Friday, 19 February 2021

Praying in Lent and Easter 2021:
3, Saint Brendan’s Cathedral, Clonfert

The great west door of Saint Brendan’s Cathedral, Clonfert, Co Galway, has been described as the ‘crowning achievement’ of the Hiberno-Romanesque style (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, as Lent begins, I am offering photographs of the four cathedrals where I have been a chapter member. This morning’s photograph is of Saint Brendan’s Cathedral, Clonfert, Co Galway, where I have been the Precentor since my installation in the joint chapter of Limerick, Killaloe and Ardfert four years ago, on Sunday 19 March 2017.

Matthew 9: 14-15 (NRSVA):

14 Then the disciples of John came to him, saying, ‘Why do we and the Pharisees fast often, but your disciples do not fast?’ 15 And Jesus said to them, ‘The wedding-guests cannot mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them, can they? The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast.’

Prayer in the USPG Prayer Diary:

The Prayer in the USPG Prayer Diary today (Friday 19 February 2021) invites us to pray:

Let us pray that during this season of prayer, fasting and giving, our world might experience a conversion of love for all.

Yesterday’s reflection

Continued tomorrow

The Precentor’s stall in the choir in Saint Brendan’s Cathedral, Clonfert, Co Galway (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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