Tuesday, 1 December 2020

December 2020 in the Rathkeale and
Kilnaughtin Group of Parishes

The Nativity depicted in a mosaic in Saint Saviour’s Church, Waterford (Photograph: Patrick Comerford)

While the present Pandemic restrictions remain, there are no Sunday services in any of the four churches in this group of parishes. However, the Parish Eucharist continues to be celebrated each Sunday in the Rectory.

The Sunday sermon is available online each Sunday, through the Parish Facebook page, through Patrick’s blog, and on YouTube.

The Sunday services continue to be planned. In the event of the pandemic restrictions being lifted at any time in December, these are the planned services, when the psalm and two of these readings (including the Gospel) will be read, and hymns will be heard on CD recordings.

The Covid-19 regulations make it difficult to predict what we can do and what to expect. But Advent is a time of anticipation and expectation and calls on us to be prepared for Christ’s coming – in many unexpected ways.

With this in mind, should the Covid-19 regulations make Advent, Christmas and Epiphany services possible, then the planned services for December and January become possible in appropriate but modified ways.

Sunday 6 December (Advent 2):

9.30 a.m., Askeaton, the Parish Eucharist (Holy Communion 2)
11.30 a.m., Kilnaughtin (Tarbert), Morning Prayer.

Readings: Isaiah 40: 1-11; Psalm 85: 1-2, 8-13; II Peter 3: 8-15a; Mark 1: 1-8

Hymns:

126: Hark! a thrilling voice is sounding (CD 8)
136: On Jordan’s bank the Baptist’s cry (CD 8)

Sunday 13 December (Advent 3):

9.30 a.m., Castletown, Parish Eucharist (Holy Communion 2)
11.30 a.m., Rathkeale, Morning Prayer.

Readings: Isaiah 61: 1-4, 8-11; Psalm 126 or the Canticle Magnificat; I Thessalonians 5: 16-24; John 1: 6-8, 19-28

Hymns:

134: Make way, make way, for Christ the king (CD 8)
135: O come, O come, Emmanuel (CD 8)

Sunday 20 December (Advent 4):

No morning service in Askeaton

11.30 a.m., Kilnaughtin (Tarbert), Parish Eucharist (Holy Communion 2).

Readings: II Samuel 7: 1-11, 16; the Canticle Magnificat or Psalm 89: 1-4, 19-26; Romans 16: 25-27; Luke 1: 26-38.

Hymns:

119, Come, thou long–expected Jesus (CD 8)
712, Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord (CD 40)

3 p.m., Askeaton, Carol Service (Nine Lessons and Carols).

Christmas Eve, Thursday 24 December:

6 p.m., Kilnaughtin (Tarbert), Christmas Eucharist (Holy Communion 2) (please note revised time).

8 p.m., Castletown, Christmas Eucharist (Holy Communion 2) (please note revised time).

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, Friday 25 December:

9.30 a.m., Askeaton, Christmas Eucharist (Holy Communion 2)

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

Readings: Isaiah 52: 7-10; Psalm 98; Hebrews 1: 1-4 (5-12); John 1: 1-14

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 27 December (Christmas 1, Saint John the Evangelist):

11 a.m., United Parish Service, Rathkeale (Morning Prayer with Siobhán Wheeler, Parish Reader)

Readings: Isaiah 61: 10 to 62: 3; Psalm 148; Galatians 4: 4-7; Luke 2: 15-21

Hymns:

119, Come, thou long expected Jesus (CD 8)
170, Love came down (CD 10)

Sunday 3 January 2021 (Christmas 2):

9.30 a.m., Askeaton, the Parish Eucharist (Holy Communion 2)

Readings: Jeremiah 31: 7-14 or Sirach (Ecclesiasticus) 24: 1-12; Psalm 147: 12-20, or Wisdom 10: 15-21; Ephesians 1: 3-14; John 1: (1-9) 10-18

Hymns:

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)

11.30 a.m., Kilnaughtin (Tarbert), the Epiphany Eucharist (Holy Communion 2).

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)

Wednesday 6 January 2021 (The Epiphany):

11 a.m., Saint Mary’s Church, Askeaton: the Epiphany Eucharist (Holy Communion 2).

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)

Saints’ Days in December:

26 December, Saint Stephen
27 December, Saint John the Evangelist
28 December, The Holy Innocents

On-line sermons:

The Sunday sermons and the Sunday intercessions go online, with access through the Parish Facebook page, Patrick’s blog, and on YouTube.

The Epiphany in a stained glass window in the Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, Kilmallock, Co Limerick (Photograph: Patrick Comerford)

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