Cardinal Seán Brady’s return home to Ireland

28 Nov 2007


28th November 2007

Cardinal Seán Brady’s return home to Ireland


You, or a representative, are invited to Dublin Airport tomorrow, Thursday the 29 November 2007, for the return to Ireland of Cardinal Seán Brady after his creation as a cardinal last weekend by the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI. An Taoiseach, Mr Bertie Ahern TD, will greet Cardinal Brady at 10:20am after his arrival in Dublin Airport.

You are also invited to a Liturgical Service of Welcome, presided over by Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, the Archbishop of Dublin, which will take place in the Airport Church tomorrow morning at 11:00am, to celebrate Cardinal Brady’s return home.

Presided over by Archbishop Martin, representatives of other churches will also attend this Liturgical Service of Welcome, including the Church of Ireland Archbishop of Dublin, Archbishop John Neill. Music and liturgy will include children from local parish schools in Swords.

Later in the day in St Patrick’s Cathedral in Armagh, Cardinal Brady will be the chief celebrant at a special concelebrated Mass to mark his homecoming, commencing at 8.00pm. This Mass is being broadcast live on RTÉ Radio 1 medium wave (567, kHz).

Dublin Airport Church – 29 NOVEMBER 2007

Entrance Song Christ Be Near (Gaelic)

All sing:

Christ be near at either hand,
Christ behind, before me stand
Christ with me where e’er I go
Christ around above below.

Christ be in my heart and mind
Christ within my soul enshrined
Christ control my wayward heart
Christ abide and ne’er depart.

Christ my light and only way
Christ my lantern night and day
Christ be my unchanging friend
Guide and shepherd to the end.

Welcome – Archbishop Diarmuid Martin

Opening Prayer
Let us pray,God of providence and hope,
By the power of your Spirit and the gracious appointment of Pope Benedict XVI, our friend,
Seán Brady has been elevated to the College of Cardinals. Bless him with the gifts of your
Spirit that he may faithfully carry out the tasks of his office for the good of the Church
in Ireland and the universal Church.
We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Ephesians 4:1-6

I, the prisoner in the Lord, implore you therefore to lead a life worthy of your vocation.
Bear with one another charitably, in complete selflessness, gentleness and patience. Do all you
can to preserve the unity of the Spirit by the peace that binds you together. There is one Body,
one Spirit, just as you were all called. There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God who
is Father of all, over all, through all and within all.

Song Set Your Heart On The Higher Gifts (Steve Warner)
(At this time seven readers and seven carrying symbols of the gifts of the Holy Spirit move forward into the sanctuary.
After each call for renewal the reader places a lighted candle in the prayer space)

Prayer of the Holy Spirit
Let us pray,
We know that the Holy Spirit gives us gifts to help us in our lives.
We pray that these gifts may be renewed in Cardinal Seán today.

Reader 1. Renew in him the Spirit of Wisdom that he may be a source to others on their journey.
All. Come, Spirit of Wisdom
Reader 2. Renew in him the Spirit of Understanding that he may see the truth.
All. Come, Spirit of Understanding
Reader 3. Renew in him the Spirit of Right Judgement that he may make decisions that are fair and just.
All. Come, Spirit of Right Judgement
Reader 4. Renew in him the Spirit of Courage that he may inspire others to be strong in the face of opposition.
All. Come, Spirit of Courage
Reader 5. Renew in him the Spirit of Knowledge that he may be a worthy guide to others in their mission.
All. Come, Spirit of Knowledge
Reader 6. Renew in him the Spirit of Reverence that he may honour God’s gifts of creation and all people with dignity.
All. Come, Spirit of Reverence
Reader 7 Renew in him the Spirit of Awe and Wonder in God’s presence that he may rely on the help of his Master.
All. Come, Spirit of Awe and Wonder

Song The Deer’s Cry (Shaun Davey)

Prayer for Unity  – Church Leader
Lord, Jesus Christ willed us to be one and so we pray for an end to all division and disharmony
among all those who believe in Christ. Let us celebrate what we share in common and reap the rewards
of a harvest sown in a spirit of understanding and tolerance. May each one of us this day be renewed
in our commitment to be instruments of peace. We pray this through Christ, Our Lord. Amen.

Presentation of Peace Lamp

Blessing – Cardinal Seán Brady
Song Make Me A Channel of Our Peace (Sebastian Temple)


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Martin Long Director of Communications (086 172 7678)
Kathy Tynan Communications Officer (086 817 5674)