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Prayer in a time of Plague (Coronavirus / Covid19)

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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Esker Church Schedule




Esker Church masses – Monday to Friday Retreat House Chapel.

Saturday in the main Church at 8am & 10am.   

Sunday in the main Church 8am & 11am.

Mass v the Webcam weekdays at 10am and the 11am on Sundays.

Retreat House Chapel is OPEN for private prayer from the hours of 10.30am to 4pm Monday to Friday and Saturday in the main Church.  Sunday the Church will be closed after the 11am Mass. 

People are invited to come and pray privately. 

Monastery Shop is now open from 10am – 1pm Monday to Saturday.   Call  091 -844007 if you need speak to reception. 

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, 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, and then clicking on WEBCAM button on the right: You can also send messages or prayer-requests to 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 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:

From the corridor in Esker Monastery



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 Madonna of Ireland' - in a church in Gyor in Hungary since 1652. Linked to the then-Bishop of Clonfert, Walter Lynch. (Photo adapted by S. Devitt C.Ss.R.)


























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Death of Fr. Joe McLoughlin, C.Ss.R.

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



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Death of Fr. Peter Flannery C.Ss.R.

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

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

In line with best practice taken from government advice regarding public gatherings, please adhere to social distancing guidelines.




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St. Gerard Majella & Esker:- Join us on-line, 8pm, Mon.12th to Wed.14th Oct.

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. )


























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Coping with Anxiety: a prayer for any time

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)





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Prayer to St. Michael, the ArchAngel

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.


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. .


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Congratulations to three Diamond Jubilarians in Esker, Sept. 25th, 2020

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!

Fr. John Corbett C.Ss.R.


Fr. Phil Hearty C.Ss.R.Fr.Richard Tobin, C.Ss.R.

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‘Gospel Reflection’ – ‘Lectio Divina’ –



'St Mary of the Mountains' - an image very sacred to St. Alphonsus, and to every Redemptorist: she holds the Child in one arm, and the Book of the Scriptures in the other, and she is 'pondering these things in her heart'.


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.

We ponder, we weigh, the Word made flesh who dwells among us to the end of time.

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Celebrating the Feast of St. Alphonsus Liguori, August 1st.

August 1st, Redemptorists worldwide celebrate the feast of St. Alphonsus Liguori, their Founder. We give thanks for him and for the group he gathered around him ono missionary men not long afterwards became officially recognised as The Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer, founded to preach the Gospel to the poor and the most abandoned. Just one year earlier, Sr. Maria Celeste Crostorosa (now Blessed) began the Redemptoristine Nuns, a contemplative Order, known now as The Order of the Most Holy Redeemer’. She and Alphonsus worked closely together in the foundation of both groups.

The Redemptorist Missionary -

Strong in faith, rejoicing in hope, burning with charity, on fire with zeal, in humility of heart and persevering in prayer, Redemptorists as apostolic me and genuine disciples of Saint Alphonsus follow Christ the Redeemer with hearts full of joy; denying themselves and always ready to undertake what is demanding, they share in the mystery of Christ and proclaim it in Gospel simplicity of life and language, that they may bring to people plentiful redemption’  (Redemptorist Constitutions, §20)


“Return Love for Love”

is what he said to do.

When all was said and done, this was his heart’s deep cry,-

‘return love, for love’.

Live in the Birth of Bethlehem,

walk in its stables,

smell its smells,

and then

be filled with speechless wonder

at the One Who Is,

and who is lying in the food-trough of

the beasts.

Live in the Call of Calvary,

Come back again to stand

upon that hill,

don’t run away from the awe-filled

horror as you stand

and gaze at our Messiah,-

Sent by the One who so greatly

loved the World.

Live in the shadow of its radiance.

Live in the ever-lasting gift of Eucharist,

Behold the Man! Behold the Lamb!

Behold your God, given in a wafer:

Drink in the meaning of the Cup.

‘Can you drink the cup that I must drink?’  (Mark 10:38-39)

‘We can…’ said those

two Thunder Brothers to their Lord.     (Mark 3:17)

And so can we,- drink of the

overflowing cup of given life.

Return love for love.

‘Live in my love’, said He.

‘As He (my Father) has loved me, (John 15:9)

that is the very how

my love is now

for you!’

Come, live in it, and drink of it,-

Come, laugh and dance in it

with Mary, -who ‘rejoices in God my Saviour’ (Luke 1),-

‘so that your joy may be full’. (John 15:11)

If he has so loved us,-

then we

might live our lives,

returning love for love.

(Séamus Devitt C.Ss.R.)


( Memories of visit to Naples-Scala, and of page 47 of Frederick Jones’ book on the writings of Alphonsus Liguori, in Classics of Western Spirituality Series..)


Blessed Maria Celeste Crostorosa, foundress of the Redemptoristines

Both the Redemptoristines and the Redemptorists are constantly praying that young women and young men, in their twenties and older, will come and share the passion in us for people. We want the work of the Most Holy Redeemer to continue into future generations. Talk to any Redemptorist, or contact us at ‘Every new generation is a continent to be won for Christ!’ (St. John Paul II)

‘The harvest is great, the labourers are few: ask the Lord of the harvest to send labourers into his harvest.’, Esker Monastery, Athenry.

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