To mark the Day for Consecrated Life, Bishop Fintan invited members of religious communities in the diocese to join him online in praying Evening Prayer on Wednesday Feb. 2nd. at 5pm.
The Vespers liturgy was celebrated at St. Finbarr’s Church, Dunbar St., Cork, where a number of young religious women and men joined Bishop Fintan in a prayer that was streamed online to all religious houses in the diocese – and across the world.
The Day for Consecrated Life gives thanks for the ministry and service of women and men who have consecrated their lives to service of God and his people as religious order priests, women and men who are missionaries, as well as women and men who serve as religious sisters and brothers in a range of ministries at home.
Vespers is the Evening Prayer of the Divine Office — the daily prayer of the church which ordained and consecrated women and men pray.
“This year the Vespers for the Day for Consecrated Life will be celebrated in the historic Church of St. Finbarr’s South. I have invited a number of young Religious who are living and working in the Diocese to celebrate Vespers with me,” Bishop Fintan said.
“It is hoped that the prayer, as well as honouring the great tradition of Religious Life in the Diocese of Cork and Ross will also point to the future with encouragement and hope.
It includes testimonies and witness from some of the young people as well as a response from the more experienced religious present.
Music is provided from the Parish of Carrigaline and a traditional music group from Coláiste an Spioraid Naoimh in Bishopstown will also participate.