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Chaplaincy News

Happy Mothers Day to all Mums this Sunday!

Jonny Somerville

 1 Corinthians 13:4-7  – Love is patient; love is kind. Love is not jealous; is not proud; is not conceited; does not act foolishly; is not selfish; is not easily provoked to anger; keeps no record of wrongs; takes no pleasure in unrighteousness, but rejoices in the truth; love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things.

When it comes to the Bible’s most well-known passage on love, mothers are beautiful examples of the high calling of love that is described. 

Lúireach Phádraig Saint Patrick's Breastplate

Jonny Somerville

Lúireach Phádraig Saint Patrick's Breastplate

Críost liom,
Críost romham,
Críost i mo dhiaidh,
Críost istigh ionam,

Christ with me,
Christ before me,
Christ behind me,
Christ within me,

Críost fúm,
Críost os mo chionn,
Críost ar mo lámh dheas,
Críost ar mo lámh chlé,

Christ below me,
Christ above me,
Christ on my right hand,
Christ on my left hand,

Críost i mo lúi dom,
Críost i mo sheasamh dom,

Christ in my sleeping,
Christ in my waking,

Críost i gcrói gach duine atá ag cuimhneamh orm,
Críost i mbéal gach duine a labhráionn lom,
Críost i ngach súil a fhéachann orm,
Críost i ngach cluas a éisteann liom.

Christ in the heart of all who think of me,
Christ in the mouth of all who speak of me,
Christ in every eye that looks at me,
Christ in Every ear that listens to me.

Springtime 🌼❤️

Jonny Somerville

Your message of hope
to a world tiring of winter’s starkness,
longing for that first crocus
to push through snow’s icy blanket
and spread its leaves, 
like arms outstretched, 
to its creator.
Our yearly reminder, if we needed one,
that to a world that was dark and cold,
a world devoid of love’s sweet warmth,
you sent your Son
to break through sin’s icy blanket,
and, arms outstretched
on a cross,
he brought us
Thank you

A sleeping world emerges to new possibilities,
weakening winter's icy grip, 
and birdsong and bleating lamb
announce to all the promise
that in due season
creation bursts into life.
And whilst leaves that fell in winter
lie upon the ground,
soon to feed the earth,
in nature's wondrous cycle
of death and rebirth,
within the tree is a stirring of new growth.

There is real wisdom, Lord, in the adage
'It is always Springtime in the heart that loves God.' 
Springtime is a season of optimism and hope,
and the Christian lives a faith centred on hope. 
Winter, with its cold and dark days has gone, 
just as Good Friday has passed to Easter and beyond. 
We live a resurrection life
reflected in the new life springing up around us. 
Thank you, Lord, for the hope that you bring, 
the renewal that you bring, 
both to this world and to our hearts and lives.


For the cycle of life
which brings death and rebirth
A. We rejoice in the promise of Spring

For lengthening days
and sunlight's warmth upon the soil
A. We rejoice in the promise of Spring

For a snowdrop's beauty
reflecting its Creator's artistry
A. We rejoice in the promise of Spring

For new born lambs
their joy and exuberance
A. We rejoice in the promise of Spring

for all of creation
and the majesty of its Creator
A. We rejoice in the promise of Spring

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Lenten Prayers, Blessing and Prayer Service

Jonny Somerville

A Blessing for Lent

Go forth into the world in peace,

be of good courage. 

hold fast what is good, 

render no one evil for evil, 

strengthen the faint-hearted, 

support the weak.

help the afflicted,

honour all people, 

love and serve the Lord, 

rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit,

and the Blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit be upon you and remain with you forever. 


The Fast Life

Fast from judging others;
      Feast on Christ dwelling in them.
Fast from fear of illness;
      Feast on the healing power of God.
Fast from words that pollute;
      Feast on speech that purifies.
Fast from discontent;
      Feast on gratitude.
Fast from anger;
      Feast on patience.
Fast from pessimism;
      Feast on hope.
Fast from negatives;
      Feast on encouragement.
Fast from bitterness;
      Feast on forgiveness.
Fast from self-concern;
      Feast on compassion.
Fast from suspicion;
      Feast on truth.
Fast from gossip;
      Feast on purposeful silence.
Fast from problems that overwhelm;
      Feast on prayer that sustains.
Fast from anxiety;
      Feast on faith.

(Author Unknown)

Conference 2017

Jonny Somerville

Save the date and enjoy a fantastic weekend in Limerick!

Our annual conference offers a space to catch up, share and update resources, as an association we feel it is essential that we continue to organise it. Your feedback is very important and we have taken on board concerns about the location and venue. Therefore we have booked the Radisson Blu Hotel in Limerick for October 20th and 21st. We would appreciate your help in promoting it amongst your colleagues and friends involved in chaplaincy. The theme this year is 'Hope Anchors the Soul' (Heb 6:19). In a world of change and uncertainty, we hope to focus on that which keeps us and those with whom we work grounded, hopeful and safe. Please mark that date in your diary and keep an eye here for further details.