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Feb 10, 2016

Mass of St Ita: A gift for Limerick and for choirs.


As part of City of Culture 2014, Bishop Brendan commissioned Fr Columba McCann to write a new Mass setting for Limerick. This Mass setting was first heard at the televised Easter ceremonies from St John’s Cathedral that year.

This Mass setting is now published and all parishes, schools and chaplaincies are invited to learn the Mass of St Ita, so that we can sing it together during our Diocesan Synod in April and then at future diocesan pilgmages and events.

In the foreword to this book, Bishop Brendan says:

"It is said that Ita, the great foster mother of many Irish saints, was given the grace of a mystical experience of holding the child Jesus in her arms and singing to him. In a hymn attributed to her by tradition she chants, ‘Sing a choir-song … for him to whom your tribute is due’. May each of us find in this Mass setting a new opportunity to pay our tribute of worship, glory and praise to God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. As Pope Francis reminds us in this Year of Mercy, it is from the depths of the mystery of God that the great river of mercy wells up and overflows unceasingly. May our hearts and voices sing in gratitude for the mercy of God that never ends."

You can read the full text of his foreword HERE

You can read Bernadette Kielys speech to launch this Mass setting HERE

Photographs from the launch are in our Photo Gallery HERE


Prayer and Liturgy for our Synod - download sheet music and audio tracks here