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Wednesday 24 January 2018

Let's all pray for end of rain, urges bishop

THE apocalyptic Irish summer weather has prompted a bishop to call on his flock to pray for an end to the incessant rain.

Ferns Bishop Denis Brennan made the plea this week, the day after the cancellation of the county's biggest agricultural show.

The Bannow Rathangan Show in Duncormick, Co Wexford, was called off due to the severely waterlogged surface.

Afterwards, Bishop Brennan said that prayers would be offered in parishes across the county this weekend, and this call to prayer to try and end our wet summer was reproduced in newsletters and parish websites.

Bishop Brennan said he was prompted to make the call having met a local farmer.

The farmer -- who said the continuing poor weather was having an adverse effect on farming -- asked Bishop Brennan to "say one for me, we all need a prayer sometimes".

"Our real thoughts and prayers are with the farming community at this time. I am very conscious of the vital role it plays in our society and our economy.

"This persistently poor weather is a real threat to crops and livelihoods," Bishop Brennan said.

He published a prayer for people to say, which includes the words "may the harvest be saved".

Irish Independent

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