10 May 2020 Blessing of Graves in Milltown and City Cemeteries

Prayers and Blessing of Graves

Traditionally, the annual blessing of graves at Milltown Cemetery would have taken place on the Second Sunday in May.

Because of the current pandemic and subsequent restrictions on movement and gatherings, it was necessary to adopt a different approach to the blessing of the graves this year.

To mark the occasion, Bishop Noel Treanor privately visited both Milltown and City Cemeteries yesterday, Sunday 10th May, to celebrate a Ceremony of Prayers for the Dead and bless the graves.

Bishop Noel Treanor said:

“In normal circumstances, families would have gathered together in these sacred sites to affectionally remember and pray in solidarity for all the beloved dead who are buried within these Milltown and City Cemeteries.

United with families at home, we hold in our prayers all those who are buried within these cemeteries; relatives, friends, family members and neighbours.

We particularly pray for all those who have died in recent months, especially those who have died as a result of the coronavirus.

These are challenging times for families as they mourn the loss of loved ones and, as a Church community, we extend to them our sympathies and pray that God will bring them consolation and healing.

We entrust the souls of all the faithful departed to the love and mercy of God. Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace.”

Blessing of the Graves at Milltown Cemetery and the City Cemetery

Today, the Second Sunday in May, is usually Cemetery Sunday at Milltown. Due to current circumstances the Bishop blessed the graves alone in both Milltown and the City Cemetery today. Apologies for the quality of sound for the first four minutes – it was very VERY windy!!!

Közzétette: Saint Peter's Cathedral Parish Belfast – 2020. május 10., vasárnap