Saturday, March 17, 2007

St. Patrick

Kidnapped from the British mainland around age 16, and shipped to Ireland as a slave. Sent to the mountains as a shepherd, he spent his time in prayer. After six years of this life, he received had a dream in which he was commanded to return to Britain; seeing it as a sign, he escaped. He studied in several monasteries in Europe. Priest. Bishop. Sent by Pope Saint Celestine to evangelize England, then Ireland, during which his chariot driver was Saint Odran, and Saint Jarlath was one of his spiritual students. In 33 years he effectively converted the Ireland. In the Middle Ages Ireland became known as the Land of Saints, and during the Dark Ages its monasteries were the great repositories of learning in Europe, all a consequence of Patrick's ministry.

archdiocese of Adelaide, Australia against ophidiophobia; against snakes; archdiocese of Armagh, Ireland; diocese of Auckland, New Zealand; diocese of Ballarat, Australia; archdiocese of Boston, Massachusetts; diocese of Burlington, Vermont; archdiocese of Cape Town, South Africa; diocese of Dromore, Ireland; engineers; diocese of Erie, Pennsylvania; excluded people; fear of snakes; diocese of Fort Worth, Texas; diocese of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Ireland; diocese of Kilmore, Ireland; Loiza, Puerto Rico; archdiocese of Melbourne, Australia; diocese of Mymensingh, Bangladesh; archdiocese of New York; Nigeria; diocese of Norwich, Connecticut; ophidiophobics; diocese of Poona, India; diocese of Port Elizabeth, South Africa; diocese of Portland, Maine; diocese of Sacramento, California; snake bites

Prayer for the Faithful by Saint Patrick

May the Strength of God guide 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 Angels of God guard us.
- Against the snares of the evil one.

May Christ be with us!
May Christ be before us!
May Christ be in us,
Christ be over all!

May Thy Grace, Lord,
Always be ours,
This day, O Lord, and forevermore. Amen.

Saint Patrick Prayer

God our Father, you sent Saint Patrick to preach your glory to the people of Ireland. By the help of his prayers, may all Christians proclaim your love to all men. Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Prayer for God's Protection and Christ's Presence

As I arise today, may the strength of God pilot me, the power of God uphold me, the wisdom of God guide me. May the eye of God look before me, the ear of God hear me, the word of God speak for me. May the hand of God protect me, the way of God lie before me, the shield of God defend me, the host of God save me. May Christ shield me today...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, Christ when I stand, Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me, Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me, Christ in every eye that sees me, Christ in every ear that hears me. Amen.

- Saint Patrick of Ireland, Bishop and Missionary


MonkeyGirl said...

It's nice to find a fellow Catholic out here in cyberspace!

I have heard a few rumblings about the Pope's new decree on daily masses and masses in Latin. Curious as to your thoughts on this?

Fr Sean Coyle said...

Jennifer, I posted a response to your comment on the blog of Mrs Jackie Parkes in England, 'Catholic mom of 10' I hope you and your family had a wonderful St Patrick's Day.

God's blessings from the Philippines.

Fr Sean Coyle