27 February 2021

Praying in Lent and Easter 2021:
11, CITI chapel, Dublin

Inside the chapel in the Church of Ireland Theological Institute, Dublin (Photograph: Patrick Comerford)

Patrick Comerford

During Lent and Easter this year, I am taking some time each morning to reflect in these ways:

1, a photograph of a church or place of worship that has been significant in my spiritual life;

2, the day’s Gospel reading;

3, a prayer from the prayer diary of the Anglican mission agency USPG (United Society, Partners in the Gospel).

This week I am offering photographs from seven churches in which I have served during my ministry. My photographs this morning (27 February 2021) are from the chapel of the Church of Ireland Theological Institute.

I started lecturing part-time in what was then the Church of Ireland Theological College in 2002, and joined the full-time staff in 2006 as Director of Spiritual Formation. From 2011 to 2017, I was the Lecturer in Anglicanism and Church History and an Adjunct Assistant Professor in Trinity College Dublin.

Matthew 5: 43-48 (NRSVA):

[Jesus said:] 43 ‘You have heard that it was said, “You shall love your neighbour and hate your enemy.” 44 But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 so that you may be children of your Father in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous. 46 For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax-collectors do the same? 47 And if you greet only your brothers and sisters, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? 48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.’

Prayer in the USPG Prayer Diary:

The USPG Prayer Diary today (27 February 2021) invites us to pray:

Let us give thanks for all those who work toward caring for creation, that their example may be a model to many.

Yesterday’s reflection

Continued tomorrow

The chapel is on the ground floor of the Church of Ireland Theological Institute (Photograph: Patrick Comerford)

Scripture quotations are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Anglicised Edition copyright © 1989, 1995, National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide. http://nrsvbibles.org

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