Greetings to you all! This is now the image we want you to have of Esker. Even though the grounds and Monastery and Church are all closed until further notice, just remember that the Master himself always has a welcome, for everyone, young and old. Keep that image before you, when you’re down.
And if the following image sometimes is more how you feel, still see the welcome, even in dark times, even when the Lord seems to be but in silhouette. ‘I am with you all days…’
Yes, we all have to ‘STAY AT HOME’. It’s the way we ALL can play a part in stopping the spread. Here in Esker, we are ‘cocooning’ ourselves, and keeping our physical distances. May the Lord protect you and all your loved ones, and protect all of us here in Esker.
We pray for you all here, daily, when we gather (with plenty of spaces between us) for prayer.
A few other images that may lift your hearts:
We do not have Mass on-line from Esker. However, the community here gathers in prayer each day – keeping a safe distance from one another! – at 10am and at 5.45pm. You can join us ‘from a distance’, in your own home, and pray along with us to One who is Father of all.
Many people are following Mass on-line, from different places. You can follow Mass from the Redemptorist Church, Mount St. Alphonsus, in Limerick: www.redemptoristslimerick.ie/web-cam/ Daily 8am, 10am, and 7.15pm Monday to Friday: and 10am and 7.15pm Saturdays. SUNDAYS 12 noon and 7.15pm.
Clonard Monastery: www.clonard.com/web-cam/ Monday, Tues, Wednesday, Friday 7am, 9.30am, and 6.15pm. THURSDAY is Novena Day at Clonard (Novena to the Mother of Perpetual Help): 7am, 9.30am, 4pm, 6.15pm, 9pm. SATURDAY 7am, 9.30pm, 12 noon, and 7.309pm. Sunday 7,9.30, 11am, 12.30pm.
SPIRITUAL COMMUNION: At a time when we cannot receive the Eucharist physically, we can say a prayer of Spiritual Communion, such as this one by St. Alphonsus, founder of the Redemptorists: it’s in his ‘Visits to the Most Blessed Sacrament’: My Jesus, I believe that You art present in the Blessed Sacrament. I love You above all things and I desire You in my soul. Since I cannot now receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. As though You were already there, I embrace You and unite myself wholly to You; permit not that I should ever be separated from You. Amen.
The Holy Hour in the Community Oratory on Sunday afternoons will not be open to the public until further notice.
UNITED IN PRAYER: Meantime, through this exceptional time, the Redemptorist Community will continue to pray with and for all those who have been affected by the virus, for all medical teams who are working on their behalf and striving to prevent the spread of the virus. We hold all families in prayer also, with all the disruption involved for so many. Let us all pray daily for one another, with each other. We are all one body in Christ.
Thank you. God bless and protect us all, at this time. Go bhfóire Dia orainn ! Dia linn, ló ‘gus oiche!