In a rare and poignant moment for the Irish Catholic Church, a hymn from a famous Irish Catholic song has been played at St. Patrick’s Church in Dublin.
The Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Ireland has announced the song Blessed Isolution will be performed on the feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary in March.
It will be sung by Father Brian Glynne, a popular Irish Catholic poet and songwriter who was a leading figure in the Irish folk movement that influenced the likes of The Rolling Stones, The Beatles and The Who.
“Blessed Isolation, written by Brian Gynne and recorded in 1936, is a hymns sung by the Irish clergy to the Blessed Blessed Virgin,” the Bishops Conference said in a statement.
“This is the first time this song has ever been sung at a mass.
The music will be composed by the Sisters of Mercy of St Patrick Cathedral, which has also recorded the original recording.””
Briefly described as a spiritual ode to the blessed Virgin Mary, the hymn is a testament to the resilience and resilience of Irish people who endure the terrible effects of the plague, the Irish pandemic and the economic depression,” the statement said.”
A song of Irish devotion and spirituality, Blessed Isolated has always been a sacred, personal song that speaks to the suffering and hardship of the Irish people, to the loss of a loved one, and to the joy of being able to witness the Holy Spirit working in our lives.”
Blessing Isolation will be the first Irish Catholic hymn performed in a Mass on a Sunday since 1872.
The Bishops conference said the song was chosen by the choir at St Patricks because it is a reflection of the spirit of the parish.
“The song was composed by Brian, the choir of the St Paticks Church and is the music of a parish choir,” the bishops said.
The song has a rich spiritual and spiritual-spiritual history, having been recorded in Ireland at the age of 15, when it was composed as a personal song for Father Brian.
“It was written at a time when Irish Catholics were facing the great crisis that the Irish plague had brought on,” said Father Brian, who is also the organist and organist of the choir.
“At that time, Irish Catholics felt they were facing a loss of their lives and in the midst of this crisis, they were also experiencing some spiritual and personal loss of faith, of a sense of belonging and belonginglessness.”
And this was what we felt.
We felt that if we were not to be part of the solution to the crisis, then we were losing our spiritual, spiritual-healing life and we would be in this spiritual void.
“I think that is what this song expresses, that if the Irish Catholics don’t want to accept the crisis and not believe that the cure can come from God, that they are going to lose everything.”
We need a faith and a hope that we can come together to solve this crisis.
“The BPs’ decision to include the song in the liturgy is another sign that the Church is coming to terms with its economic crisis and is beginning to accept its role as a bridge between the people of Ireland and the wider world.”
That is what we have seen over the last few years, and we are seeing that in the parishes,” said Mr Coyle.”
You have this sense of a spiritual rebirth that is happening in the churches in Ireland.
“The singing of Blessed Isolved, while it may be a little out of place in the Church of Ireland, is the song of the faith.”
Bishop Coyle said the choir has performed the song several times before, including a previous performance on March 1.
“When I was doing my Mass I wanted to sing this song, because I felt it was something that was very important to us and something that people needed to hear,” he said.
“And it is also a good song for young people, and I think it is something that many people will enjoy.”