28 December 2020

Epiphany and January 2021
in the Rathkeale and
Kilnaughtin Group of Parishes

The Magi waiting to arrive at the Epiphany … a scene in Saint Brendan’s Church, Kilnaughtin (Tarbert), Co Kerry (Photograph: Patrick Comerford, 2020)

The new Covid-19 pandemic restrictions introduced by the Government on 22 December 2020 make it difficult to know when Church services with congregations are going to resume. This is a list of the planned Church services for Epiphany-tide and January 2021.

Should restrictions ease, these are the times of services, the readings and the hymns. If the restrictions remain in place, these readings and hymns will be used at celebrations of the Parish Eucharist in the Rectory.

As is now usual, Sunday sermons and intercessions will continue to be available on Patrick’s blog (www.patrickcomerford.com) and on the Parish Facebook page, and the Sunday sermon will be streamed through YouTube and Facebook.

Sunday 3 January 2021 (Christmas 2):

9.30 a.m.: Saint Mary’s Church, 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; John 1: (1-9) 10-18


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.: Saint Brendan’s Church, Kilnaughtin (Tarbert), the Epiphany Eucharist (Holy Communion 2)

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


202, What child is this, who laid to rest (CD 13)
201, We three kings of Orient are (CD 13)

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


202, What child is this, who laid to rest (CD 13)
201, We three kings of Orient are (CD 13)

Sunday 10 January (Epiphany 1):

9.30 a.m.: Castletown Church, Parish Eucharist

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

Readings: Genesis 1: 1-5; Psalm 29; Mark 1: 4-11


136, On Jordan’s bank the Baptist’s cry (CD 8)
386, Spirit of God, unseen as the wind (CD 23)

Sunday 17 January (Epiphany 2):

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

11.30 a.m.: Saint Brendan’s Church, Kilnaughtin (Tarbert), the Parish Eucharist.

Readings: I Samuel 3: 1-10; Psalm 139: 1-5, 12-18; John 1: 43-51


608, Be still and know that I am God
605, Will you come and follow me

Sunday 24 January (Epiphany 3):

9.30 a.m.: Castletown Church, Morning Prayer

11.30 a.m.: Rathkeale, Parish Eucharist

Readings: Jonah 3: 1-5, 10; Psalm 62: 5-12; Mark 1: 14-20


381, God has spoken - by his prophets (CD 23)
584, Jesus calls us! O'er the tumult (CD 33)

Sunday 31 January (Epiphany 4, the Presentation of Christ in the Temple):

11 a.m.: United Parish Eucharist, Saint Mary’s Church, Askeaton (HC 2).

Readings: Malachi 3: 1-5; Psalm 24: 1-10; Luke 2: 22-40


119, Come, thou long-expected Jesus (CD 8)
691, Faithful vigil ended (CD 39)

The Presentation of Christ in the Temple … a stained glass window by Harry Clarke in Saint Flannan’s Church, Killaloe, Co Clare (Photograph: Patrick Comerford)

Praying at Christmas with USPG:
4, Monday 28 December 2020

‘Then Joseph got up, took the child and his mother by night, and went to Egypt’ (Matthew 2: 14)

Patrick Comerford

Throughout Advent and Christmas this year, I am using the Prayer Diary of the Anglican Mission Agency USPG (United Society Partners in the Gospel) for my morning reflections each day.

I am one of the contributors to the current USPG Diary, Pray with the World Church. After a few busy days, and before this day starts, I am taking a little time this morning for my own personal prayer, reflection and Scripture reading.

The theme of the USPG Prayer Diary this week (27 December 2020 to 2 January 2021) is ‘Introducing the International Year of Peace and Trust,’ which I introduced yesterday, writing as a trustee of USPG and President of the Irish Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament.

Monday 28 December (The Holy Innocents):

Let us pray for all children who are caught up in wars as innocent victims.

The Collect of the Day:

Heavenly Father,
whose children suffered at the hands of Herod:
By your great might frustrate all evil designs,
and establish your reign of justice, love and peace;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

The Post-Communion Prayer:

Eternal God,
comfort of the afflicted and healer of the broken,
you have fed us this day at the table of life and hope.
Teach us the ways of gentleness and peace,
that all the world may acknowledge
the kingdom of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

Matthew 2: 13-18 (NRSVA):

13 Now after they had left, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, ‘Get up, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you; for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.’ 14 Then Joseph got up, took the child and his mother by night, and went to Egypt, 15 and remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfil what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet, ‘Out of Egypt I have called my son.’

16 When Herod saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, he was infuriated, and he sent and killed all the children in and around Bethlehem who were two years old or under, according to the time that he had learned from the wise men. 17 Then was fulfilled what had been spoken through the prophet Jeremiah:

18 ‘A voice was heard in Ramah,
wailing and loud lamentation,
Rachel weeping for her children;
she refused to be consoled, because they are no more.’

Continued tomorrow

Yesterday’s morning reflection

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