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* St JustinSt Justin

Martyr, (red)
Easter 6 Cycle I

Psalm 89
"O Lord you have been our refuge, from one generation to the next"

* Glenstal Martyrology: Around the year 165 Justin, remembered in the early Church as "the Philosopher," was martyred together with six companions under the emperor Marcus Aurelius. Justin is remembered for the passionate and articulate way he defended Christian faith against its opponents' accusations. This did not prevent him from recognizing the seeds of the Word present beyond the confines of the visible Church, and he was able to show that the newness of Christianity was rooted in the wisdom of the pagan philosophers and of Israel's prophets. Justin was martyred at an unknown site for refusing to offer sacrifice to the gods.

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* Glenstal Menologium: Dom Mayol Lang, Luxembourg, monk of Maredsous. One of Glenstal founding monks. Glenstal 1927 - 1947, died Maredsous 1965.

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* ST COLUMBAST COLUMBA

Abbot, Secondary Patron of Ireland, Patron of Glenstal, Solemnity (white)

Gospel Mark 10:17-30
"Jesus looked steadily at him, and loved him"

* Glenstal Martyrology: Shortly after midnight on June 9, 597, Columba of Iona, a monk, man of culture and pilgrim for Christ, died in the church of his monastery. He was born into a powerful Irish family, but at a young age he understood that he was called to monastic life rather than to a life as chief and leader of his clan. Educated at the school of several of the best-known Irish monks, he was nicknamed Columcille, "dove of the Church" - in Latin, Columba. Well versed in the riches of his culture and skilled in the Celtic monastic arts, he founded the monasteries of Derry and Durrow, and perhaps Kells. Columba also appreciated the secular arts, and defended the bards and musicians of his time against those monks who wanted to suppress their activity. At a certain point in his life he decided, following the example of many of his fellow monks, to make himself a pilgrim for Christ and an itinerant preacher. At the close of his life, his home was the island of Iona off the southwest coast of Scotland, where he had founded a monastery. He dedicated much of his time there to guiding the community, and composed hymns and songs that are poetically and spiritually rich.

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* Glenstal Menologium
Br Columban Comer, Galway. Born 1912, Professed 1955, died 1981

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* Glenstal Menologium
Anniversaries of two lay masters from the early years of the school.
Mr P.M. O'Riordan, died 1962.
Mr Vinvent Quirke died 1973

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* Dedication of the CathedralDedication of the Cathedral

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* Glenstal Martyrology: Anniversary of the Dedication of the Cathedral of the Assumption, Thurles; mother church of this the Diocese of Cashel & Emly

'How lovely is your dwelling place
Lord God of hosts.' Ps83


Every parish is part of a diocese under the guidance of the bishop whose seat of teaching and celebration of the liturgy is the Cathedral. This the mother church; focus of unity of the believing community for the 46 parishes of this diocese, celebrates today.
The present Cathedral of the Assumption, begun in 1861, is the fourth church built on this site. Archbishop Patrick Leahy desired a more grandiose structure as he regarded the former 'Big Chapel' as 'not worthy of this great diocese much less to be the metropolitan church of Munster'. He loved all things Roman: chant, ceremonies and buildings and so engaged church architect of the day, J.J. McCarthy, who abandoned his normal Gothic revival style to accommodate Dr Leahy's preference. The Cathedral is modelled on the Cathedral of Pisa in Northern Italy. The foundation stone was laid in 1865 and the consecration was performed by Dr Leahy's successor, Dr Thomas Croke on 22 June 1879.

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Anniversary of the Blessing of the Church by Archbishop Kinane 24th June 1956.
The work had been carried out in two stages: firstly up to the blessing of the foundation stone in October 1951, and then after an interval of three years, the construction of the main building.
Designed by Fr Sebastian Braun of Maredsous, the work was achieved by Mr John Thompson in close collaboration with Fr Sebastian. The builders were the Patrick Cullen firm of Limerick; the funding came from donors, both here in Ireland and in the United States

* BIRTH of JOHN THE BAPTISTBIRTH of JOHN THE BAPTIST

Solemnity (white)

Gospel Luke 1:57-66. 80
"His name is John, and they were all astonsihed."

* Glenstal Martyrology: Today the Eastern and Western churches celebrate the nativity of John the Baptist, the Lord's prophet and forerunner. The son of the priest Zechariah and his wife Elizabeth, John is presented by Luke as the fruit of God's promise. He announces the messianic age in which the unfertile woman becomes the joyful mother of children and the tongue of the mute is loosened and breaks into prophetic praise. He lived in the desert until the day of his manifestation to Israel, and there, in silence, solitude, asceticism and prayer, he prepared himself for his mission. When the winter solstice was chosen in the fourth century as the date on which to celebrate Jesus' birth, the summer solstice was chosen as the date of John's birth as a way of respecting the Gospel account to the letter. The fact that days begin to shorten immediately after the summer solstice was seen by the Church fathers as a confirmation of John's words and the witness he bore to Christ: "He must increase, I must decrease." Since John was an ascetic who lived in the desert, he quickly became a model for early monasticism. He has always been venerated with special love by monks.

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Fr Vincent Ryan, Limerick, born 1930, professed 1953, died 2005.

* SS PETER & PAULSS PETER & PAUL

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Gospel Matthew 16:13-19 >br> " 'But you,' he said, 'who do you say I am?' "

* Glenstal Martyrology: Peter was a fisherman from Bethsaida in Galilee. A privileged witness of the Transfiguration and of Gethsemani, Peter was asked by Jesus to reconfirm his brothers after he experienced God's mercy at the moment in which his denial was forgiven. Peter was also the apostle who guided the first Christian community in bearing witness to the Risen Christ. He welcomed pagans into the Church and announced the Gospel as far as Rome, where he was martyred. Origen attests that he was crucified upside down like a slave. Paul was a native of Tarsus in Cilicia, and was brought up in the Jewish faith according to the tradition of the Pharisees. After recognizing Jesus as the Messiah, he became the proclaimer of the Gospel to the gentiles and travelled through Asia Minor and Greece, facing dangers and constant toil and carrying with him his concern for all of the churches. He was a Roman citizen and was decapitated in Rome, according to tradition, on the Via Ostiense. The feast of the apostles Peter and Paul was already being celebrated in Rome on today's date by the middle of the fourth century.

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