26 March 2021

Palm Sunday, Holy Week in
Rathkeale and Kilnaughtin
Group of Parishes

‘Buro Taxi’ … riding on a donkey in Mijas, near Malaga in south-east Spain (Photograph: Patrick Comerford)

Sunday 28 March 2021

Palm Sunday, the Sixth Sunday in Lent

Due to Covid-19 guidelines from the Government and the Bishops of the Church of Ireland, there is no public celebration of the Parish Eucharist next Sunday, Palm Sunday, 28 March 2021.

However, there will be a celebration of the Eucharist on Sunday, and the sermon and intercessions will be made available online (www.patrickcomerford.com), through the parish Facebook page, and through Patrick Comerford’s YouTube channel.

In addition, the Cathedral Eucharist is livestreamed from Saint Mary’s Cathedral, Limerick, at 11.15 a.m. on Sunday mornings.

In preparation for this Sunday, or on Sunday itself, you may find it helpful to use the Sunday readings, Collects and Post-Communion Prayers.

The Readings: Isaiah 50: 4-9a; Psalm 118: 1-2, 19-29; Mark 11: 1-11.

Liturgical colour: Red (or Violet).

Theme: Moving from Palm Sunday through the disappointment of Good Friday to Easter hope

The Collect of the Day (Palm Sunday):

Almighty and everlasting God,
who, in your tender love towards the human race,
sent your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ
to take upon him our flesh
and to suffer death upon the cross:
Grant that we may follow the example
of his patience and humility,
and also be made partakers of his resurrection;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Lenten Collect:

Almighty and everlasting God,
you hate nothing that you have made
and forgive the sins of all those who are penitent:
Create and make in us new and contrite hearts
that we, worthily lamenting our sins
and acknowledging our wretchedness,
may receive from you, the God of all mercy,
perfect remission and forgiveness;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Post Communion Prayer (Palm Sunday):

Lord Jesus Christ,
you humbled yourself in taking the form of a servant
and in obedience died on the cross for our salvation.
Give us the mind to follow you
and to proclaim you as Lord and King,
to the glory of God the Father. Amen.


134, Make way, make way for Christ the King (CD 8)
231, My song is love unknown (CD 14)

Holy Week:

The pandemic restrictions also mean that, despite planning and preparation, there are no public services during Holy Week.

However, a reflection in the form of a poem on the themes of Holy Week, is being planned for the evenings from Monday to Maundy Thursday at 6.30 p.m., and at noon on both Good Friday and the Saturday before Easter.

These Holy Week reflections will be posted each day on Patrick’s blog (www.patrickcomerford.com), on his YouTube channel, and through the Parish Facebook page:

1, Monday 29 March, ‘Lent’ by Christina Rossetti (6.30 pm)

2, Tuesday 30 March, ‘Evensong’ by CS Lewis (6.30 pm)

3, Wednesday 31 March, ‘Marked by Ashes’ by Walter Bruegemann (6.30 pm)

4, Maundy Thursday 1 April, ‘Julian at the Mysteries’ by CP Cavafy (6.30 pm, with the Maundy Eucharist)

5, Good Friday, 2 April, ‘Three Hours’ with three poems by Leonard Cohen, Katharine Tynan and TS Eliot (12 noon to 3 pm)

6, Saturday 3 April, ‘If it be your will’ by Leonard Cohen (12 noon)

‘Julian … crossed himself. The Figures vanished at once; the haloes faded away, the lights went out’ (CP Cavafy, ‘Julian at the Mysteries’) … a crucifix icon from the Monastery of Vatopedi on Mount Athos (Photograph: Patrick Comerford)

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