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Church Choirs, Singers & Musicians
 RAISE THEIR
 VOICES
for Frontline Staff
Pentecost Sunday (May 31) sees the release of a unique collaboration of church musicians, choirs and singers from
all over the island of Ireland. The Irish Blessing is released on YouTube on that day at 11am. The blessing features an adapted version of the well known hymn ‘Be Thou My Vision’. It is the latest in a worldwide movement to recognise and honour the dedication of frontline workers in these challenging times. It has been recorded and put together online during lockdown.
The Irish Blessing was the brainchild of Dublin based ordinand, Philip McKinley, who is also a founding member of Discovery Gospel Choir. Having seen the movement, which started in the US and spread to South Africa and the UK as well as other countries, he wondered if a similar initiative would work in Ireland.
“I sensed there was a window of opportunity and we had to grasp it. It is an opportunity to build a network of singers and to draw in the many strands of church music,” he explained. “I tested the temperature and put up a post on my own social media asking if anyone would be interested in joining me in an Irish Blessing. There was a flood of responses. It was quite intense.”
He teamed up with Fr Martin Magill, Parish Priest at St John the Evangelist, Belfast, and between them they set about promoting the idea among church musicians and choirs. They wanted to ensure an ecumenical approach.
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Fr Martin outlined the background to the choice of hymn. “The words of the hymn ‘Be Thou My Vision’ can be traced back to fifth to ninth century Christian Ireland, to a tradition of a prayer for protection known as, ‘lorica,’ (Latin for armour or breastplate). The references in the prayer to armour and sword are thought to be inspired by some of the imagery in St Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians, 6:16–17, such as ‘shield of faith,’ ‘helmet of salvation,’ and ‘the sword of the Spirit.’ Praying for protection and blessing is particularly apt during these times,” he stated.
Philip added: “God blesses us abundantly and is present with us, even in very difficult times. This hymn invites us to lift our eyes, to shift our vision far beyond ourselves, to Him. Ireland is famous for its blessing; words to encourage friends, family and neighbours along the journey. We want to bless those on the frontlines with words of hope and life and relationship with the Creator of all things. This is an exciting, collaborative, video– project, designed to bless our community and encourage people to lift their vision to the Lord. In the words of the hymn we want to draw people into a greater awareness of, ‘thy presence, my light,’ in these dark and challenging times”.
The organisers put together a resource pack which could be downloaded from the Irish Blessing website. Singers recorded themselves singing and submitted their work. Participants were asked to select a facility which provides
an essential service in their area and to dedicate their rendition of the specially adapted hymn to them.
Once submitted, recordings were considered for inclusion in the all–island rendition. The final collaborative video was directed and edited by a renowned team, including Greg Fromholz, Stu Reid and Jonny Rea. At the time of writing the name of the YouTube channel had not been decided but search The Irish Blessing to find it. More details can be obtained on the website: www.theirishblessing.com
Philip McKinley
Guígí freisin do na
mbeidh rialtas nua againn faoin am a bhfoilseofar an t-alt seo ar shuíomh idirlín an CHURCH REVIEW; muna mbeidh, guígí gur rialtas fíormhaith a gheobhaimid – rialtas a bheidh in ann d’fhadhbanna sláinte agus eacnamaíochta na hÉireann. Mar a scríobh Naomh Pól chuig Tiomóid (Timothy); “impím ort sa chéad áit go ndéanfaí urnaithe agus achainíocha... go háirithe ar son ríthe agus an lucht ceannais uile, le súil go bhféadfaimis ár saol a thabhairt go diaganta cráifeach faoi shuaimhneas agus faoi shíocháin” (1 Tiomóid 2:1,2)
Má tá rialtas nua againn faoin am sin, guígí go dtabharfaidh Dia eagna, neart agus misneach dóibh leis an tír a stiúradh go maith, go fíréanta agus go cothrom.
BEANNACHT DÉ ORAIBH!
GO bhFÁGA DIA BHUR SLÁINTE AGAIBH! R. SEATHRÚN MAC ÉIN
  Í BHEIDH SEIRBHÍS GHAEILGE AGAINN an mhí seo mar
gheall ar ghalar víreas COVID-19, ach is amhlaidh is mó is cóir daoibh bheith ag urnaí agus ag léamh an Bhíobla.
STAIDÉAR AR AN mBÍOBLA – URNAÍ: Cad iad na hábhair ar chóir dúinn bheith ag urnaí fúthu? An freagra gairid – aon ní a chuireann imní oraibh nó atá ag cur as do dhaoine eile! “Caithigí bhur gcúram go léir suas air, mar tugann sé aire daoibh.” (1 Peadar 5:7)
Sláinte mar shampla! Sa Bhíobla, nuair a cheadaigh Dia go dtiocfadh galar forleathan ar phobal ar bith – mar atá COVID-19 ar mhórán pobal faoi láthair – is minic a bhí Sé sásta a galar a leigheas agus a dhíbirt uathu nuair a rinneadar urnaí, go háirithe má thugadar cúl lena gcuid peacaí chomh maith. Mar sin, bígí ag guí ar son na ndaoine a bhfuil COVID-19 orthu nó atá i mbaol é a tholgadh. Guígí freisin do na daoine atá ag obair sa tseirbhís sláinte.
daoine atá i gceannas na tíre. Tá súil agam go
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