Monday, 25 November 2019

Advent, Christmas, Epiphany
Services in the Rathkeale and
Kilnaughtin Group of Parishes

A Christmas Crib in a shopfront in Bologna (Photograph: Patrick Comerford)

Sunday 1 December (Advent 1):

9.30 a.m., Saint Mary’s Church, Askeaton, The Parish Eucharist (Holy Communion 2), with Bishop Kenneth Kearon

11.30 a.m., Saint Brendan’s Church, Kilnaughtin (Tarbert), Morning Prayer, with Bishop Kenneth Kearon

Readings: Isaiah 2: 1-5; Psalm 122; Romans 13: 11-14; Matthew 24: 36-44

Hymns: 263, Crown him with many crowns (CD 16); 126, Hark! a thrilling voice is sounding (CD 8); 119, Come, thou long-expected Jesus (CD 8)

Sunday 8 December (Advent 2):

9.30 a.m., Castletown Church, The Parish Eucharist (Holy Communion 2)

11.30 a.m., Holy Trinity Church, Rathkeale, Morning Prayer

Readings: Isaiah 11: 1-10; Psalm 72: 1-7, 18-19; Romans 15: 4-13; Matthew 3: 1-12

Hymns: 535, Judge eternal, throned in splendour (CD 31); 162, In the bleak mid-winter (CD 10); 134, Make way, make way, for Christ the King (CD 8)

Sunday 15 December (Advent 3):

No morning service in Askeaton

11.30 a.m., Saint Brendan’s, Kilnaughtin, The Parish Eucharist (Holy Communion 2)

Readings: Isaiah 35: 1-10; Canticle Magnificat; James 5: 7-10; Matthew 11: 2-11

Hymns: 166, Joy to the world, the Lord is come! (CD 10); 704, Mary sang a song, a song of love (CD 40); 136, On Jordan’s bank the Baptist’s cry (CD 8); 535, Judge eternal, thrones in splendour (CD 31)

3 p.m., Saint Mary’s Church, Askeaton, Carol Service followed by refreshments in the Rectory (Carols and Readings on service sheet)

Wednesday 18 December:

12 noon: end-of-term School Play and Carol Service, Holy Trinity Church, Rathkeale

Sunday 22 December (Advent 4):

11 a.m., United Service, The Parish Eucharist (Holy Communion 2), Castletown Church

Readings: Isaiah 7: 10-16; Psalm 80: 1-8, 18-20; Romans 1: 1-7; Matthew 1: 18-25

Hymns: 160, Hark! the herald angels sing (CD 9); 133, Long ago, prophets knew (CD 8); 135, O come, O come Emmanuel (CD 8)

Christmas Eve, Tuesday 24 December:

7.30 p.m., Saint Brendan’s, Kilnaughtin, Christmas Eucharist (Holy Communion 2)

9.30 p.m., Castletown Church, Christmas Eucharist (Holy Communion 2)

Readings: Isaiah 9: 2-7; Psalm 96; Titus 2: 11-14; Luke 2: 1-14 (15-20)

Hymns: 174, O little town of Bethlehem (CD 11); 160, Hark! the herald angels sing (CD 9); 182, Silent night, holy night (CD 11)

Christmas Day, Wednesday 25 December:

9.30 a.m., Saint Mary’s Church, Askeaton, Christmas Eucharist (Holy Communion 2)

11 a.m., Holy Trinity Church, Rathkeale, Christmas Eucharist (Holy Communion 2)

Readings: Isaiah 52: 7-10; Psalm 98; Hebrews 1: 1-4 (5-12); John 1: 1-4, 15-18

Hymns: 177, Once in royal David’s city (CD 11); 184, Unto us is born a Son (CD 11); 172, O come, all ye faithful (CD 10)

Sunday 29 December (Christmas 1):

11 a.m., United Parish Eucharist (Holy Communion 2), Holy Trinity Church, Rathkeale

Readings: Isaiah 63: 7-9; Psalm 148; Hebrews 2: 10-18; Matthew 2: 13-23

Hymns: 152, Come and join the celebration (CD 9); 179, See amid the winter’s snow (CD 11); 418, Here, O my Lord, I see thee face to face (CD 25)

Sunday 5 January 2020 (Christmas 2):

9.30 a.m., Saint Mary’s Church, Askeaton, the Parish Eucharist (Holy Communion 2)

11.30 a.m., Saint Brendan’s Church, Kilnaughtin (Tarbert), the Epiphany Communion

Readings: Askeaton: Jeremiah 31: 7-14; Wisdom 10: 15-21; Ephesians 1: 3-14; John 1: 1-18; Tarbert: Isaiah 60: 1-6; Psalm 72: 1-7, 10-14; Ephesians 3: 1-12; Matthew 2: 1-12

Hymns: Askeaton: 652, Lead us, heavenly Father, lead us (CD 37); 166, Joy to the world, the Lord is come! (CD 166); 425, Jesu thou joy of loving hearts (CD 25). Tarbert: 202, What child is this, who laid to rest (CD 13); 201, We three kings of Orient are (CD 13); 189, As with gladness men of old (CD 12)

Monday 6 January 2020 (The Epiphany):

11 a.m., Saint Mary’s Church, Askeaton, the Epiphany Eucharist (Holy Communion 2), followed by tea/coffee at the Rectory

Readings: Isaiah 60: 1-6; Psalm 72: 1-7, 10-14; Ephesians 3: 1-12; Matthew 2: 1-12

Hymns: 202, What child is this, who laid to rest (CD 13); 201, We three kings of Orient are (CD 13); 189, As with gladness men of old (CD 12)

Sunday 12 January (Epiphany 1, the Baptism of our Lord):

9.30 a.m., Castletown Church, The Parish Eucharist (Holy Communion 2)

11.30 a.m., Holy Trinity Church, Rathkeale, Morning Prayer

Readings: Isaiah 42: 1-9; Palm 29; Acts 10: 34-43; Matthew 3: 13-17

Hymns: 134, Make way, make way, for Christ the King (CD 8); 136, On Jordan’s bank the Baptist’s cry (CD 8); 204, When Jesus came to Jordan (CD 13)

Sunday 19 January (Epiphany 2):

9.30 a.m., Saint Mary’s, Askeaton, Morning Prayer

11.30 a.m., Saint Brendan’s, Kilnaughtin, The Parish Eucharist (Holy Communion 2)

Readings: Isaiah 49: 1-7; Psalm 40: 1-12; I Corinthians 1: 1-9; John 1: 29-42

Hymns: 691, Faithful vigil ended (CD 39); 584, Jesus calls us! O’er the tumult (CD 33); 332, Come let us join our cheerful songs (CD 20)

Sunday 26 January (Epiphany 3):

9.30 a.m., Castletown Church, Morning Prayer

11.30 a.m., Holy Trinity Church, Rathkeale, The Parish Eucharist (Holy Communion 2)

Readings: Isaiah 9: 1-4; Psalm 27: 1, 4-12; I Corinthians 1: 10-18; Matthew 4: 12-23

Hymns: 52, Christ, whose glory fills the skies (CD 4); 584, Jesus calls us! O’er the tumult (CD 33); 593, O Jesus, I have promised (CD 34)

Magi at the Living Crib in Astee, Co Kerry (Photograph: Patrick Comerford, 2019)