Sing a new song for Ireland 1916-2016

fr-pj-and-the-flagI can’t believe that the centenary of 1916 is almost finished: I’ve read so many 1916 books (and still have more to read), I was at the reading of an old and new Proclamation, I stood at the raising of the flag by such a proud multinational group of parents and children and yet I’ve blogged nothing about it.

Like an old friend used to do, I cut articles from papers and put them into books and drawers and other ‘safe places’; finding them at later dates – often wondering then what made them important to keep! However this is not such an article. Although it’s dated 28/03/2016 it probable describes the dreams of 1916 and 2016 in a most inspiring yet apolitical way. I think it also puts into words the excitement of being part of a new Ireland- look at the faces of these children:

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Certainly worth a read and a bit of a ponder:

The Prayer of Remembrance by Fr Seamus Madigan, Head Chaplain, Defence Forces (From Irish Independent 28/03/2016)

God, most merciful and kind, on this Easter day of new beginnings we remember the men, the women and the children of 1916 whose short lives and big dreams extended the horizons of our hopes. In Your mercy the faithful departed find rest. Look kindly, we pray, on all who lost their lives during 1916 and throughout the troubled journey of our island’s history.

As we reflect on our past we thank You for all the courageous people of Ireland who dared to hope and dream of a brighter tomorrow for our country and all of its citizens. Blessed are all those who sought to build a more inclusive and just society, for they are truly the chosen of God. Look kindly, we pray, on the people of Ireland from all traditions, at home and abroad.
Help us listen and respond to the voices that challenge in 2016 as we re-imagine our future. Conscious of our troubled past, ‘To You O God, we sing a new song’: a song of compassion, inclusion and engagement; a song of listening, social justice and respect for all; a song of unity, diversity, equality and peace; a song of Ceád Mile Fáilte and of care for our environment. With You, O Lord, we long to sing our new song in a spirit of true freedom.

Loving God, You know my frail heart and my frayed history and now another day begins. Give us courage to step onto new ground, eyes young again with energy and dreams. Help us to believe in beginnings, to listen to the voices that challenge and to sing a new song for Ireland.
Together, on this island, we have achieved a new peace. We cherish that peace, as we cherish all of the children of this island equally. We pray for all those who have suffered in the Troubles of the past century, and we hope for peace and reconciliation in the century that stretches before us.

Do gach duine atá bailithe anseo ar an lá speisialta seo agus i ngach áit in Éirinn, go mbeadh sonas, sláinte agus síocháin againn.
Moladh go deo le Dia.

Praise God forever.

 

Author: Breda Fay

I'm retired since end August 2016 and loving the new life! More time now for family and friends and to explore craft, history, travel and certainly more of a chance for, me-time. To paraphrase Seuss: I've no tears that (teaching) is over; but many smiles that it happened!

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