Esker Church will be opened, seven days a week, from 11am to 2pm, for people to come and pray or light candles.
Morning Masses continue, live-streamed on-line, each weekday at 10am (9.55am streaming), and on Sundays at 11am (10.55am streaming). Please join us as individuals or as families, to be in worship together, and to be of support to one another. Find us here or by www.eskerreds.ie , and Webcam. Invite others to be with us in prayer.
Esker Shop will shortly be available on-line: this is being set up at the moment. The shop itself will remain closed, from Thursday 22 October.
And remember, the primary ‘church’ is your own home, and also out in nature, in God’s wonderful creation, God’s ‘cathedral’, all around us. There, you can pray, alone or as family, any time, and in any place. Use this difficult but blessed time to learn again to pray together as a family, and personally, even in the littlest ways.
Let your friends know that they can easily find us now on www.eskerreds.ie, and then clicking on WEBCAM button on the right: You can also send messages or prayer-requests to firstname.lastname@example.org. For Mass at the times mentioned, click on Webcam button on the right, on the home page. When you go to webcam, it brings you to Churchservices.tv: here you can join us live, or you can scroll down and join by a recording of an earlier Mass, at any time.
Your support for Esker at this difficult time is greatly appreciated. You can make a contribution by clicking on the Donate button on the Home page, and following the steps. Míle Buíochais!
A few images that may lift your hearts:
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’:
AN ACT OF SPIRITUAL COMMUNION: From Visits to the Blessed Sacrament, by St. Alphonsus Liguori:
My Jesus, I believe that you are truly present in the Most Blessed Sacrament. I love you above all things, and I desire to possess you within my soul. Since I am unable now to receive you sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace you as being already there, and unite myself wholly to you: never permit me to be separated from you.
A Íosa, creidim go bhfuil tú I láthair go fíor san Naoimh Shacramint. Gráim thú ós cionne 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 mar go bhfuilir ann cheanna féin, agus aontaím mé féin leat go h-iomlán. Ná lig dom go brách a bheith scartha Uait. AMEN.