On 23rd November 2003, the Feast of Christ the King, at 2.30pm the sun shone and the church filled with parishioners of all ages. They gathered together to celebrate the rededication of the Church of the Holy Trinity after an extensive restoration programme.
The Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin Dr James Moriarty presides at the Mass of Rededication, assisted by Fr Edward Moore PP, Fr Eddie Kavanagh CC and visiting priests
The singing of the choir was wonderful. The music-making angels on the face of the chancel arch were painted for an occasion such as this. During the celebration of the Mass, the low winter sun shone brightly through the west window. Slowly it moved across the altar, lighting up the chancel area and reflecting back off the gold decoration and the beautifully-polished brasses. By the time of the Consecration, the sun’s rays shone directly on the alter, blessing the celebration, the concelebrants and the congregation. It seemed as though Heaven approved.
The Spirit of God
I was strongly reminded of the wonderful quote from Matthew’s Gospel celebrating the Holy Trinity.
“And behold the heavens were opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descend as a Dove, coming upon him. And behold a voice from the heavens, saying ‘This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased’.” (Mt.3:16-17).
It was a spiritually uplifting occasion. Rare and special. No one who was in Allen Church that day will ever forget it.