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Lent 2020 – a call to prayer:  Scripture Sharing with Hearing Happening Hoping.

During this coming Lent you are invited to participate in ‘our call to prayer’ as we endeavour together to work towards developing an appropriate pastoral plan for our diocese.  In conjunction, with our ongoing online conversation at our Gatherings of Parishes regarding our pastoral plan for our diocese, you are invited to participate in this Lenten ‘call to prayer’.

In particular, you are invited to participate in prayerful reflection upon the Gospels of the Sundays of Lent.  In order to fulfil this purpose, our Diocesan Biblical Resource Group have made available the lectio divina Hearing Happening Hoping (HHH) resource.  In our prayerful listening to the Word of God we will be guided by the Holy Spirit.

Hearing, Happening, Hoping is a way of reading of a biblical text in the hope of meeting God! Meeting God is something that happens in our lives. God is already in our lives, so what we’re really doing is discovering the One who is already there. Hearing, Happening, Hoping is an accessible way of practising lectio divina, the Church’s ancient way of welcoming God’s word and hearing God’s call in the Scriptures.

Prior to the outbreak of Covid-19 (Coronavirus) and the implementation of the necessary public health authority’s regulations to curb its spread we had arranged 18 centres of HHH scripture sharing around the diocese.

However, in view of our concern for our community at large we ask that you avail of the HHH scripture reflection online so that you can reflect upon the scriptures individually or with your family at home.

The Hearing Happening Hoping resources for the Sundays of Lent can be downloaded via the following links;

We are grateful for the work of Prof Seamus O’Connell and Dr Jessie Rogers, along with Maynooth graduates and friends, who have developed this resource so that “easy access to the Scripture may be provided for all the Christian faithful.” (Vatican II, Dei Verbum, § 22).  We thank Jessie, Sr Mary O’Brien PVBM and Fr Eamonn Fitzgibbon for their support and guidance provided to facilitators of HHH.  Further details can be found at