THE REDEMPTORIST CHURCH IN ESKER HAS RE-OPENED FOR THE CELEBRATION OF THE EUCHARIST.
APOLOGIES FOR NO LIVE-STREAMING MONDAY JULY 20th! – The Operator slipped up!
The Church is open for Mass, then closed for cleaning:
On Weekdays, (Mon-Sat.) the Church is opened from 12 to 2pm, for prayer.
The Shop is open after the 10am Mass, Monday to Saturday, from 10.30 to 12noon.
The Mass Schedule is as follows:
MASS on weekdays, 10am , Monday to Saturday. (On Saturday, Novena Prayers will be included).
MASS on Sundays, at 8am and 11am.
You are asked to arrive in good time, so that proper protocols may be observed, as required in this time of Covid 19. We appreciate your cooperation in all of this.
There are twenty three (23) spaces in the Church. This is a relatively small number, but we are conscious of the continuing importance of physical distancing , – two metres at present.
PLEASE BRING A MASK: USING A MASK IS A WAY OF PROTECTING YOURSELF AND PROTECTING OTHERS.
IF YOU ARE ILL IN ANY WAY, OR HAVE A TEMPERATURE, PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND.
Some further news:
LIVE-STREAMING OF MASS DAILY FROM ESKER – Weekdays at 10am, Sundays at 11am. WE APOLOGISE THAT WE OCCASIONALLY HAVE SOME TECHNICAL ISSUES REGARDING SOUND: WE ARE WORKING ON IT!
Click on the Web-Cam button on the right, to participate in our daily Mass, or click below on churchservices.tv/esker
Live-Streaming: One giant step for Esker! – one small step for everyone else! – but were getting there. And send us an email to let us know how you find it. Thanks.
SUPPORTING ESKER: You can now donate securely to the upkeep of our Church and Monastery using a credit card. Simply click on the Donate Now button on this front page, and choose the amount you want to donate. You will be guided through the steps.
ESKER 2020 ANNUAL NOVENA DATES: September 1st to 9th, inclusive. If you can’t come to the Novena, the Novena can come to you! Join us online. We have not forgotten you, and we hope you will join in with us for this great event.
Meantime, ESKER CHURCH is open daily, Monday to Saturday, from 12noon to 2pm, for people to visit and pray. It will be Closed on Sundays, from after the 11am Mass. Social distancing – 2 metres apart – is to be observed. Please use the sanitisers that are available
The SHOP is opened now, Monday to Saturday, from 10.30 until 12noon.
The Monastery and the Walks remain closed until further notice.
The Grounds and the Pitch & Putt Course remain closed until further notice.
REDEMPTORISTINE NUNS in Drumcondra, Dublin: You can find them on www.rednuns.com, and follow Mass from there, daily, if you wish.
A few images that may lift your hearts:
When you cannot receive Holy Communion physically, you can say this prayer of St. Alphonsus Liguori, from his Visits to the Blessed Sacrament:
SPIRITUAL COMMUNION: ‘ 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.
God bless and protect us all, at this time. Go bhfóire Dia orainn ! Dia linn, ló ‘gus oiche!
When you cannot actually receive Holy Communion, you can make a prayer of Spiritual Communion: you can express the longing that is in you to be united completely with Christ. 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.
AS GAEILGE: ‘A Íosa, mo Thiarna, creidim go bhfuilir i láthair go fíor san Naomh Shacraimint. Gráim Thú os cionn chuile nidh faoin spéir, agus is mian liom go mbeifeá agam istigh i m’anam. Cé nach féidir liom Thú a ghlacadh anois go sacraimintiúil, ar a laighead tar chugam go spioradálta isteach i mo chroí. Fáiltím romhat amhail is go bhfuilir ann cheanna féin. Agus aontaím mé féin leat go h-iomlán. Ná lig dom go brách a bheith scartha Uait.
There is a beautiful song on YouTube, ‘There is a longing in my heart, O Lord…’. Listen to it here, and watch the words on screen.
A song that many young people love, ‘All of me loves all of you’ by John Legend, is his own composition to his bride for his wedding day, some few years ago. So many of the words can speak of the Eucharist, as well – words of self-giving, and of mutual love. I often use it with young people, after Holy Communion. ‘I give my all to you, you give your all to me…’ ’All of me loves all of you, all of you loves all of me.’ John Legend produced and played the lead part in ‘Jesus Christ, Superstar’, the show, about two years ago.
Wherever you are, and however you are, you can always walk in the presence of the Lord Jesus. He is the Vine, and we are the Branches… and we are all ‘one person in Christ’! He is within. At any time of day or night, you can go into the room of your heart, close the door, and be with your heavenly Father in that place. God is nearer to us than we are to ourselves.
Séamus Devitt C.Ss.R.