WORLD DAY OF PRAYER
This year the local service will be organized by Balally parish. It will be held in the Church of the Ascension of the Lord, Balally on Thursday evening 4th March at 7.30pm. The worldwide service has been prepared this year by the Christian women of Vanuatu. This is a string of islands in the South Pacific Ocean which is vulnerable to earthquakes, cyclones, volcanic eruptions and rising sea levels. Choosing the land on which to build a house is therefore an important decision for the people there. It’s understandable why they chose as their theme: ‘Build on a strong foundation’, using the words of Jesus in Matthew 7:24-27 as their inspiration. These 80 plus islands of Vanuatu are renowned for their pristine environment, with sandy beaches, coral reefs, birds and fruits. The country has a thriving tourist industry.
In a departure from the norm, because of current restrictions on gatherings of people, this year the service will be held on line. It will be broadcast live from the church, via the parish website on the evening of 4th March. It will also be recorded and available for viewing on that site in the week following the service.
Preparation and delivery of the service will be by a group from Balally representing the Roman Catholic communities of Sandyford, Kilternan, Balally and Glencullen, and representatives of the Church of Ireland Community in Kilternan. Sadly, in the special circumstances of this year, there has to be a curtailed organizing group. This is to comply with government regulations on numbers gathering in churches.
However, a warm invitation is extended to all men and women to become part of this on-line community in celebration of this annual event. The Balally parish website (www.balallyparish.ie/live) will lead you into the live service. Alternatively, you can view the recording in the following week.
We will all miss the life that flows from preparing and participating with a large group and of course the chat at the gathering for tea/coffee/buns afterwards. We hope that by next year normality will be restored!