Candle of Atonement

The Cathedral in Mullingar arranged a liturgy, at the request of Bishop Deenihan, to take part in the national day of prayers for survivors of and victims of abuse.

The Mass on Friday 15 February included a ritual lighting of the Candle of Atonement. Taking part in the ceremony were Mullingar parish safeguarding representatives Maeve Corroon and Linda Duncan; diocesan safeguarding trainers David Gavin and Antoinette Shaw, as well as Garda Tony Fagan.

The candle represents atonement for all the pain caused to survivors and deceased victims of abuse, many of whom have been unable to access the justice and compassion they needed.  It also represents the Church's willingness to be truthful about every incident of abuse brought to its attention. The candle represents the healing we wish for all who have been wounded.  It speaks of our parishioners whose faith has been sorely tested. It also signifies the priests and religious in our midst who themselves struggle with all the recent revelations, and in many cases are wrongly criticised for the sins of others.”

The candle will be lighted at all Masses in the Cathedral during the weekend.

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