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St Columba’s Parish, Knock



God of goodness,
give me yourself for you are sufficient for me. Imaynotaskforanythinglessthanthatwhichbenefitsmyfullworshipof you. If I were to ask anything less, I should always be in want, for in you alone
I have all. (14th Century prayer of Julian of Norwich)


Holy Spirit, help me, weak as I am: I do not know how I ought to pray. See into my heart, and plead for me in ways that words cannot express (Based on Romans 8 v.26 & 27)


Father, not my will, but your will be done. (St. Luke 22 v.42)

Lord, teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.

Lighten, if it be your will, the pressures of this world’s cares. Reconcile me to your will, and give me a peace which the world cannot take away, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen



Lord, I praise you for the life that stirs within me
I praise you for the bright and beautiful world into which I go
I praise you for the work you have given me to do
I praise you for my friends, for good company and for the pleasures of life.


Eternal God, the light of the minds that know thee, the joy of the hearts that love thee, the strength of the wills that serve thee; grant us so to know thee that we may truly love thee, and so to love thee that we may freely serve thee, to the glory of your name. Amen. (Traditional 5th. Century Prayer)


Grant me to recognise in other people, Lord God, the radiance of your own face. Amen


Lord God, we ask you to bless those whom we love and those especially dear to us. May we live in such a way that we may never wilfully cause them anxiety or concern. Bless our friends and enable us to be faithful to them. Be with our loved ones in other places and areas of the world and grant that distance may never make us negligent or forgetful, until we and they meet again. Bind us together in love in your name. Amen



Lord Jesus Christ, who, by your presence brought joy to the wedding at Cana. Bless those in relationships and engaged to be married, that there may be truth at the beginning of their lives together, unselfishness all the way, and perseverance to the end. May their hopes be realised and their love for each other deepen and grow, that through them your name may be glorified. Amen


Almighty God, we thank you for the children and grandchildren whom we have been given. Grant us calm strength, patient wisdom and guidance to say and do what is helpful, that we may teach them to love whatever is just and good and true, following the example of our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen


O God, who brought us to birth and in whose arms we die: in our grief and shock sustain and comfort us, embrace us with your love, give us hope in our confusion and grace to let go into new life, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen


Lord God, in whom we, by faith, trust in every hour of need: comfort by your presence, all who are faced with fear and distress, resulting from earthquakes, tsunamis, floods, famine and Covid-19. We ask that we may be active in enabling assistance to be given to the distressed, and that emergencies at home and abroad may be turned into opportunities to strengthen the bonds of love and service that bind people and nations together, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen



Help us to accept the challenge of Covid-19: to protect the healthy as well as the vulnerable and to calm the fearful: to support those who are caring for the sick and frail. Enable us to offer our energies in liberating one another from fear of disease. We submit this prayer through the spirit of love’s concern for each and every person, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen


Accept my prayers, dear Father, for those who have no one to love them enough to pray for them. By your grace, may they, (and we) find that in loneliness they (we) are never alone, and that all of us discover that you are present in every place. Amen


God of love, whose compassion never fails: we bring before you the troubles and dangers of people and nations: the sighing of prisoners: the sorrows of the bereaved: the helplessness of the weak: the despondency of the weary: the failing powers of the aged. Lord, draw near to each, for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen


Lord God, we pray for all who, through no fault of their own have been deprived of the work that leads towards fulfilment and financial security. May they not grow despondent or come to regard themselves as failing their loved ones. Help them to see new opportunities. Inspire and guide those who have the responsibility of finding solutions to our current social and economic problems and help all of us to be more sensitive and supportive of those who are seeking to find a positive and hopeful way forward. We ask it in your name. Amen



Grant O God, that amidst all discouragements, difficulties and dangers, we may depend on your mercy, and on this build our hopes, as on a sure foundation. Let your love and mercy in Jesus Christ give us confidence and hope for the future. Amen.

May these prayers bring comfort to you and your loved ones and assist you in your daily devotions.
With prayerful best wishes,

The Revd Chancellor John R. Auchmuty

Tel: 02890 471514
Email: rectorknock@down.anglican.org



Bible Verses

The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you; the Lord turn His face towards you and give you peace.
(Numbers 6: 24-26)

Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise Him, my Saviour and my God.
(Psalm 42: 11)

In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength.
(Isaiah 30: 15)

Let not your hearts be troubled. You believe in God, believe also in me.
(John 14: 1)

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
(Philippians 4: 6-7)

...Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you...The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid.
(Hebrews 13: 5-6)

Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.
(1 Peter 5: 7)

Morning prayer

Heavenly Father, you have brought me safely to the beginning of another day, and I thank you for your tender loving care. Help me to face confidently ever ything that today brings; through my weakness bring your strength; through my anxieties your calm; through any distress your comfort and grace, and through my life your presence and your love. Amen.

Prayers for daytime

Dear Lord, thank you for the precious gift of life. I’m feeling a bit fragile and vulnerable at the moment. I may not understand your will at this time, but help me to trust you and know your loving presence and almighty strength through it all. I pray this through Jesus Christ your Son. Amen.

Lord Jesus, make me conscious now of your healing nearness. Touch my eyes that I may see you. Open my ears that I may hear your voice. Enter my heart that I may know your love. Enfold my whole being with your presence, that I may partake of your grace, strength and peace. Hear this my prayer. Amen.

Evening prayer

Lord God, help me to remember as I settle down for the night, that light and dark are the same to you. You are the One who never sleeps, and you will watch over me. When I feel alone, reassure me of your presence. When my thoughts trouble me and I become afraid, let me know your peace. In my weariness, refresh me in your love. Amen.

Prayer for going into hospital

Lord Jesus, stay close to me as I go into hospital. May I experience your presence and healing among the medical staff. Guard my heart from anxiety and strengthen me in the gift of faith, so that my hope rests solely on you. Through your grace, prepare me for the daily routine of the ward, and help me to be a symbol of your love to those around me. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Prayer before an operation

Loving Father, I put myself into your hands. Deliver me from fear of pain and the unknown. Guide the surgeon, the anaesthetist and the theatre staff by your spirit. Anoint them as servants of your healing power, and while I am unconscious may my deepest thoughts and feelings rest in you. May I sleep in peace and awake to praise your mercy and goodness. In the name of Jesus. Amen.

Prayer for those who are depressed

Loving Father, open your heart of compassion to me now, for I am down in spirit. Let your light shine into my darkness and help me to know that I am safe in your unchanging love and care. Enable me to trust in you, though I cannot see the way ahead at the moment, and give me courage, hope and peace in the knowledge of your love, for Jesus Christ’s sake. Amen.

Prayer for peace of mind

Almighty God, you know our anxieties and fears. Help me to cast all my cares on you, and to know that you love me. Give me peace of mind, and sure trust in you, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

St Patrick’s Breastplate

Christ be with me, Christ within me,
Christ behind me, Christ before me,
Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort and restore me,
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of all that love me,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger. Amen.

Prayer for family and friends

Heavenly Father, watch over those we love. Remove all anxious fears from them. Teach us to know that you are always near, and that we are one in you for ever; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prayer for use in time of trouble.

Grant us, O Lord our God, ever to find you in a very present help in trouble. When we are in the darkness of doubt or perplexity, shed your light upon our way. When we are burdened with the affairs of our daily life, lift us to the calm of thy presence. When we are battling with temptation and the flesh is weak, by the might of your Spirit make us strong to overcome. We ask these things through Him in whom we are more than conquerors, your Son Jesus Christ. Amen.

With every blessing and all good wishes from

The Revd Canon John R. Auchmuty

Tel: (028) 9047 1514

Website: www.coiknock.org

Parish Office: office@coiknock.org

Tel: (028) 9065 6891


Pages 137.

Cost £10. See www.thebookwell.co.uk/stcolumbas for more information. 


History of St. Columba’s Parish Church 1896-1996


Betty Rainsford

Updated 1996-2016


Gerald Hill

This splendid publication, with its attractively illustrated Cambridge blue cover and timed to coincide with the celebration of St. Columba’s 120th anniversary in June this year, offers readers a unique opportunity both to revisit the first one hundred years of the history of St. Columba’s Parish Church, admirably penned by Betty Rainsford - as well as enjoy a recent account of the past 20 years thanks to an excellent update compiled by Organist Emeritus, Gerald Hill - all in one book!

Betty Rainsford’s story opens with the consecration of St. Columba’s Church on 13th June 1896 and closes a century later, just as the parish prepares to celebrate its centenary year in 1996. Gerald Hill follows on and completes the former’s original chapter 10 with an account of those centenary celebrations, and adds two further chapters of contemporary history of his own. The reader is assisted by the skilfully interspersed use of a distinctive font to identify the narrative of events from 1996 to the present time, including updates of the original chapters on memorials, parish organisations and the names of past clergy and parish officers.

Delightfully embellished with colour photographs, Gerald Hill portrays the life of a busy and thriving parish. It is interesting to note that a mere seven incumbents and eleven organists have served St. Columba’s throughout the 120 years of its history thus far, a remarkable tribute to ecclesiastical stamina and liturgical harmony! He describes the significant improvements to the fabric of the building – new interior lighting, boilers and heating, speaker systems as well as replacement windows and blinds in the church hall; and most striking of all, the recent major renovation of the West end of the church to provide parishioners with welcome space and facilities for refreshments and fellowship after morning service.

Such improvements have, of course, required continuous fundraising, with generous contributions both from parish organisations and individual parishioners, as well as the running of successful events such as the Patronal Flower Festival in 2010 and, two years later, the Dinner and Auction of Talents in the Stormont Hotel. Nothing, however, has been allowed to eclipse St. Columba’s commitment to outreach far beyond the parish boundaries. As well as a major mission team of experienced and younger parishioners to Zambia in 2012, there have been individual and group visits since 1996 to Ethiopia, Southern Sudan, Kenya, Rwanda, Malawi, Uganda, Serbia and Thailand, including regular support for a multitude of charities nearer home.

The author also tells of a pleasing growth in Sunday School attendance and youth groups, including the Crèche, and enthusiastic participation by young people in the monthly All Age Worship service. No less than 22 organisations currently offer opportunities for parishioners and visitors to meet, share interests and hobbies, and make new friends.

This is a book of meticulous research, packed with a depth of detail expertly gathered, and will be of immense interest to parishioners, family members and friends alike, well beyond these shores. A reference book to keep always to hand, it is more than just a history of a church or a parish. It is a history of people – many named, but even more unnamed - as they have lived and worshipped together during times of peace, strife, war, poverty and prosperity in East Belfast since the end of the 19th century to the present day. Above all, it is a powerful testament to 120 years of determination, faith, steadfastness, compassion and foresight, qualities that today show little sign of diminishing.

Ian Noad

Copies of the book are available from St Columba’s Parish Church, The Parish Office (02890 656891 Mon – Fri 9.00am – 1.00pm) and The Bookwell ( Richard Ryan: 07581 143596). See www.thebookwell.co.uk/stcolumbas for more information.

John Auchmuty

Welcome to the home page of our parish website. We are a warm, friendly and inclusive church for all ages, situated on the Kings Road in East Belfast. St Columba’s is part of the Church of Ireland which is in turn part of the worldwide Anglican Communion with 70 million members in 164 countries.

Whether you are a parishioner keeping up to date or someone who is considering joining our parish I hope that these pages will provide you with helpful information on our schedule of services and activities.

I invite you to explore these pages to find out more about St. Columba’s. More importantly, why not join us for one of our church services or one of our activities and experience the warm welcome which is given to everyone, and the friendly atmosphere which exists throughout our parish. You will find us engaging with the living God through our worship and outreach to the community.

Thank you for visiting our website and I hope that you will return to it for all of our latest news and developments.

The Reverend Canon John R. Auchmuty



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