For the duration of this present lockdown at Level 5, there are no public Masses in Esker Church.
Esker Church is OPEN for private prayer from the hours of 10am to 4pm, for people to come and visit the crib, or to pray privately.
And remember, at all times, 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. Be with us online for Masses, on this website www.eskerreds.ie, and Webcam.
When you pray some where, some time, then you can pray any where, any time!
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 email@example.com. 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. You can also join us on Facebook Redemptorists Esker.
Donations in support of Esker: As with everyone else, Esker is struggling financially at this time. Your support for Esker is greatly appreciated. You can make a contribution by clicking on the Donate button on the Home page, and following the steps. Míle Buíochais! Or place an offering in the Donation box at the back of the Church, when you are visiting.
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.