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St. Patrick, patron saint of Ireland, was born in
Roman Britain. When he was about 16 years old,
Irish raiders captured him and took him as a slave
to Ireland. For six years he endured hardships as a
slave, but also learned the local language and Irish
ways. He escaped and returned home to his family,
but after he entered the Church, he felt called back
to the land of his captivity. He returned to Ireland
and was responsible for converting the pagan country
to Christianity. St. Patrick may have lived from 373-
493, but historians are uncertain of the exact dates.
PRAYER FOR THE FAITHFUL
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 over all!
May Thy Grace, Lord,
Always be ours,
This day, O Lord, and forevermore.
St. Patrick (5th century)
The following is a portion of the prayer known as
ST. PATRICK'S BREASTPLATE
It is found in the ancient Book of Armagh, dated from the
early ninth century. It is said that the saint wrote the prayer
to strengthen himself in preparation of confronting and
high king of Ireland.
translation was written in 1889 by Cecil Frances Alesander,
a woman, at the request of the Dean of the Chapel Royal at
Dublin Castle. It is in a lilting, metrical form, designed for
the church's hymnal.
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 heart of all that love me,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.
I bind unto myself the Name,
The Strong Name of the Trinity,
By invocation of the same,
The Three in One and One in Three.
By whom all nature hath creation,
Eternal Father, Spirit, Word:
Praise to the Lord of my salvation,
Salvation is of Christ the Lord.
St. Patrick used the shamrock to illustrate the concept
Holy Trinity to pagan Ireland.
PRAYER TO A GUARDIAN ANGEL
(Ancient Celtic Prayer)
Thou angel of God who has charge
From the dear Father of mercifulness,
The shepherding kind of the fold of the saints
To make round about me this night;
Drive from me every temptation and unrighteousness,
And in the narrows, crooks and straits,
Keep thou my coracle, keep it always.
Be thou a bright flame before me,
Be thou a guiding star above me,
Be thou a smooth path below me,
And be a kindly shepherd behind me,
Today, tonight, and for ever.
I am tired and I a stranger,
Lead thou me to the land of angel's;
For me it is time to go home
To the court of Christ, to the peace of heaven.
Ancient Celtic prayer collected by Alexander Carmichael,
(1832-1912), published in "Carmina Gadelica"
Floris Books, 1992).
The Milesians invaded Ireland in about 1530 BC,
the Tuatha de Danaan who controlled the island
These Spanish Druids (of the learned class of Celts)
were polytheists who
and venerated natural elements,
mistletoe and holly, interestingly. Perhaps the most
involved in the
invasion of Ireland was Amergin. As
set foot on
Irish soil, flushed with victory, these were his words:
I am the wind on the sea
I am the wave of the sea
I am the bull of seven battles
I am the eagle on the rock
I am a flash from the sun
I am the most beautiful of plants
I am a strong wild boar
I am a salmon in the water
I am a lake on the plain
I am the word of knowledge
I am the head of the spear in battle
I am the God that puts fire in the head
Who spreads light in the gathering on the hills?
Who can tell the ages of the moon?
Who can tell the place where the sun rests?
Wherever there is happiness
Hope you'll be there too,
Wherever there are friendly smiles
Hope they'll smile on you,
Whenever there is sunshine,
Hope it shines especially for you to make each day
for you as bright as it can be.
May the raindrops fall lightly on your brow.
May the soft winds freshen your spirit.
May the sunshine brighten your heart
May the burdens of the day rest lightly upon you.
And may God enfold you in the mantle of His love.
May the good saints protect you,
And bless you today.
And may troubles ignore you,
Each step of the way.
May God grant you always...
A sunbeam to warm you,
A moonbeam to charm you,
A sheltering angel, so nothing can harm you
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.
And now the Last Word:
Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig oraibh!
(St. Patrick's Day blessing upon you!)
This is one race of people for whom
psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever.
Sigmund Freud, on the Irish
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