Holy Week Services
Our services begin on Palm Sunday, 13th April and run through until Good Friday, 18th April. This Holy Week our theme is “sensing the story”, we look at how the those momentous events in Jerusalem were experienced through the five senses of those who were there. Our services will be as follows:
Palm Sunday 7 pm Seir Kieran – Touch
Monday 8 pm Roskelton – Smell
Tuesday 8 pm Annatrim – Taste
Wednesday 8 pm Borris in Ossory – Hearing
Maundy Thursday 8 pm Mountrath – Sight
Our services on Good Friday begin at 10 am with the Stations of the Cross from Roskelton to The Hollow. At 2 pm we keep the Last Hour in Mountrath, a service of bible reading, hymns and quietness. On Good Friday at 8pm we gather in Lacca for a dramatized reading of the Passion story with all the old favourite hymns, ‘The Old Rugged Cross’, ‘Nearer, my God, to thee’, etc.
Our celebration of the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ begins at Annatrim on Saturday, 19th April, Easter Eve at 8.30 pm when as the sun sets we gather for the Easter Vigil and the First Communion of Easter Day. As part of our service we shall decorate a cross with flowers, acknowledging the new life for us that came through Jesus’ death on the cross. Our Easter Eve services continue at 10 pm at Seir Kieran, the founding place of Ossory diocese and the most ancient Christian site in our dioceses. We shall light the Easter Fire on the monastic site where Saint Ciaran, a contemporary of Saint Patrick, lit the Easter fire sixteen centuries ago.
Our Easter morning Holy Communion services will be at 8.15 am at Borris- in- Ossory and then at 9.30 at Roskelton, 10.30 at Lacca and 11.30 at Mountrath.