17th March Saint Patrick

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Saint Patrick was early trained in Christian virtue in the bosom of a wealthy family in Britain. In his youth he was captured by pirates and sold into slavery in Ireland, where he suffered, by turns, hunger, cold, and ill-treatment. He endured all with heroic courage and gave himself up to the exercise of fervent prayer. Having regained his liberty, he hastened to a monastery in France, where he sedulously qualified himself for his future apostolate. When fully prepared he made his way to Rome, and besought the Holy Father to send him as missionary to Ireland. The Pope gladly consented, consecrated him bishop, and sent him forth with other evangelical laborers to the land of his bondage. For thirty years Saint Patrick laboured in his beloved mission, and, with incredible toil, zeal, and devotion, converted almost the whole of Ireland to the Christian faith. The great apostle expired joyfully about the year 364.

The Prayer of St. Patrick

I arise today
Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity,
Through a belief in the Threeness,
Through confession of the Oneness
Of the Creator of creation.
I arise today
Through the strength of Christ’s birth and His baptism,
Through the strength of His crucifixion and His burial,
Through the strength of His resurrection and His ascension,
Through the strength of His descent for the judgment of doom.
I arise today
Through the strength of the love of cherubim,
In obedience of angels,
In service of archangels,
In the hope of resurrection to meet with reward,
In the prayers of patriarchs,
In preachings of the apostles,
In faiths of confessors,
In innocence of virgins,
In deeds of righteous men.
I arise today
Through the strength of heaven;
Light of the sun,
Splendor of fire,
Speed of lightning,
Swiftness of the wind,
Depth of the sea,
Stability of the earth,
Firmness of the rock.
I arise today
Through God’s strength to pilot me;
God’s might to uphold me,
God’s wisdom to guide me,
God’s eye to look before me,
God’s ear to hear me,
God’s word to speak for me,
God’s hand to guard me,
God’s way to lie before me,
God’s shield to protect me,
God’s hosts to save me
From snares of the devil,
From temptations of vices,
From everyone who desires me ill,
Afar and anear,
Alone or in a multitude.
I summon today all these powers between me and evil,
Against every cruel merciless power that opposes my body and soul,
Against incantations of false prophets,
Against black laws of pagandom,
Against false laws of heretics,
Against craft of idolatry,
Against spells of women and smiths and wizards,
Against every knowledge that corrupts man’s body and soul.
Christ shield me today
Against poison, against burning,
Against drowning, against wounding,
So that reward may come to me in abundance.
Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me,
Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down,
Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of every man who speaks of me,
Christ in the eye that sees me,
Christ in the ear that hears me.

I arise today
Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity,
Through a belief in the Threeness,
Through a confession of the Oneness
Of the Creator of creation.

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 me 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 or stranger.

St. Patrick’s Prayer

May the Strength of God pilot us.
May the Power of God preserve us.
May the Wisdom of God instruct us.
May the Hand of God protect us.
May the Way of God direct us.
May the Shield of God defend us.
May the Host of God guard us
Against the snares of the evil ones,
Against temptations of the world.
May Christ be with us!
May Christ be before us!
May Christ be in us,
Christ be over all!
May Thy Salvation, Lord,
Always be ours,

This day, O Lord, and evermore.

Amen.

Prayer to St. Patrick, Patron Saint of Ireland

Dear St. Patrick,
in your humility, you called yourself a sinner,
but you became a most successful missionary
and prompted countless pagans
to follow the Savior.
Many of their descendants in turn
spread the Good News in numerous foreign lands.
Through your powerful intercession with God,
obtain the missionaries we need
to continue the work you began.
Amen.

Hail, Glorious St. Patrick

Hail, glorious St. Patrick!
we, honor your name,
Tho’ Erin may claim you,
the world knows your fame.
The faith of our fathers is our
treasure too,
How holy the thought,
that they learned it from you.
Thru crosses and trials its fires
burn bright,
They show us the way,
and the truth, and the light,
Great Saint!
Intercede, that we always may be
devoted and loyal,
true children of yours.
Our love and devotion
be ever like yours,
Our thought be of Jesus,
our heart be His shrine.
And when to the end of life’s path
we have trod,
Be near us great Bishop,
Anointed of God.

Amen.

An Irish Blessing

May the road
rise to meet
you, May the
wind be always at
your back, May the
sun shine warm upon
your face, the rains
fall soft upon your
fields and, until we
meet again may
God hold you in the
palm of his hand.

Amen

Prayer to Saint Patrick

O great Apostle of Ireland, glorious
St. Patrick, to whom under God, so
many are indebted for the most
precious of all treasures, the great gift
of Faith, receive our fervent thanks
for the zeal and charity which have
been to thousands the source of
blessings so invaluable. Ask for all
who dwell in this land and the land of
thy labors, the precious light of Faith,
and beg for us on whom its glorious
rays have long since beamed, the grace
to regulate our lives by its sacred maxims.
Amen.

An Old Irish Blessing for St. Patrick’s Day

May your days be many and your troubles be few.
May all God’s blessings descend upon you.
May peace be within you, may your heart be strong.
May you find what you’re seeking wherever you roam.
May the strength of God pilot us, may the wisdom of God instruct us.
May the hand of God protect us, may the word of God direct us.
May thy Salvation, O Lord, be always ours this day and for evermore.

Amen.

COLLECT PRAYER

O God, who chose the Bishop Saint Patrick to preach your glory to the peoples of Ireland, grant, through his merits and intercession, that those who glory in the name of Christian may never cease to proclaim your wondrous deeds to all. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, forever and ever.

Amen.

Novena to St. Patrick

Glorious St. Patrick, you are honored as one of the greatest evangelizers, and true defenders of our faith. Please obtain for me the same zeal for Christ that enabled you to bring the light of the true faith to all of Ireland. Intercede for me and place my special intentions before Christ, especially: (State your intentions here.) May my petition receive a favorable response if it be for the greater honor and glory of God and my own soul.

Day 1

St. Patrick, you devoted your life to spreading the good news of salvation in lands where people were initially hostile to the faith. Pray for me that I may experience true conversion in words, thoughts, and deeds. Our Father… Hail Mary… Glory Be… St. Patrick, Evangelist and Patron of Ireland, Pray for us! Amen. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

Day 2

Daily Prayers St. Patrick, in your darkest hours you found comfort in the arms of our Heavenly Father through constant prayer. Obtain for me the grace to be blessed with limitless faith in the face of hardships that I experience in life. Our Father… Hail Mary… Glory Be… St. Patrick, Evangelist and Patron of Ireland, Pray for us! Amen. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Day 3

St. Patrick you learned perseverance in the face of trials. Obtain for me the ability to see trials as worthy sacrifices I must make in the quest to share eternity with our Divine Creator. Through your prayers may I be blessed with joyful perseverance in the face of adversity. Our Father… Hail Mary… Glory Be… St. Patrick, Evangelist and Patron of Ireland, Pray for us! Amen. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Day 4

St. Patrick , you have escaped the life of a slave to men, yet you willingly became a servant to our Heavenly Father. Pray that I learn to appreciate the value of unconditional love for and

service to my neighbors for the glory of God. Our Father… Hail Mary… Glory Be… St. Patrick, Evangelist and Patron of Ireland, Pray for us! Amen. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Day 5

St. Patrick, you learned how to herd sheep and gained a closer relationship with the Good Shepherd during your captivity. Through your powerful intercession may I be counted among the sheep in the fold of the Good Shepherd. Our Father… Hail Mary… Glory Be… St. Patrick, Evangelist and Patron of Ireland, Pray for us! Amen. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Day 6

St. Patrick, your faith and character were forged in hardships you suffered while a captive. Obtain for me the ability to correct my imperfections so I may be able to offer everything that I am and everything that I do in the service of our Lord Jesus Christ. Our Father… Hail Mary… Glory Be… St. Patrick, Evangelist and Patron of Ireland, Pray for us! Amen. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Day 7

St. Patrick, there were times when all that stood between you and disaster was your complete trust in God’s mercy. Obtain for me a strong faith so my efforts to endear myself to our Heavenly Father may never falter. Our Father… Hail Mary… Glory Be… St. Patrick, Evangelist and Patron of Ireland, Pray for us! Amen. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Day 8

St. Patrick, your efforts to win souls for Christ succeeded through the guidance and protection of our Heavenly Father. Pray that I may always be guided by the Holy Spirit and that everything I do will be pleasing to God. Our Father… Hail Mary… Glory Be… St. Patrick, Evangelist and Patron of Ireland, Pray for us! Amen. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Day 9

St. Patrick, through your faith and hard work you have succeeded in spreading Christianity in a pagan land. Obtain for me the grace to joyfully take up my own responsibility to evangelize in the name of Jesus Christ and the holy Catholic Church. Our Father… Hail Mary… Glory Be… St. Patrick, Evangelist and Patron of Ireland, Pray for us! Amen. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

 

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