Maewyn Succat

Maewyn Succat
St. Patrick

Buon giorno di San Patrizio!
Lá Shona Fhéile Pádraig!
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
Glücklicher St Patrick Tag!
Wesołego dnia Świętego Patryka!
გილოცავთ წმინდა პატრიკ დღე!

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.

Let us Pray.

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.

Today is St. Patrick’s Feast Day.  Maewyn Succat was born in 385 AD and died on March 17th, 461AD, he is buried in Down Cathedral in Downpatrick Ireland.

Saint Patrick was Italian by heritage. His parents, Calphurnius and Conchessa, were Roman (Italian) citizens living in Britain, most likely Scotland. Calpurnius, Patrick’s father, was a high ROMAN diplomat living in England, but a Roman citizen. His area was captured at one point by the Irish and he was forced into slavery. At 21 years old, he escaped slavery. He made it back to Rome to find that most of the Roman empire had been lost. After some time, he felt that God was calling him back to Ireland. He spent 10 years in France studying religion when the Pope (Celestine) made him a Bishop. He later became known as the patron saint of Ireland. Saint Patrick’s Day is celebrated every March 17.

He is not only the patron saint of Ireland but also many other countries as well as the patron saint of:

  • fear of snakes
  • ophidiophobia
  • against snake bites
  • barbers
  • barrel makers
  • blacksmiths
  • cattle
  • coopers
  • engineers
  • excluded people
  • hairdressers
  • miners

Please remember we are still in the Holy Season of Lent and there is no dispensation given for eating meat today.  Have your corn beef tomorrow, there are many good St. Patrick’s Day fish recipes for today.

I offer you an old Irish blessing.  May ye be in heaven a half hour before the devil knows ye are dead!  Happy St. Patrick’s Day.

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