Gathered at the icon
On Friday evening, April 22nd, a large congregation gathered in the Cathedral of The Annunciation and St Nathy, Ballaghaderreen to welcome the Icon of the Mother of Perpetual Help. The Icon has been travelling around Ireland for the past three weeks and has been taken to Cathedrals and other places of worship along the way. There was also a visit to Limerick Prison.
Bishop Brendan was Principal Celebrant at a Mass of Welcome and spoke about the love Irish people have for Our Lady, very much seeing her as one of our own. He spoke of the “way the truth and the life” that is cradled in her arms in the image and of the need to make a place for Mary in our homes and in our hearts.
Following Mass, people had the opportunity to reverence the Icon, say a prayer and spend a bit of time. There was a Service of Healing and some time spent in Prayer around the Icon.
A number of Redemptorist Priests and associates were also in attendance.