Feast of the Annunciation of our Lord to the Blessed Virgin Mary

Do not be afraid One of the constant refrains in the Gospels is the admonition of Our Blessed Lord Jesus Christ: “Do not be afraid.” When the Lord draws near, it is our natural tendency to be afraid. We can be afraid of his presence. We can be afraid of what he might ask of us. We can be afraid of our limitations in the face of the call to true conversion and holiness of life. We can be afraid of our apparent obstacles along the path of our Christian discipleship. As our confidence in God increases, our fear decreases. … Continue reading Feast of the Annunciation of our Lord to the Blessed Virgin Mary

Third Sunday after Epiphany

This morning, I am playing for the Eucharist in the Parish Church of St John the Evangelist, Monasterevin, Co. Kildare at 10 a.m.. The four hymns that I have chosen for the service are: 362 – O God beyond all praising  219 – From heav’n you came, helpless babe  593 – O Jesus, I have promised to serve thee to the end;  199 – The people that in darkness walked  They are all from the Church Hymnal, Fifth Edition, published 2000. The service will be Order Two from the Book of Common Prayer, 2004 of the Church of Ireland. Continue reading Third Sunday after Epiphany