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An Easter message from Lough Derg

12.April 2020.

Hello – not from Lough Derg itself, but from the safe social distance that we are all observing and sharing.  And Happy Easter to you wherever you may be. As I pondered what Easter thought I might share with you, the figure of the late Vietnamese Cardinal François-Xavier Nguyên Van Thuân has been in my […]

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The Fourteenth Station held by Mary, depicted as Queen of Apostles

11.April 2020.

The final station is held by Mary, depicted as Queen of Apostles. The moon under her feet recalls the crowned woman of the Book of Revelation, who plays her part in the great struggle with the power of evil. THE BODY OF JESUS IS LAID IN THE TOMB It was now evening; the long day […]

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Lenten Journey – the Thirteenth Station presented by the apostle Matthias

10.April 2020.

Last of the apostles is Matthias. In the first chapter of the Acts of the Apostles, Luke recounts how he was chosen to take the place of Judas Iscariot. THE BODY OF JESUS IS TAKEN DOWN FROM THE CROSS The crowd had left the hill.  A few friends remained, to mourn the dead and to […]

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Lenten Journey – the Twelfth Station

09.April 2020.

The Apostle Simon, nicknamed “the zealot” to distinguish him from Simon Peter, is depicted as a young man with the hair colour associated with the Celtic peoples. JESUS DIES ON THE CROSS From the sixth hour there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour.  Jesus said:  “Father, forgive them; they do not […]

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Fifth Sunday of Lent

05.April 2020.

The Eleventh Station from the Lough Derg Way of the Cross This apostle is known as Judas or Jude.  At the Last Supper he asked Jesus, “Lord, what is this all about?” His straightforward question drew from Jesus the promise of the gift of the Spirit and of the peace that the world cannot give. […]

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Lenten Journey – the tenth station presented by the apostle James

01.April 2020.

The Tenth Station  James son of Alphaeus is sometimes called James the Less, that is ‘the Younger’. He was the local leader of the early Church in Jerusalem, One of the New Testament letters bears his name. JESUS IS STRIPPED OF HIS CLOTHES Now everything was taken from him, even his clothes.  Although he was […]

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Lenten Journey – the ninth station presented by the apostle Matthew

01.April 2020.

The Ninth Station  The money-bag on his left identifies Matthew the tax collector.  It was in his house that Jesus declared: “I did not come to call the virtuous, but sinners to repentance.” JESUS FALLS FOR THE THIRD TIME This was the final fall.  Jesus had reached the very limit of physical endurance.  And yet […]

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Lenten Journey – the eighth station presented by the apostle Thomas

27.March 2020.

The Eighth Station This is Thomas, the man of doubt and of resurrection faith. As Jesus left for the home of Lazarus it was Thomas who said: “Let us go too, and die with him.” THE WOMEN OF JERUSALEM WEEP FOR JESUS These women were moved to sympathy for Jesus.  He acknowledged their tears, but […]

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The Lenten Journey – the seventh station presented by the apostle Bartholomew

25.March 2020.

The Seventh Station The Seventh Station is presented by the apostle Bartholomew, also called Nathaniel, dressed in the robes of an eastern bishop. The knife refers to his martyrdom.  JESUS FALLS FOR THE SECOND TIME In spite of the help he fell again.  He was being hurried by the soldiers, the road was uphill, and […]

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Fourth Sunday of Lent

21.March 2020.
The Sixth Station Philip was one of the earliest disciples of Jesus. Like Peter and Andrew, he came from Bethsaida in Galilee. He helped the pilgrims in Jerusalem who came to him saying “We want to see Jesus.” VERONICA WIPES THE FACE OF JESUS https://www.loughderg.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Veronica-wipes-the-face-of-Jesus.mp4 Veronica was not like Simon; nobody asked her to help.  [...]
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