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Our growing sense of unity will bring more people to the Lord

Fr Martin Magill


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Fr Tim Bartlett and caretaker John Hanvey install Covid-19 social distancing measures at St Mary’s on Chapel Lane (Niall Carson/PA)

Fr Tim Bartlett and caretaker John Hanvey install Covid-19 social distancing measures at St Mary’s on Chapel Lane (Niall Carson/PA)

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Fr Tim Bartlett and caretaker John Hanvey install Covid-19 social distancing measures at St Mary’s on Chapel Lane (Niall Carson/PA)

When I last wrote for this column two weeks ago, I described the call to Churches throughout the island of Ireland to take part together in a blessing in song for the frontline workers who have been involved in the fight against Covid-19.

The blessing would be a variation on the now-weekly routine of people coming together to applaud the NHS and frontline workers on Thursday evenings, only in this case this would be by people from various Churches and Christian organisations in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

The practice of Churches coming together to sing a blessing is part of a growing international movement which has taken place in Sweden, Canada, South Africa and Vietnam, to mention only a few. (To listen to some of these go to www.theirishblessing.com)


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