The current Coronavirus pandemic has moved some researchers to delve back into the past and find prayers written is those far-off days asking God’s help in the midst of people’s suffering. The following is a prayer from the 15th Century, credited to St. Jacopo Soldi. We offer it to you for inclusion in your prayers at this troubled time. Denis Luddy CSsR
Prayer in a time of Plague (Coronavirus / Covid19)
Prayer of Saint Jacopo Soldi against the plague (1478)
To you I pray, Almighty God, who are the cure of cures and healer of healers, salvation and life to all who hope in You, from whom all things are,
and in whom all things are, whose will none can resist, who spoke and all things were made, who commanded and all things were created, who struck you people Israel with a plague on account of their sins, and who mercifully shows kindness
to those who turn back from evil ways, take this plague from your servants,
and let no living soul be lost from it. Remember, I pray, Sublime Creator,
your covenant that You promised to our Fathers and command your angel who is set to strike to now hold back his hand.
And do not abandon your flock, Eternal Shepherd,
but shelter it by your constant protection. Restrain your anger, I pray, you who said that [the person] who does penance will live and not die.
Even though we have sinned, we have still not denied you.
Therefore, we flee to Your protection, O Mighty God, do not despise our petitions, but free us instead from this deadly pestilence.
Have mercy on us, Supreme Father, and according to your great mercy
blot out the sins and offences of your children.
Hear the prayers of your servants and come to their aid, we who do not cease daily to cry out, Holy, Almighty God, have mercy on us. AMEN…
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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!
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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.
The death has occurred in Limerick, on Sunday November 29th, of Fr. Joseph (‘Joe’) McLoughlin, Redemptorist. Although he had been unwell for some time past, his death was unexpected. May his dear soul rest in peace. Fr. Joe was a much loved member of the Redemptorist community in Mount St. Alphonsus, Limerick, and a much-loved member of the Irish Redemptorist Province. He will be mourned also in our Vice-Province of Fortaleza, where he had ministered for nearly forty years, beginning 1964, until his return to Ireland c. 2001.
In Limerick, he was known for his knowledge and love of the Scriptures, and he shared that knowledge gladly with many people, in his teaching and sharing groups in the city. Always totally dedicated to his ministry as a Redemptorist, we pray that he will experience a great Céad Míle Fáilte in the halls of heaven. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis!
McLoughlin, Joseph (late of Redemptorists, Mount St Alphonsus, Limerick) unexpectedly but peacefully in the care of Thorpe’s Nursing Home on November 29th.
Mourned by his Redemptorist Community, his sister Marie, his brother-in-law Bryan Cunningham, nieces and nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews, relatives and friends in Ireland and Brazil.
Removal on Tuesday, December 1st from the Monastery to Mount St Alphonsus Church at 6.30pm.
Funeral Mass on Wednesday, December 2nd at 11.30am, followed by
Burial in Castlemungret Cemetery.
The funeral will be private with attendance restricted to close family and Redemptorists. The funeral will be streamed on www.novena.ie
Fr. Peter Flannery, Redemptorist, died in Limerick yesterday, November 13th. May he rest in peace. Fr. Peter was a local man, from KillimorDaly in this parish of Kiltullagh. We extend our deepest sympathies to his family, – to Fr. Tony of this Esker community, to his sister Geraldine in Tuam, and to his brother Frank in Dublin.
Funeral Arrangements: Remains will be moved to Mount St. Alphonsus church, Limerick, on Sunday at 6.30pm, followed by Mass at 7.15pm. Funeral Mass on Monday at 11.30am. Attendance at funeral restricted to 25 (including Redemptorists). Will be streamed on www.novena.ie
Fr. Peter was born on February 8th, 1942. He joined the Redemptorists at age 18, and took his first vows here in Esker on September 24, 1961. After his studies in Cluain Mhuire, Galway, he was ordained to the priesthood on September 17 of 1967. He has worked as a parish missioner for many years, in Ireland. He has lived in Limerick for more than a decade, and has been in poor health for much of that time. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam! May he rest in the peace of Christ.
The death has occurred of Fr. Peter Flannery C.Ss.R.
Redemptorists, Mount St. Alphonsus, Limerick City, Limerick / Athenry, Galway
|Fr. Peter Flannery C.Ss.R. (Redemptorists, Mount St. Alphonsus, Limerick) Late of Attymon, Athenry. November 13th peacefully. Mourned by his family Geraldine, Frank and Marguerite, Fr. Tony C.Ss.R.; his Redemptorist Community, friends and relatives.
Removal from the monastery to the Redemptorist Church on Sunday evening at 6.30 followed by Mass at 7.15pm. Funeral Mass on Monday at 11.30am. Funeral private for relatives and close friends. Mass will be streamed on www.novena.ie.
In line with best practice taken from government advice regarding public gatherings, please adhere to social distancing guidelines.
St. Gerard’s Feast day is October 16th. In preparation for his feast, we will have, in Esker, a celebration (on-line) in his honour at 8pm for the three days, Monday October 12th to Wednesday October 14th. St. Gerard is so much part of Esker and of the Esker story. Countless couples have come for the blessing of St. Gerard’s relic, for over one hundred years. Names of Redemptorists like Fr. Tom Creagh, Fr. Sean Foley, and others, are associated with the blessing of the saint’s relic. So many come back to give thanks for the birth of a baby, when they had practically given up hope of conceiving.
We give thanks for St. Gerard’s work, still: he is Patron of Mothers and of expectant Mothers – he is patron of families. Join us for these three evenings of reflection and prayer, in his honour.
St Gerard Majella, pray for us all, at this time.
(See Carousel for details of the St. Gerard’s Annual Novena, on-line, from St. Joseph’s Dundalk, from October 8th to 16th. )
St. Francis de Sales, bishop of Geneva in the late 1500′s, was a man of great compassion and gentleness of spirit. Amongst his writings, we find this prayer that has helped many people over the ages: it may help you in this anxious time: copy it for yourself.
“Do not look forward to what may happen tomorrow; the same everlasting Father who cares for you today will take care of you tomorrow and every day. Either He will shield you from suffering, or He will give you unfailing strength to bear it. Be at peace, then. Put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginings.”
St. Francis de Sales
(Copy for yourself or others)
Pope Leo XIII composed this prayer in the 1890′s, as he foresaw great attacks upon the Church and the Christian faith. Pope Francis, in September of 2018, invited Catholics to pray this prayer during the month of October of that year, along with the Rosary: he rightly sensed a great attack upon the Church, both from within with the scandals and sins of Church members, and from without from foes opposed to Christ and Christianity, across the world. Christ and his message are being hounded today, like never before, worldwide. St. Michael (Micha-El) is a messenger of God (‘El’): Michael’s name means ‘Who like God?’, ‘Quis ut Deus?’. God is in charge. God conquers the Evil One. We pray for courage and bravery, today.
PRAYER TO ST. MICHAEL:
St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the Devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly hosts, by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan, and all the evil spirits, who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen. .
On Friday, September 25th, three members of our Esker Redemptorist Community celebrated sixty years of their Ordination to the Priesthood, on Sept. 25, 1960. They are Fr. John Corbett C.Ss.R., a native of Athenry: Fr. Phil Hearty C.Ss.R., a native of Dundalk, and Fr. Richard Tobin C.Ss.R., a native of Dublin.
Fr. John spent all of his priestly life in Ireland. Fr. Phil spent many years in Brazil, and has served in the parish of Lusmagh in the Clonfert diocese for the past fourteen years, until recently. Fr. Richard spent some early years in the Philippines, and has worked as a parish missioner in most parts of Ireland.
We wish them every blessing on this great milestone in their service of the people of God, and wish them every blessing and health in the years ahead. Rath Dé oath!
Known also as ‘Lectio Divina’, this reflection together on the Word of God for the following Sunday, helps us to go deeper into the Word, and to hear how it speaks to any one of us. Tell your friends.