Poems for Good Friday


A Rí na hAoine
A Rí na hAoinedo shín do ghéaga ar an gcrois,
A Thiarna, ó dfhulaing tú na mílte ‘s na céadta loit,
Sínimid síos faoin dhídean do scéithe anocht;
Go scara tú orainn toradh an chrainn ar ar do chéasadh do Chorp
( Traditional Irish)
O King of Friday who lay spread-eagled on the cross
O Lord who suffered uncountable wounds
We lay ourselves under your protection today/tonight;
May you let us share in the fruits of the tree of your Passion.

I see his blood upon the rose
And in the stars the glory of his eyes,
His body gleams amid eternal snows,
His tears fall from the skies.
I see his face in every flower;
The thunder and the singing of the birds
Are but his voice-and carven by his power
Rocks are his written words.
All pathways by his feet are worn,
His strong heart stirs the ever beating sea,
His crown of thorns is twined with every thorn,
His cross is every tree.
(by Joseph Mary Plunkett)

Géag Uaigneach gach crann
Scartha leis an uile,
Íbirtchrot gach crann anocht
I bhfianise na cruinne
Ís é a dhínit a loime.
Samhail a bheirim do gach crann
Páischrann an chéasta,
Fior ar gach crann a chím,
Géadscartha clíréabhta
Tréighthe ag an duine.
( le Máirtín Ó Direáin)

Bare-branched each tree
Cut off from the universe,
Each tree like a victim tonight,
The round world in witness,
It’s nakedness is its exaltation.
I imagine each tree
Is the passion-tree of the crucifixion,
I see a figure on each tree,
Spread-eagled and pierced in the side,
Abandoned by man.

Morning Prayer for Good Friday


Knock Shrine Morning Prayer for Good Friday

Good Friday in the Gaelic Tradition

Good Friday always struck me forcibly in my local church on árainn (Inis Mór) as grown men who tend to spend the liturgical year at the back of the church come forward, form a line in front of the altar and in an act of humility, one after the other, venerate the cross.

Please read or download this short piece by Pádraigín Clancy.

Good Friday in the Gaelic Tradition

Caoineadh na dTrí Mhuire – The Lament of the Three Marys

Video: Morning Prayer every day with the Oblate Family

Join Pádraigín Clancy, Parish Pastoral Worker at the Oblate Parish of St Michael’s in Inchicore, for a short time of prayer, reflection and community, for today’s feast day, the Annunciation – where Mary said Yes to God’s plan for her. You are not alone in this time, our community is here to pray with you and for you, to support you and to accompany you through these uncertain days.

Morning Prayer with Pádraigín


Morning Prayer for Holy Thursday from Knock Shrine

Knock Shrine Morning Prayer for Holy Thursday

Solas Chríost Linn

Solas Chríost Linn



Fr Louis recommends the text below for our Easter 2020 reflection. It is an inspiring homily given by Fr Michael Murphy PP Roundfort, Claremorris, Mayo. His theme is ‘We are not acting [The Passion] anymore we are living it!’
It is a theme which has reverberated around our own Parish at St Michael’s over the past few weeks especially since Helen Scott spoke so eloquently on the same theme at our last mass together on the Feast of the Annuciation March 25th.

Click here to read the homily:

We are not acting anymore – we are living it!

A Celebration for Healing and Reconciliation Lent 2020

Dia Dhaoibh a chairde, Hello to all in the Parish of St Michael’s!

As a community we are laid low as we have never been before. We are forced to live lives of sacrifice and penitence. We have had to let go of the joys and consolation of physical communion with each other and with those whom we love. In various ways we are being deprived of all we felt we could depend upon: health, work, freedom, pleasure, company…

We are in a desert place.

We thank God as a faith community that we can say in God and Jesus Christ we trust.

Psalm 23 reminds us:

The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want,
He makes me lie down in green pastures,
He leads me beside still waters,
He restores my soul….
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil, for You are with me.

We have decided to post our Lenten Celebration for Healing and Reconciliation for you. We hope you may find it helpful in your prayer life this Passion week. It can be prayed alone or with each other –on line – or with your household – while maintaining a safe distance of course!

As we pray, we hold each other in our hearts, and we remember especially, those who are
ill and those who have died from Coronavirus and their families – around the world.
We ask your protection Lord on each of us, and our families, this Lent and Easter time 2020.

Solas Chríost Linn / May the Light of Christ Guide and Guard us on our way.

Click on the link below to download A CELEBRATION for HEALING and RECONCILIATION – Lent 2020:

Celebration for Healing and Reconciliation Lent 2020

A Prayer of Hope in these troubling times

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We pray for each other at this time We pray for all who are sick We pray for all in hospitals, nursing- homes and those who are housebound. We pray and give thanks for all who work in hospitals, all … Continue reading

Parish Newsletter March 15th 2020

The latest edition to the Parish newsletter is available from here

St Michael’s Parish Newsletter March 15th