31 January 2009

Twice the fun! Two blogs in one!

Our Pre-Sacramental blog for Scoil Bhríde has now been incorporated with this blog, for easy management and access.

February 1st, Feast of St.Brigid, Mary of the Gael.

ARTICLE, COPYRIGHT: www.libraryireland.com

OF all the Irish saints, Brigid and Columkille are, next after St. Patrick, the most loved and revered by the people of Ireland.

Like many others of our early saints, Brigid came of a noble family. Her father Dubthach [Duffa] was a distinguished Leinster chief descended from the kings of Ireland. For some reason which we do not know he and his wife lived for a time at Faughart near Dundalk, which was then a part of Ulster: and at Faughart Brigid was born about the year 455. The family must have soon returned however to their own district, for we know that Brigid passed her childhood with her parents in the neighbourhood of Kildare. She was baptised and carefully instructed and trained both in general education and in religion: for her father and mother were Christians. As she grew up, her quiet gentle modest ways pleased all that knew her. At the time of her birth, St. Patrick was in the midst of his glorious career; and some say that while she was still a child she met him, and that when he died she made with her own hands a winding sheet in which his body was laid in the grave; which may have happened, as she was ten or twelve years of age at the time of his death.

When Brigid came of an age to choose her way of life, she resolved to be a nun, to which her parents made no objection. After due preparation she went to a holy bishop of the neighbourhood, who at her request received her and placed a white robe on her shoulders and a white veil over her head. Here she remained for some time in companionship with eight other maidens who had been received with her, and who placed themselves under her guidance. As time went on she became so beloved for her piety and sweetness of disposition that many young women asked to be admitted; so that though she by no means desired that people should be speaking in her praise, the fame of her community began to spread through the country.

This first establishment was conducted strictly under a set of Rules drawn up by Brigid herself: and now, bishops in various parts of Ireland began to apply to her to establish convents in their several districts under the same rules. She was glad of this, and she did what she could to meet their wishes. She visited Longford, Tipperary, Limerick, South Leinster, and Roscommon, one after another; and in all these places she founded convents.

At last the people of her own province of Leinster, considering that they had the best right to her services, sent a number of leading persons to request that she would fix her permanent residence among them. She was probably pleased to go back to live in the place where she had spent her childhood; and she returned to Leinster where she was welcomed with great joy. The Leinster people gave her a piece of land chosen by herself on the edge of a beautiful level grassy plain well known as the Curragh of Kildare. Here, on a low ridge overlooking the plain, she built a little church under the shade of a wide-spreading oak tree, whence it got the name of Kill-dara, the Church of the Oak, or as we now call it, Kildare. This tree continued to flourish long after Brigid's death, and it was regarded with great veneration by the people of the place. A writer of the tenth century—four hundred years after the foundation of the church—tells us that in his time it was a mere branchless withered trunk; but the people had such reverence for it that no one dared to cut or chip it.

We are not quite sure of the exact year of Brigid's settlement here; but it probably occurred about 485, when she was thirty years of age. Hard by the church she also built a dwelling for herself and her community. We are told in the Irish Life of St. Brigid that this first house was built of wood like the houses of the people in general; and the little church under the oak was probably of wood also, like most churches of the time. As the number of applicants for admission continued to increase, both church and dwelling had to be enlarged from time to time; and the wood was replaced by stone and mortar. Such was the respect in which the good abbess was held, that visitors came from all parts of the country to see her and ask her advice and blessing: and many of them settled down in the place, so that a town gradually grew up near the convent, which was the beginning of the town of Kildare.

Mass Intentions for Week ahead, February 1st 2009.

Saturday 7.30p.m. 1. Geraldine Browne O’Neill.
2. Frank Keane
Pray for Kevin O’Sullivan at all Masses this Weekend. ________________________________________________________________
Sunday 9.30 a.m. Jim Brearley
11.00 a.m. 1. Annie Creane and Bill Keane.
2. Michael Burke and deceased members of the
12.15 p.m. 1.Maura Hoade
2.Bernard McDonagh
6.30 p.m. 1. Mary Egan, Anthony & Maud Fahy.
2.Paddy Johnston and deceased members.
Monday 2nd February Presentation of the Lord:Blessing of Candles
10.00 a.m Richard Ryan, Recently Deceased in Australia ________________________________________________________________
Tuesday St. Blaise:Blessing of throats
10.00 a.m. 1.Sick
2.William & Mary Shannon&Deceased of family.

7.30 p.m. Molly (Mary) Scally (Months Mind Mass)
Wednesday 4th February 10.00 a.m Deceased members of the Reidy family.
Thursday 5th February 10.00 a.m. Special Intention
Friday 6th February 10.00 a.m Anne O’Driscoll (Months Mind Mass).
7.30 p.m. 1. Geraldine McDonagh
2. Annie, Patrick and Eddie Ward. ______________________________________________________
Saturday 7th February 11.00 a.m. Michael Brosnan (Months Mind Mass).
7.30p.m. 1. Bobby Craughwell
2. Joe & Teresa Ryan ________________________________________________________________
Sunday 9.30 a.m. Patrick Gaffey
8th February 11.00 a.m. Mary Fahy & her Son Michael John.
12.15 p.m. 1. Maura Hoade and deceased members of the
Hoade family.
2. Thomas Anderson.
6.30 p.m. Kathleen Higgins.

Liturgy of the Word, Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, February 1st 2009.

FIRST READING: Deuteronomy 18:15-20

Moses said to the people: 'Your God will raise up for you a prophet like myself, from among yourselves, from your own brothers; to him you must listen. This is what you yourselves asked of the Lord your God at Horeb on the day of the Assembly. "Do not let me hear again" you said "the voice of the Lord my God, nor look any longer on this great fire, or I shall die"; and the Lord said to me, "All they have spoken is well said. I will raise up a prophet like yourself for them from their own brothers; I will put my words into his mouth and he shall tell them all I command him. The man who does not listen to my words that he speaks in my name, shall be held answerable to me for it. But the prophet who presumes to say in my name a thing I have not commanded him to say, or who speaks in the name of other gods, that prophet shall die.'"

Response O that today you would listen to his voice!
Harden not your hearts.

1. Come, ring out our joy to the Lord;
hail the rock who saves us.
Let us come before him, giving thanks,
with songs let us hail the Lord. Response

2. Come in; let us kneel and bend low;
let us kneel before the God who made us
for he is our God and we
the people who belong to his pasture,
the flock that is led by his hand. Response

3. O that today you would listen to his voice!
'Harden not your hearts as at Meribah,
as on that day at Massah in the desert
when your fathers put me to the test;
when they tried me, though they saw my work.'

SECOND READING 1 Corintians 7:32-35

I would like to see you free from all worry. An unmarried man can devote himself to the Lord's affairs, all he need worry about is pleasing the Lord; but a married man has to bother about the world's affairs and devote himself to pleasing his wife: he is torn two ways. In the same way an unmarried woman, like a young girl, can devote herself to the Lord's affairs; all she need worry about is being holy in body and spirit. The married woman, on the other hand, has to worry about the world's affairs and devote herself to pleasing her husband. I say this only to help you, not to put a halter round your necks, but simply to make sure that everything is as it should be, and that you give your undivided attention to the Lord.

Gospel Acclamation Mt 11: 25

Alleluia, alleluia!
Blessed are you, Father,
Lord of heaven and earth,
for revealing the mysteries of the kingdom
to mere children.

or Jn 1: 41

Alleluia, alleluia!
The people that lived in darkness
has seen a great light ;
on those who dwell in the land and shadow of death.

GOSPEL: Mark 1:21-28

Jesus and his followers went as far as Capernaum, and as soon as the sabbath came Jesus went to the synagogue and began to teach. And his teaching made a deep impression on them because, unlike the scribes, he taught them with authority.

In their synagogue just then there was a man possessed by an unclean spirit, and it shouted, 'What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are: the Holy One of God.' But Jesus said sharply, 'Be quiet! Come out of him!' And the unclean spirit threw the man into convulsions and with a loud cry went out of him. The people were so astonished that they started asking each other what. it all meant. 'Here is a teaching that is new' they said 'and with authority behind it: he gives orders even to unclean spirits and they obey him.' And his reputation rapidly spread everywhere, through all the surrounding Galilean countryside.

Taken from THE JERUSALEM BIBLE, published and copyright 1966, 1967 and 1968 by Darton, Longman and Todd Ltd and Doubleday, a division of Random House Inc, and used by permission of the publishers.

A special Mass for Richard Ryan, R.I.P.

A special Mass for Richard Ryan, 45 John Coogan Park,will be held in our church on Monday at 10. Richard's remains will be arriving home from Australia, probably next weekend. To Richard's mum, Bernie, and all the family, it is our privilege to walk with you in your hour of grief. Please be assured of our prayers and support.

30 January 2009

Richard Ryan,R.I.P.

Your prayers are asked for the repose of the soul of Richard Ryan, a young man, 45 John Coogan Park, who has died in Australia. Richard's funeral arrangements will be announced later.

'There are many rooms in my fathers house.'

29 January 2009

More exciting events at Croí Nua Spirituality Centre.




10.15-12.15 and repeated at 7.30-9.30

Patsy Kelly MSC and Michael Screene MSC

Mass follows the morning session for those who wish to stay.

EVERY THURSDAY EVENING: ‘Good News each Sunday’
Group reflection on Sunday readings.

7.30-9.30p.m. Croi Nua Staff

WEDNESDAYS 11TH, 18TH, 25TH February

‘Why Come to Mass?’

Reflections on the meaning of the Eucharist today.


For flyers or further information on any item, please:

Email: croinuacentre@eircom.net

Phone: (091)520960

Croi Nua Centre, Rosary Lane, Taylor’s Hill, Galway.

Mary Laffey, R.I.P.

Your prayers are asked today for the repose of the soul of Mary Laffey, R.I.P., 60 Camillaun Park. Mary's remains will be reposing at Conneely's Funeral Home on Flood Street, today, Thursday, January 29th, from 5 O'Clock until 6:30, when they will be removed to our church. Mary's Funeral Mass will be tomorrow morning at 9, followed by cremation in Mount Jerome Crematorium, Dublin.

'Dying you restored our death, rising you restored our life'

24 January 2009

Sympathies, Canon Joseph Kelly, R.I.P., a priest of our diocese.

Funeral Arrangements for the late Canon Joseph Kelly, PE (RIP)

Reposing at Monahans Funeral Home, Labane, Ardrahan

from 5 o'clock this Sunday evening.

Removal at 7.30pm to St. Teresa's Church, Labane.

Funeral Mass on Monday at 2 o'clock. Burial afterwards in the Church grounds.

May he rest in peace.

We extend our deepest sympathy to Canon Ned and his family.

Vision at Croí Nua Spirituality Centre, Taylor's Hill.

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Websites: www.croinua.com

All about Clonfert/ Cluain Fearta/ Field of Miracles.

Click to zoom... Buses leave Galway the last Saturday of every month, and the contact number is 091 - 523042 or 086 - 8424872

23 January 2009

Mass Leaflet for Sunday, January 25th, Third Sunday in Ordinary Time. Why not click, zoom in, and ask The Lord to speak to you through his word?

Mass Intentions for the week ahead, January 25th&IMPORTANT NOTE.




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22 January 2009

St.Agnes and St. Vincent of Saragossa, January 21st and 22nd.

St. Agnes.

St. Agnes was a Roman girl who died in 304. She was just twelve years old when she suffered martyrdom for her faith. Although few historical details remain, St. Agnes has always been popular. This is especially because St. Ambrose and other well-known early Church saints have written about her. Agnes loved Jesus so much that she chose only him for her husband. Since she was beautiful, many young men wished to marry her. However, Agnes wanted to give her heart only to Jesus. She would always say, "Jesus is my only husband." She even turned down the governor's son, who became very angry. He tried to win her for his wife with gifts and promises. Agnes just kept telling him, "I am already promised to the Lord."
Agnes was accused of being a Christian and brought to the governor. The governor promised Agnes wonderful gifts if she would only deny God, but the girl refused. The governor tried to scare her by putting her in chains, but even then she did not back down. Agnes suffered other tortures. Finally, she was condemned and killed.
Agnes is buried in a cemetery named after her. In 354, Emperor Constantine's daughter built a large church there and had Agnes' body placed under the altar.
How do I respond to the call of the Lord to love- loving to the point of forgetting myself for the sake of others and giving myself without counting?

St. Vincent of Saragossa.

Vincent was martyred in Spain in 304. This was the same year that Agnes was martyred in Rome. They both were victims of the cruel persecution of Emperor Dacian.
Vincent had grown up in Saragossa, Spain. He was educated by the bishop, St. Valerius. The bishop had made Vincent a deacon. Even though Vincent was quite young, Valerius recognized his talents and goodness. Bishop Valerius asked him to preach and teach about Jesus and the Church.
Emperor Dacian arrested both Valerius and Vincent. He kept them in jail for a long time. They would not let themselves become downhearted. Both remained faithful to Jesus. Then the emperor sent Bishop Valerius into exile, but he sent Deacon Vincent to be cruelly tortured.
Vincent asked the Holy Spirit for strength. He wanted to be true to Jesus no matter how terrible things would be for him. The Lord granted him that strength. Deacon Vincent remained peaceful through all his sufferings. When the torture sessions were over, he was returned to prison where he converted the jailer. Finally, the emperor gave in and permitted people to visit Vincent. The Christians came and cared for his wounds. They tried their best to make him comfortable. It was not long before he died.
Let us pray today in the words of St. Vincent: 'God fill us with your Spirit and strengthen us in your love'

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Agnes Wade, R.I.P.

Your prayers are asked today for the repose of the soul of Agnes Wade, 19 Colmcille Road. Her remains will be reposing at her home tomorrow, Friday, January 23rd,from 4 O'Clock, and will be removed at 7 to our church, where Mass will be offered on Saturday at 12 noon, with burial afterwards in Mount Saint Joseph Cemetery, Rahoon.

'Then in his mercy may he give us a safe lodging, and a holy rest, and peace at the last' (Cardinal Newman)

20 January 2009

Saints of the last week, January 13th to 20th.

We've had the feasts of a very eclectic group of saints in the last week. Why not google them and find out more? Two of them, St. Ita and St. Fursa, are our own Irish saints.

St. Sebastian.

St. Fabian.

St. Anthony the Abbot (different to St. Anthony of Padua).

St. Fursa/ Fursey.

St. Ita.

St. Hilary.

Sympathies, Pádraic Jennings and Manus Murphy, R.I.P.

Today we pray for the repose of the souls of the following:

aic Jennings, 27 Claremont Park and late of 27 Long Walk. His remains are reposing at Conneely's Funeral Home on Flood Street this Tuesday afternoon from 4 until 6, when they will be removed to St. Mary's Church, The Claddagh.Funeral Mass for Padraig on Wednesday at 11.

2. Manus Murphy,
the brother of Eileen Murphy, 185 Laurel Park.

'Christ will come again.'

17 January 2009

Don't forget! Christian Unity Week Service!

Annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 18th - 25th January
is hosted this year by the Church of Ireland Community of St. Nicholas’ Collegiate Church
and takes place TOMORROW
Members of the Roman Catholic Church, led by our bishop,
The Most Reverend Martin Drennan DD
will join members of other Christian communities in Galway
to pray for unity among all Christians.

All are most welcome to attend.
Refreshments will be served.

This year’s gathering affords to all Christians in Galway
a golden opportunity to express their good wishes and gratitude to
The Very Reverend Patrick Canon Towers
who is soon to retire from his ministry as Rector of St. Nicholas’ Church.
May he and his family be richly blessed
for their contribution to Christian life in our city.

Some thoughts for this Second Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Adapted from Preparing for Sunday, COPYRIGHT, by J.E Spicer, CSsr.
Think about times when your life seemed pointless, and how you turned things around.

This is a year of special prayer for vocations in the Irish Church. We all have a vocation, be that to priesthood or religious life, marriage, or the single life. We all want to be wanted. How do the readings this Sunday help you realise how much God wants you?

What do you think is God's overall plan for us and for our universe?

How does knowing you are important in God's eyes affect your daily life. What changes will you make as a result?

This is the begiining of Christian Unity Week. Think about what that means to you.

This Sunday is world day of prayer for migrants and refugees. Do you know a migrant worker or refugee you could feel more at home?

Mass Leaflet for Sunday, January 18th, Second Sunday in Ordinary Time. Why not click, zoom in, and ask The Lord to speak to you through his word?

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16 January 2009

Sympathies, Jackie Haddock, R.I.P.

Your prayers are asked today for the repose of the soul of John 'Jackie' Haddock, St. Jude's, 19 Avondale Road, Highfield Park. Jackie will be reposing at his home tomorrow, Saturday, January 17th. His remains will be removed from there on Sunday, after prayers at 11, arriving in time for 12:15 Mass. Burial will be afterwards in Mount St. Joseph Cemetery, Rahoon.

'To whom shall we go? You have the message of eternal life.'

Mass Intentions for the week ahead, January 18th.

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14 January 2009

Exciting events coming up in The Pastoral Centre.

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Don't forget, you can always access The Pastoral Centre Website by clicking the link in the sidebar menu of this page.

The Pastoral centre is in Newtownsmith, beside The Mercy Convent Secondary School. Buses 2, 5 and 7 all pass nearby.

12 January 2009

Back to Ordinary Time.

Now that the Christmas Season is over, we are back to Ordinary Time in the churches calendar. Green is the liturgical colour for this season. Let's ask God to help us find him in the ordinary bits and pieces of everyday.

10 January 2009

Reminder! First Communion Programme.

The next Mass in the First Communion, Do This In Memory Programme, is on Sunday next, January 18th, at 11. The meeting of the core group, to plan the same, is on Wednesday next, January 14th, at 7:30, in the church tea room. We'd love to have more parents involved in the core group, so ,if you're free, please come along.

Feast of The Lord's Baptism.

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This Feast of The Baptism of The Lord we remember the 72 who were baptised in our church in the last year, infants, older children, and adults. We give thanks for the hard work of our Baptism Team in preparing them, week in, week out. Special prayers will be said for you all at all Masses this Sunday.

Mass Leaflet for Sunday. Why not click, zoom in, and ask The Lord to speak to you through his word?

Mass Intentions for the week ahead, January 11th 2009.

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8 January 2009

A Message from Fr. Padraig in The Abbey.

We are having a special mass of thanks on Sunday 18th at 12.30 here at the
Abbey. The mass is for all the people who have helped us with donations or
by fundraising or organising events to help us put the new roof on our
church. We look forward to seeing everyone on the day.

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

Annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 18th - 25th January
is hosted this year by the Church of Ireland Community of St. Nicholas’ Collegiate Church
and takes place on
Members of the Roman Catholic Church, led by our bishop,
The Most Reverend Martin Drennan DD
will join members of other Christian communities in Galway
to pray for unity among all Christians.

All are most welcome to attend.
Refreshments will be served.

This year’s gathering affords to all Christians in Galway
a golden opportunity to express their good wishes and gratitude to
The Very Reverend Patrick Canon Towers
who is soon to retire from his ministry as Rector of St. Nicholas’ Church.
May he and his family be richly blessed
for their contribution to Christian life in our city.

Wedding Bells, Paddy and Tanya Maughan.

Heartiest congratulations, and every blessing, go to Paddy Maughan of Oranmore and Tanya Maughan of 22 Camillaun Park, who were married in our church today. The protection of God and long life and health to you both.

5 January 2009

All about January 6th.

Here in Éire this feast is traditionally known as Nollaig na mBan, or Women's Christmas. On this day the women are pampered after the hard work of making Christmas in the home so special, and the men do all the chores for the day, so, guys, sleeves up! In many parts of the country women meet up together for food, laughter and song.

Don't forget our Mass times for the feast: Monday, January 5th, Vigil Mass at 7:30, Tuesday, January 6th, 10, 11;30 and 6:30.

This day is also known as Twelfth Night, and, if you look at the pictures below, you'll see we have twelve candles lighting in the sanctuary for the twelve days of Christmas.

In many countries of the east, in the Orthodox tradition, and in some western countries like Spain, the 6th is the big day of celebration and gift giving, as opposed to Christmas Day.


The wise men followed a star for a long time; may we follow the dream Jesus has dreamt for us.
The wise men found Jesus and rejoiced; may we notice him in others and find joy in serving them.
The wise men heeded a dream and changed their plans and their route; may we see the signs of the times and have a change of heart.
The wise men gave precious to the baby Jesus; may we give all we have and all we are to him.

Feast of the Epiphany, Twelfth Night, Nollaig na mBan.

On the way! We left the wise men on the window ledge in the church facing the crib.

'We saw his star as it rose'.

The Shepherds.

Paying him homage.

Twelfth night, twelve candles.

Our Christmas Tree.

Amazingly, one solitary star rested over the church, Monday, January 5th!

3 January 2009

Sympathies, Molly Scally, R.I.P.

Your prayers are asked for the repose of the soul of Molly Scally, Pallas, Rahugh, Tyrrellspass, Co. Westmeath, whose Funeral Mass took place there on Thursday. She is the mother of Fintan Scally, 67 Camillaun Park, who is such a great help to us, and so involved in the church in a myriad of ways.

'There are many rooms in my fathers house'


Tuesday, January 6th, is the Feast of the Epiphany, and is a Holy Day of Obligation. Our Mass times are: Monday, January 5th, Vigil Mass at 7:30. Tuesday, January 6th, 10,11:30 and 6:30.

Second Sunday after Christmas.


The Gospel today invites us to reflect on Jesus as the Word of God. May we listen closely to him, and to the word as well as listen to it.

Word of God, you enlighten all people; help us to see the way we should go.
Word of God, through you all things were made; help us see your grace at work in our lives.
Word of God, you give us power to become the children of God; help us to be good to our brothers and sisters.
Word of God, you became flesh and lived among us; help us to work for and love those we live with.

2 January 2009

Months Mind Masses, Tony Moran and Damien Dalton, R.I.P.

The Months Mind Mass for Tony Moran, 75 Droim Chaoin, will be this evening, Friday, January 2nd, at 7:30, and for Damien Dalton, 115 Corrib Park and Droim Chaoin, tomorrow morning, Saturday, January 3rd, at 11.

Please continue to pray for and support their families at this dark time for them.

'Rising you restored our life'

Mass Intentions for the week ahead 4th January 2009

4th January 2009
Saturday 3rd January 7.30p.m.. Mary Tierney
Sunday 9.30 a.m.
4th January 11.00 a.m. Maureen Ward
12.15 p.m.
6.30 p.m
Monday 5th January 10.00 a.m Pat, John Joe Ward, Mary & Patrick
7.30 p.m. Vigil Mass
Tuesday 6th January 10.00 a.m. Michael & Bridget Conneely
Denis Hynes
11.30 a.m. Deceased members of the Doherty
6.30 p.m. Teresa A & Joseph Geoghegan
Wednesday 10.00 a.m. John & Biddie Ward and McDonagh
7th January and Ward families. ________________________________________________________________
Thursday 8th January 10.00 a.m. Special Intention

Friday 9th January 10.00 a.m. ______________________________________________________

Saturday 10th January 7.30p.m.. Frank Nally
Sunday 9.30 a.m. Deceased members of McKee
11th January family.
11.00 a.m. Michael Comber
12.15 p.m. Anne Lee Cleere
6.30 p.m Ellen Hynes

1 January 2009

Happy New Year!

Every good wish and blessing to you, and yours, for 2009 and always. Monsignor Malachy, Sister Catherine, and Father David are most grateful for all your thoughts, prayers, and support. You are indeed living stones of Christ's Kingdom!

Tommy Doran, R.I.P.

Your prayers are asked today for the repose of the soul of Tommy Doran of 9 Rockmount Road, Highfield Park, and formerly of Castlewellan, Co. Down. Reposing at his residence tomorrow, Thursday. Private removal on Friday to our church to arrive for Mass at 12 noon. Funeral afterwards to Rahoon Cemetery. Donations, if desired, to the Galway Hospice, Renmore.

'We put out the candle because the dawn has come.'