is all over. A great idea I think — almost the opposite of a Swear Jar! I will continue to pray for you all daily and ask that you pray for me……God bless us all.’
Hymn 288 Thine be the Glory
Thine be the glory, risen, conquering Son,
endless is the victory thou o’er death hast won;
angels in bright raiment rolled the stone away,
kept the folded grave-clothes where thy body lay:
Thine be the glory, risen, conquering Son,
endless is the victory thou o’er death hast won.
Lo, Jesus meets us, risen from the tomb;
lovingly he greets us, scatters fear and gloom;
let the Church with gladness hymns of triumph sing,
for her Lord now liveth,
death hath lost its sting:
No more we doubt thee, glorious Prince of Life;
life is nought without thee:
aid us in our strife;
make us more than conquerors
through thy deathless love;
bring us safe through Jordan
to thy home above:
Tune: Maccabeus French, Edmond Budry (1854–1932) G.F. Handel (1685–1759) trans. Richard Hoyle (1875–1939)
1 Corinthians 5.7b, 8, Romans 6.9–11, 1 Corinthians 15.20–22
Christ our passover has been sacrificed for us: therefore let us celebrate the feast, not with the old leaven of corruption and wickedness: but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. Christ once raised from the dead dies no more: death has no more dominion over him. In dying he died to sin once for all: in living he lives to God. See yourselves therefore as dead to sin: and alive to God in Jesus Christ our Lord. Christ has been raised from the dead: the first fruits of those who sleep. For as by man came death: by man has come also the resurrection of the dead; for as in Adam all die: even so in Christ shall all be made alive. Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning is now and shall be for ever. Amen. Collect for Easter Day Almighty God, through your only-begotten Son Jesus Christ you have overcome death and opened to us the gate of everlasting life: Grant that, as by your grace going before us you put into our minds good desires, so by your continual help we may bring them to good effect; through Jesus Christ our risen Lord who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen
All of the bishops have formed the view that where an individual
priest is celebrating the Eucharist alone, but on webcam with
others watching at home, that in these extraordinary times,
this satisfies the Anglican requirements concerning not
celebrating alone as set out in BCP page 77 at General Direction
14 (c )
We intend and hope that the 11am Live Feed Service will be
continue to be a Service of Holy Communion by webcam.
The term ‘Spiritual Communion’ has been used historically to
describe the means of grace by which a person, prevented for
some serious reason from sharing in a celebration of the
Eucharist, nonetheless shares in the communion of Jesus Christ.
The form of prayer below offers Christians an opportunity to
give thanks for their communion with him, particularly at times
when they would ordinarily be present at the Eucharist.
The Book of Common Prayer, on page 440 in its notes to the
‘Ministry to those who are sick’ states: “those who are incapable
of receiving the sacrament are to be assured that, although not
receiving the elements in the mouth, they are by faith partakers
of the body and blood of Christ and of the benefits he conveys
to us by them.”
Making a Spiritual Communion is particularly fitting for those
who cannot receive the sacrament at the great feasts of the
Church, and it fulfils the duty of receiving Holy Communion
‘regularly, and especially at the festivals of Christmas, Easter
and Whitsun or Pentecost’ The Church of which we are members
is not defined by the walls of a building but by the Body of
Christ of which we are members.
In making our communion spiritually, we are joining with
Christians everywhere to be nourished by the one who tells us,
‘I am the Bread of Life’.
In making a Spiritual Communion, you may wish to pray
Thanks be to you, Lord Jesus Christ,
for all the benefits you have given me,
for all the pains and insults you have borne for me.
Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally,
I ask you to come spiritually into my heart.
O most merciful redeemer, friend and brother,
may I know you more clearly,
love you more dearly,
and follow you more nearly, day by day. Amen.
after the Prayer of St Richard of Chichester