LMFM Mass 24 July 2016

The weekly LMFM Mass will be broadcast on Sunday morning 24 July at 09:10am from the Church of St Oliver Plunkett, Navan.

Fr Robert McCabe sees the weekly Mass as one of the valuable contributions of local radio to many of the housebound parishioners around the North East. The good work by Eddie Caffrey in preparing each broadcast allows homes across the North East to join with parish communities from the archdiocese of Armagh and the diocese of Meath on alternate Sundays at 09:10.

In his homily, Fr McCabe explored The Lord’s Prayer as used from the time of the apostles in Galilee, Jerusalem, Rome and then across the centuries to the Boyne Valley with St Patrick in Slane, St Finian in Clonard and St Colmcille in Kells.

He also spoke of the young pilgrims who are preparing to pray with thousands of other young pilgrims in Poland – the home of the founder of the World Youth Days – a place where St John Paul learned how to pray, work and study during some of the darker days of the last century.

Fr McCabe described the significance of the prayers offered by the Meath WYD pilgrims last week at the altar in Ghent where Oliver Plunkett was consecrated archbishop of Armagh in 1669.

The same words of Jesus echo through Rome to Kells, Monasterboice, Clonard, Clonfad and Slane.

The same words which we have used on the bus to Knock, up and down Croagh Patrick, keeping vigil at a bedside, before our Leaving Cert exams, while waiting for our results…The same prayer which Oliver learned in Loughcrew and prayed with his family near Duleek, in Armagh and prayed in prison before his execution in Tyburn.

The words which were prayed by Irish seminarians and priests and bishops in Flanders during the seventeeth century are the same words prayed by soldiers in Flanders fields just over a hundred years ago.

These are also the words which are prayed by those Christians who are fleeing from Syria, Iraq and Egypt.

Those who pray that they may do the will of God will use this prayer in more stressful situations than us today – some families and communities in their chapel or temporary meeting hall in a refugee camps or in a prisons. What a greater challenge this prayer must be for them to live out with sincerity and hope!

Much of the same challenge of forgiving those who trespass against us is there for us today when we see recent painful events in Nice and in Munich.

Liturgical Music was provided by the Navan Male Voice Choir conducted by Michael Moran and accompanied by Ann Cunningham.