St. Macartin's Cathedral

Last updated 14th April 2024
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During 2021, the Church of Ireland Bishops’ Appeal released funds to support Covid relief efforts in India and also in Haiti following a devastating earthquake.  And now the crisis in Ukraine has displaced numerous refugees in need of support by relief agencies and the Bishops' Appeal seeks urgent donations to go towards such humanitarian work. Individuals and parishes are invited to contribute to support these and other efforts.   Taxpayers in the U.K. can give more help by “Gift Aiding” donations. For more details and to read a special press release, click on the Ukrainian flag here.

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Please note - in the event that a technical problem prevents a live transmission, we shall endeavour to upload a recording by five o'clock the same day.

The Dean Writes:

Dear Parishioners and Friends all around the world,

Easter means different things to different people. For  some it is about bunnies and eggs - completely secular.  For others,
it is about family get-togethers. To a  few, it’s just another day - completely atheistic and  God is not involved. However,
to many it is much more than those things. For  the Christian, Easter is not just a day, it is a season that lasts until Pentecost,
and in fact we should remain ‘Easter People’, who should continually live with the  message of Easter in our lives!

We live in an uncertain world where people cause pain and suffering through  words and actions and where people are divided because
of difference. That  is not the Christian way of life. That offers no hope. Without hope we lose our  will to live. Without hope we lose purpose and meaning. Without hope we lose our enthusiasm, our joy, our peace. However, the good news is that the resurrection  of Christ gives us a fresh hope.

We can only imagine how the two travellers to Emmaus felt knowing that Jesus  had died. Gone were their hopes for a bright future. They thought God had let  them down. They had suffered a cruel blow and were bewildered and upset. In  their grief, the risen Jesus came alongside them and spoke with them at length  but somehow they did not recognise Him. Why was this, and why did Jesus intend  to leave them at Emmaus without first revealing who He was? The answers may be found by looking back at the encounters Jesus had with people. He never forced His true nature onto anyone. Every individual had to  make up their own mind as to who He was, and to decide if the things He  said were true.

Today, Jesus does not ’gate-crash’ into our lives. In a number of ways He  gently and persuasively reveals Himself. So, the story of the walk to Emmaus should encourage us each time we feel His absence; at those times  when we thought He would step in and immediately solve our problems! On our journey of life, we can have times of sadness and it can seem as  though God is far away, but while we are thinking that Jesus has left us alone, He is actually with us. He knows where we are and what we are  feeling. He can quietly draw alongside us. Surprisingly, it can sometimes  be in situations of sadness and solitude that Jesus ‘speaks’ to us more clearly.

We do not have to go off in search of some ’religious experience’ or to a special ’holy place’. He is present in the here and now. Jesus is the unseen companion on every journey and the unseen guest at every meal. In His  way and in His time, our Lord reveals Himself to us in different situations. We may be aware of His presence in surprising circumstances and on  unexpected occasions. How important it is that we stay alert. There will be times when we will be like those two men on the Emmaus Road, searching for answers. We will earnestly desire clear and direct answers to our questions and the knowledge, understanding or revelation may be slow to come, but with Jesus, there are many lessons to be learned along our Emmaus Road’ than would have been discovered any other way.

May God bless you and may you experience His presence in your life - every day!

Sunday Services 9.00am – 11.00am – Mid Week Service Every Thursday 11.00am – Holy Communion.

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