The recently ordained Bishop of Killaloe, Fintan Monahan, has urged all road users to take extra care this October bank holiday weekend.
Bishop Monahan has also invited parishes in the Diocese of
Killaloe to pray for safety on our roads.
Bishop Fintan Monahan said, “I am aware that many county councils and
civic groups, especially the Road Safety Authority, work very hard to
promote safety on the roads. But in truth we all share this
responsibility to protect human life on our roads. Road safety
awareness is the parable of the Good Samaritan in action within our
communities today. I am thinking here of all road users: motorists,
motorcyclists, cyclists and pedestrians, and we all have a role in
helping each other even if we do not know one another personally.
“Up to this morning, 159 people have died already on our roads this
year, and this figure is up from 127 deaths this time last year. This
loss of human life is heart-breaking for the loved ones of the deceased
and a tragedy for our society as a whole.”
Bishop Monahan continued, “Before 6.30pm Mass this Saturday, at the
Cathedral of Saints Peter & Paul in Ennis, I shall take part in a
‘Blessing of the Roads’ ceremony. I am also inviting parishes across
the diocese to pray for those who have lost their lives in tragic
circumstances, and also to pray for the safety of our road users.
“I firmly believe that prayer and reflection can change our driving
behaviour, calm our aggression, remind us of the spiritual, moral and
physical importance of what we are about to do. In this context I
recommend the following dedicated prayers for motorists which can be
said before driving.”
17th century paidir as Gaeilge
In ainm an Athair le bua,
In ainm an Mhic a d’fhulaing an phian,
In ainm an Spiorad Naoimh le neart,
Muire is a Mac linn inár dtriall. Áiméan!
A contemporary prayer in the English language
Holy Mother, hear our prayer,
Keep us in your loving care,
Whatever the perils of the way,
Let us not add to them this day.
So to our caution and attention,
We add a prayer for your protection,
To beg God’s blessing on this car,
To travel safely near and far.