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 Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic this Easter around the churches is unlike anything paarishioners have seen before.

All Churches remain closed under Government directive and many have take to the internet to get their services broadcast live. Here is a non-exhaustive list of services we have found to date.

NEWRY CATHEDRAL PARISH

Services Live Online at WWW.CHURCHSERVICES.TV and some at WWW.YOUTUBE.COM

 Holy Thursday 10.30am Newry Cathedral; 7.30pm Newry Cathedral Mass of The Lord's Supper

Good Friday Stations of the Cross 3pm Newry Cathedral (You Tube); 7.30pm Newry Cathedral Veneration of the Cross

Holy Saturday 9pm Newry Cathedral

Stations of the Cross, Good Friday, Newry Cathedral
Stations of the Cross, Good Friday, Newry Cathedral

Easter Sunday 9am, Newry Cathedral; 9am St Mary's (Latin); 9am St Brigids (Polish); 10.30am St Mary's Church and Shinn Chapel in Saval; 12pm Newry Cathedral; 5.30pm Newry Cathedral.

SAINT CATHERINE'S DOMINICAN

Services Live at NEWRYDOMINICAN.COM

Holy Thursday 7.30pm Mass; 9pm Reflection

Good Friday 3pm Stations of the Cross; 7.30pm Veneration of the Cross

Holy Saturday 9pm

Easter Sunday 8am, 9.30am, 11am, 12.15pm

OTHER NEWRY CHURCHES

Sandys Street Presbyterian Church have added Sunday Morning and Evening Services Check out the Sandy Street PS Facebook Page

Riverside Church have been adding a short service live on their Facebook Page for the past few Sunday's so check out their Facebook on Easter Sunday WWW.FACEBOOK.COM

Newry Methodist Church has up to date Easter prayers see the Newry Methodist Facebook

Newry Baptist Centre Newry Baptist Facebook

EASTER MESSAGES FROM CHURCH LEADERS

Easter Message - Dromore Diocese

It’s hard to believe that this time last month people were debating the cancellation of parades on St Patrick’s Day. Our whole lives have changed in a matter of weeks. Coronavirus has driven us indoors, forced us apart, postponed our celebrations, heightened our fears and threatened our livelihoods. But it has also brought out the best in so many people, including our amazing health workers and others on the frontline providing essential services. I never realised there were so many Good Samaritans!

For our churches, this emergency has seen us develop new ways to pray and serve our communities. It is heart-breaking that our congregations cannot gather to praise God, especially during this most sacred of weeks when we celebrate the events that are at the heart of our faith – the suffering, death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.

As we journey during Holy week towards Easter Sunday, I encourage you to remember the sick and anxious, to think of the bereaved and those who feel alone. Reflect on the suffering of Christ who died for us on the cross, but do not forget, during these dark days, that we are an Easter people. We believe in hope, and in the resurrection. Spread hope everywhere around you. Send a good wish to someone you know who works in the health services, or to a delivery driver, a supermarket assistant or another essential worker. Offer encouragement to someone who might be worried about their employment. Don’t forget the charities, including Trocaire who are already supporting people who don’t have clean water, shelter, or the things that we take for granted.

The coronavirus crisis has raised our awareness of our how interconnected and interdependent we all are, and it has made us stop and think about what we value and perhaps even question some of the ways we have been living our lives.

We still have a long way to go in the fight against Covid-19 and its consequences. We will need many more Good Samaritans, Simons, Veronicas. There will be more sacrifices to make before this is all over. But as surely as Christ rose on Easter morning, we will come through this, hopefully as better people, strengthened by the experience.

God bless you and your families this Easter.

Archbishop Eamon Martin

Easter Message - Church of Ireland

‘…stay in; stay safe; stay with God…’

This is an Easter like no other Easter in the lifetime of most of us here on earth in 2020. The hour has changed. The mornings and the evenings are lengthening. We move from month to month. And yet the coronavirus Covid–19 is ahead of us wherever we turn our gaze. It is as if we are involved in a race against time within time itself.

St Patrick's Church of Ireland. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie

I wish you Happy Easter in all sincerity and in all hopefulness. There is a reason that the church calls Good Friday good. It is because, through the death and the resurrection of Jesus Christ, new life and fresh energy came into the world and comes into the world repeatedly every year of our remembering both Good Friday and Easter Day. Clergy and people together now have kept alive the flame of faith in ways and by means that none of us ever needed before. The digital has made possible access to the real presence of Jesus Christ in our hearts and minds, in our families and in our loved ones at home and abroad from whom we are separated, precisely because we are self–isolating as part of the national effort of good compliance and good citizenship.

My advice is simple and it is threefold: stay in; stay safe; stay with God.

St John 20.19, 20: The risen Christ came and stood among his disciples and said, Peace be with you. Then were they glad when they saw the Lord.

Let us share safely the peace of Christ with those who suffer from the coronavirus, with their loved ones, with those who are front line carers, with those who continue to provide us with essential services and with scientists and researchers.

Most Revd Dr Michael Jackson, Archbishop of Dublin

Easter Address - Presbyterian Church in Ireland

When’s the Peak?

For obvious reasons, as Christians throughout Ireland and around the world, celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus this Easter, it will be different. This year the familiar cry, ‘He is risen, He is risen indeed, will not resonate across the aisles of congregations up and down the land. But, as the Moderator of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland, Rt Rev Dr William Henry, says in his Easter Message, we have hope and it is more than a simple aspiration.

Dr Henry writes, “the Bible speaks of hope as a possession - God gives us hope…This hope that we have in Christ is not wishful thinking. It is not based on circumstances, or the strength of ambition. It is given to us through the resurrection of Jesus and this is why we believe the peak of hope is seen at Easter.”

The full text of the Moderator’s 2020 Easter Message

Isn’t it amazing how during certain crises, or events, that some words and phrases which ordinarily would have meaning only to a very small set of people suddenly become part of everyone’s vocabulary?

Downshire Road Presbyterian Church.

You can think of phrases like ‘Stockholm syndrome’, ‘Tech Bubble’, “Ground Zero,” and you can probably identify the news stories simply because these words were commonplace at the time. How else would a volcano with the Icelandic name, Eyjafjallajökull, ever be remembered? Ten years on from this particular eruption, which caused most air travel in Europe to cease, we are now familiar with today’s phrases of ‘social-distancing’, ‘flatten the curve’ and asking, “when will the peak occur"

Currently, the latest estimate seems to suggest that the peak number of cases of people suffering from Covid-19 will be over the Easter weekend. In the midst of these days, we need hope - and hope is precisely what the Christian message is about. The peak of the Christian gospel is also centred on the Easter weekend. God raising Jesus from the dead and ending the gloom and despondency of the early disciples, which they must have felt, is the most glorious demonstration of hope.

But normally, when we speak of hope, we get it wrong. We usually think of hope as an action, like, “I hope it will be sunny”, or in our present context, “I hope this virus will soon be past.” But any aspiration of ours will always be uncertain. In reality, we have little power over these things. It may describe what we would want, but of course not necessarily achieve. It carries the risk of deep and troubling disappointment.

But the Bible speaks of hope as a possession - God gives us hope. It is all about looking forward with certainty. We still do not control the circumstances of life, and there may be many points at which we are puzzled and perplexed; but we look forward with certainty to the future that God has perfectly prepared for us. Because of this sure and confident hope, we can live more fully and assuredly in this present uncertain world.

As the Apostle Peter exclaims, “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,” (1 Peter 1:3).

This hope that we have in Christ is not wishful thinking. It is not based on circumstances, or the strength of ambition. It is given to us through the resurrection of Jesus and this is why we believe the peak of hope is seen at Easter. Peter connects an event from 2000 years ago with what happens in our lives today. That is why he writes of a living hope that has a life all of its own. Significantly, at this time, this means that we can have hope even in the chaos and uncertainty of lockdown life. To have this hope is the reason many of us decided to follow Jesus.

This peak of hope now needs to be made real in a peak of caring and compassion towards others, as Christians demonstrate the eternal hope they possess, so that others will see the reality of it themselves. Crucially, do you have this hope as you live in these uncertain days?

Rt Rev Dr William Henry, Moderator

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