‘I am the Bread of Life’ (John 6: 35) … many of our Gospel readings in August emphasise Christ’s words: ‘I am the Bread of Life’ (Photograph: Patrick Comerford)
1 August 2021 (Trinity IX):
9.30 a.m.: The Parish Eucharist, Saint Mary’s Church, Askeaton.
11.30 a.m.: Morning Prayer, Saint Brendan’s Church, Kilnaughtin (Tarbert).
Readings: II Samuel 11: 26 to 12: 13a; Psalm 51: 1-13; John 6: 24-35
403, Bread of the world in mercy broken (Askeaton), CD 24
425, Jesus, thou joy of loving hearts (Tarbert), CD 25
418, Here, O my Lord, I see thee face to face (CD 25)
8 August 2021 (Trinity X):
9.30 a.m.: The Parish Eucharist, Castletown Church.
11.30 a.m.: Morning Prayer, Holy Trinity Church, Rathkeale.
Readings: II Samuel 18: 5-9, 15, 31-33; Psalm 130; John 6: 35, 41-51
425, Jesus, thou joy of loving hearts (CD 25)
422, In the quiet consecration (Castletown), CD 25
431, Lord, enthroned in heavenly splendour (CD 26)
15 August 2021 (Trinity XI):
9.30 a.m.: Morning Prayer, Saint Mary’s Church, Askeaton.
11.30 a.m.: Parish Eucharist, Saint Brendan’s Church, Kilnaughtin (Tarbert).
Readings: I Kings 2: 10-12, 3: 3-14; Psalm 111; John 6: 51-58
581, I, the Lord of sea and sky (CD 49)
420, ‘I am the bread of life’ (CD 49)
22 August 2021 (Trinity XII):
9.30 a.m.: Morning Prayer, Castletown Church.
11.30 a.m.: The Parish Eucharist, Holy Trinity Church, Rathkeale.
Readings: I Kings 8: (1, 6, 10-11,) 22-30, 41-43; Psalm 84; John 6: 56-69
398, Alleluia! sing to Jesus (CD 24)
581, I, the Lord of sea and sky (Castetown), CD 49
403, Bread of the world in mercy broken (Rathkeale), CD 24
29 August 2021 (Trinity XIII):
11 a.m.: The Parish Eucharist, Askeaton
Readings: Song of Solomon 2: 8-13; Psalm 45: 1-2, 6-9; Mark 7: 1-8, 14-15, 21-23
597, Take my life, and let it be (CD 34)
630, Blessed are the pure in heart (CD 36)
Note: This is planned as a Joint Parish Eucharist at the Rectory, Askeaton, followed by the Parish BBQ (subject to Government and Diocesan Covid guidelines, and the weather).
Festivals and Feast Days in August:
6 August: The Transfiguration
24 August: Saint Bartholomew
29 July 2021
Before the day gets busy, I am taking a little time this morning for prayer, reflection and reading.
During this time in the Church Calendar known as Ordinary Time, I am taking some time each morning to reflect in these ways:
1, photographs of a church or place of worship;
2, the day’s Gospel reading;
3, a prayer from the USPG prayer diary.
This week’s theme is seven churches in Thessaloniki, and my photographs this morning (29 July 2021) are from the Church of Panaghía Chalkéon in Thessaloniki.
The Church of Panaghía Chalkéon (the Virgin of the Coppersmiths) was built in 1028 by Christophoros, a Byzantine official named in an inscription on the marble lintel at the main west entrance.
After the Ottoman Turks took Thessaloniki in 1430, the church was turned into a mosque, serving the guild of coppersmiths in the city.
When it became a church once again in 1912, the Turkish plaster was removed and the earlier wall paintings were cleaned.
The church was damaged by the earthquake in 1932 and was subsequently restored; and parts of it were rebuilt. Similar work was also carried out after the earthquake of 1978. There are fragmentary frescoes in the cupola and some icons.
Matthew 13: 47-53 (NRSVA):
[Jesus said:] 47 ‘Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was thrown into the sea and caught fish of every kind; 48 when it was full, they drew it ashore, sat down, and put the good into baskets but threw out the bad. 49 So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come out and separate the evil from the righteous 50 and throw them into the furnace of fire, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
51 ‘Have you understood all this?’ They answered, ‘Yes.’ 52 And he said to them, ‘Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like the master of a household who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old.’ 53 When Jesus had finished these parables, he left that place.’
Prayer in the USPG Prayer Diary:
The Prayer in the USPG Prayer Diary today (29 July 2021) invites us to pray:
We pray for those working to end human trafficking. May we add our voices to their calls for justice.
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