The Rector writes ‘We continue to try to be a church community during this time when we are physically isolated from each other. I will continue 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 ‘’Live streaming of Services’ (top right hand corner) you will be able to view the service. You can also google ‘Carrigaline Union of Parishes Youtube’ and click on the link to see the recorded services. This pew sheet will have the readings of the day and the prayers. The Church of Ireland website has all of the Book of Common Prayer online https://www.ireland.anglican.org/prayer-worship/book-of-common-prayer . I sent out the entire Holy Communion Service with last week’s email but if you’d like to borrow a prayer book , I’m in the Parish Office from 10am until 1pm each Thursday for the duration of this time. Some of you were also asking me what to do about your giving so here are the details of our deposit bank account: IBAN – IE47BOFI90297974081798 BIC – BOFIIE2D Rector & Churchwardens Savings Account Don’t forget that if you need to speak with me, just ring me or email me and I will be happy to chat. Just because we are socially isolated it doesn’t mean we have to be socially distant! Just pick up the phone and ring me. I will continue to pray for you all daily and ask that you pray for me……God bless us all.’
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 )
On page 440 of our Prayer Book we read about what is called ‘spiritual communion’ which is that ’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.’
We intend and hope that the 11am Live Feed Service will be continue to be a Service of Holy Communion by webcam.
You will have had a copy of this HC Service from the Book of Common Prayer sent out to you by email and so can hopefully join in with me in celebration.
If you need a copy of this Holy Communion Service sent out to you again, just email me – firstname.lastname@example.org
Collect for the Sixth Sunday of Lent, Palm Sunday
Almighty and everlasting God, who, in your tender love towards the human race, sent your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ to take upon him our flesh and to suffer death upon the cross: Grant that we may follow the example of his patience and humility, and also be made partakers of his resurrection; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Dear Sisters & Brothers in Christ, during Lent we have been preparing by works of love and self-sacrifice for the celebration of our Lord’s death and resurrection. Today we come together spiritually to begin this solemn celebration in union with the Church throughout the world. Christ enters his own city to complete his work as our Saviour, to suffer, to die, and to rise again. Let us go with him in faith and love, so that united with him in his sufferings, we may share his risen life. True and humble kind, hailed by the crowd as Messiah; grant us the faith to know you and love you, that we may be found beside you on the way of the cross, which is the path of glory. Amen.
This year, as we remember the events of Holy Week from our own homes rather than gathering together in the churches as we normally would, I hope to email you daily with a prayer and a reflection for the day. Although we are physically apart, we will try to remain spiritually close during this holy time. May God be with us all. Canon Elaine