Order of Pilgrimage to St.Fursey

Prayer of the Pilgrim (in the Church)
Bless this path before us Lord. We come as pilgrims to walk in your ways. Help us to see the world as you do. Help us to be quiet, to become still : let the rhythm of our walking helps us to tune our hearts to the deeper rhythm of your love. Help us walk gently o the earth, to give thanks….for land, for water, for all the wonders of your creation. We carry little for this journey but we carry many burdens in our lives. Help us with these, lighten our load. We are going to a holy place. Following the footsteps of holy men and women who went before us. Help us to learn from them and also to find in our holy places, a spring of life-giving water for our own lives, a place to come ever closer to you, a place to help us know the true goal of all our journeys.
We ask this through Christ  Our Lord. Amen

Station ONE

John 4:5-7

On the way, he came to the Samaritan town called Sychar. Jacob’s Well is there and Jesus, tired by the journey, sat straight down by the well. When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink”.

Do I feel tired, troubled, thirsting for meaning, searching for peace? How do I treat the stranger?

Prayer

Circle me, O God, keep hope within and despair without. Circle me O God, keep peace within and turmoil without. Circle me O God, keep calm within and storms without. Circle me O God, keep strength within and weakness without. Circle me O God, keep wisdom within and foolishness without. ALL respond : Your peaceful presence, giving strength, is everywhere.

As we journey on, may we be open to new ENCOUNTERS.

Proceed along Main Street, turning right to site of Penal Church and ruins of Holy Cross Church

STATION TWO

John 4: 7-10

Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink”. His disciples had gone into town to buy food. The Samaritan woman said to him, “What? You, a Jew, ask me, a Samaritan, for a drink? Jews, in fact, do not associate with Samaritans.” Jesus replied, “If only you knew what God is offering and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink’, you would be the one to ask, and he would have given you living water.”

Do I exclude people of different background, culture or religion?

Prayer

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change. The courage to change the things that I can. And the wisdom to know the difference.
ALL respond: Your peaceful presence, giving strength, is everywhere.
As we journey on, we may be challenged to rid ourselves of prejudice.

STATION THREE (at ruins of the Holy Cross)

John 4: 13-14

Jesus replied, “Whoever drinks this water, will get thirsty again, but anyone who drinks the water that I shall give, will never be thirsty again. The water I shall give, will turn into a spring inside him, welling up to eternal life.”

Am I aware of God’s generosity? Am I generous with my time, my gifts?

Prayer

Lord, help me to be generous, to give and not to count the cost. Let my giving be an expression of kindness and compassion. May I recognise the thirst in those who are needy in spirit, in companionship or support. May I always be refreshed, restored and renewed by your presence to me in nature, people and prayer.

Proceed to Kilnavarnogue, via Marian Place, Quay Street and Bridge.

STATION FOUR (at Kilnavarnogue)

John 4: 15

“Sir” said the woman, “Give me some of that water, so that I may never get thirsty and never have to come here again to draw water.”

What is live-giving for me right now?

Prayer

Lord, enfold me, in the depths of your love and there, hold me. Renew my being. Refine, refresh, restore me, until my whole being is aglow with your glory and goodness, gracious and generous God. Amen
ALL respond: Your peaceful presence, giving strength, is everywhere. May we journey in FAITH.

Proceed to St. Fursey’s Well.

STATION FIVE (at the Well)

John 4: 28-30

The woman put down her water jar and hurried back to the town to tell the people. Come and see the man who has told me everything I ever did. I wonder if he is the Christ? This brought people out of the town and they started walking towards him. She left the jar behind.

What do I need to leave behind me? Do I witness as the woman did, within my famly, my community?

Prayer

God be in my head and in my understanding. God be in my eyes and in my looking. God be in my mouth and in my speaking. God be in my heart and in my thinking. God be in my end and at my departing.

ALL respond: Your peaceful presence, giving strength, is everywhere. May we journey on giving WITNESS to our faith.

Prayer of St.Fursey

The arms of God around my shoulders,
The touch of the Holy Spirit upon my head,
The sign of Christ’s cross upon my forehead,
The sound of the Holy Spirit in my ears,
The fragrance of the Holy Spirit in my nostrils,
The vision of heaven’s company in my eyes,
The conversation of heaven’s company on my lips,
The work of God’s Church in my hands,
The service of God and neighbour in my feet,
A home for God in my heart,
And to God, the Father of all, my entire being,
Amen
A Blessing to be said at the Well……
Lord, bless this water, source of life and nourishment. It gives fullness to all living things and refreshes us. Protect us from all danger, ill health and broken dreams. May we always thirst for you, knowing that you alone can satisfy our quest for freedom and wholeness. Give us your protection, strength and life-giving presence today and always. We ask this through Christ Our Lord. Amen
Lord, bless each pilgrim here today. Bless their families and friends. May their search for you, for meaning and peace, for health and happiness, find fulfilment in you. Grant these and all our requests through Christ Our Lord. Amen