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Ecumenical Service from Helen, New Ross




INTRODUCTION: In the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen
This morning the theme of our prayer service is UNITY. This year is the year of unity in our Augustinian schools. We are celebrating this year of unity, this morning in the form of an ecumenical service. I would like to welcome Rev Lynne Rogers who is here with us this morning from the Church of Ireland to speak to us about unity. To begin our service, I want to first draw your attention to our ‘Tree of Unity’ which the Transition Year students created. The roots of this tree are firmly rooted in the Augustinian values of Unity, Truth and Love. This fruit of this years tree, is that of Unity and the various symbols on the tree represents all that unites us here in Good Counsel College. Fr. Hennebry will now bless this tree.


Instrumental Music




Narrator: Once upon a time all the colours of the world started to quarrel; each claimed that she was the best, the most important, the most useful, the favourite. Green said:
Green: “Clearly, I am the most important. I am the sign of life and of hope. I was chosen for grass, trees, leaves - without me all the animals would die.”
Narrator: Blue interrupted:
Blue: “Consider the sky and the sea. It is water that is the basis of life and the sky gives space and serenity.”
Narrator: Yellow chuckled:
Yellow: “I bring laughter, gaiety and warmth into the world. The sun is yellow, the moon is yellow,
The stars are yellow. Every time you look at a sunflower the whole world starts to smile.”
Narrator: Orange started next to blow her own trumpet:
Orange: “I am the colour of health and strength. Think of carrots and oranges, mangoes and papayas. When I fill the sky at sunrise or sunset, no one gives another thought to any of you.”
Narrator: Red could stand it no longer. He shouted out:
Red: “I am the ruler of you all - life’s blood. I am the colour of danger and of bravery. I am the colour of passion and of love.”
Narrator: Purple rose up to his full height:
Purple: “I am the colour of royalty and of power. Kings, chiefs and bishops have always chosen me for I am a sign of authority and wisdom.”
Narrator: Indigo spoke much more quietly than all the others:
Indigo: “Think of me. I am the colour of silence. I represent thought and reflection, twilight and deep waters. You need me for prayer and for peace.”
Narrator: And so the colours went on boasting. Suddenly there was a startling flash of brilliant white lighting: thunder rolled and boomed. Rain started to pour down relentlessly. The colours all crouched down in fear, drawing close to one another for comfort. Then rain spoke:
Rain: “You foolish colours, fighting among yourselves, each trying to dominate the rest. Do you not know that God made you all? Each for a special purpose, unique and different. He loves you all. Join hands with one another and come with me. He will stretch you across the sky in a great bow of colour, as a reminder that he loves you all, that you can live together in peace - a sign of hope for tomorrow.”
Narrator: And so whenever God has used a good rain to wash the world, he puts the rainbow in the sky, and when we see it, let us remember to appreciate one another.




1) Lord, we pray for everyone who helps to make our school a good place in which to be. We pray for all the students in the school, That they will find this a better place because we are here with them. We pray for the principal and all the teachers, that God will give them the wisdom and the energy to continue teaching us. We pray for the secretarial staff, who make sure the school runs smoothly, and for all other staff, who make our school such a pleasant place to come to every day. Lord, hear us.


2) Lord, we pray for our families, that they will enjoy good health and happiness. We remember especially anyone who is ill at home at the moment. Help us to be loving members of our families, to make the time to help out at home and to show our families that we care about them. Lord, hear us.




For the Augustinian community, whose support and understanding contributes so much to our time here, in particular Fr. Hennebry, Fr. Collender, Br. MacGearlailt and Fr. Codd. May they be strengthened to continue their work of building a genuine Christian community.

Lord, hear us.



4) Lord, we ask you to continue to show your love for us through the work of many good people in our local community. Let our local community be a shining example of how, as Christians, we can love one another.

Lord, hear us.



5) Lord, we pray for all Christian denominations that we will continue to respect and understand each others differences and embrace what unites us.

Lord, hear us.





Background music to presentation - ‘One’ by U2. (Slide show of all members in the community e.g. playing sport, doing exams, preparing meals, secretary, caretaker, teachers, prefects etc.)




Ever present and faithful God,
Unite your people who believe in Jesus.
Make us one.
Heal our divisions.
Forgive our sins against one another.
Help us to learn from one another.
Gather us together around the Risen Jesus.
Increase our understanding.
Make us grow in respect.
For what unites us is greater than what divides us,
and our witness is greater in unity than in division,
and your call is greater than all our differences.




Article posted on 5th of March 2010

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