Saturday 25th August saw the long awaited annual Papa Stronsay bonfire and BBQ. It had been planned for earlier in the year, but due to bad weather it had to be postponed. Thanks be to God, the weather turned out fine on the evening of the 25th! We were glad to welcome a good number of the Stronsay community to Papa Stronsay for the occasion.
Br. Seelos celebrated his 21st birthday on the 22nd August. Therefore he was given the honour of lighting the fire.
Blessing the fire:
Domine Deus, Pater omnipotens, lumen indeficiens, qui es conditur omnium luminum: novum humc ignem sanctifica, et praesta; ut ad te, qui es lumen indeficiens, puris mentibus, post hujus saeculi caliginem, pervenire valeamus. Per Christum Dominum Nostrum. Amen.
Lord God, Almighty Father, Maker of all light, and the light that never fails; hallow this new fire, and grant that after the darkness of this world we may come with pure hearts to Thee, our perpetual light; through Christ our Lord.
O my Jesus, forgive us our sins and save us from the fires of hell; lead all souls to heaven, especially those in most need of Thy mercy!