Monday, March 17, 2014

St. Patrick, pray for us.

I arise today 
Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity,
Through belief in the Threeness,
Through confession of the Oneness of the Creator of creation . . .
Read the rest of the prayer attributed to St. Patrick [and called "St. Patrick's Breastplate"] here.

Image credit (& interesting article)

With no time to write a longer post, I outsource the hymn, "Hail, Glorious St. Patrick," to the late Irish tenor, Frank Patterson.

And, yes, I am wearing green today. And I've advised my Protestant friends, as they value my friendship, not to wear orange. Being relatively peaceable and having read some history with me over the years, they kindly complied. No injuries.
From Ireland's troubled history comes this (and many another) reflection on religious and political freedom:

You may take a shamrock from your hat and cast it on the sod,
It will take root and flourish there though underfoot it's trod.
When law can stop the blades of grass from growin' as they grow,
And when the leaves in summer-time their verdure dare not show,
Then will I change the colour, too, I wear in my caubeen
But 'till that day, please God, I'll stick to wearin' o' the Green.

Happy St. Patrick's Day.

1 comment:

  1. Happy St Patrick's Day, TMR! I am glad that you did not injure any Protestants.
    Enjoyed the prayer and poem. I am not very Irish myself but enjoy Irish Catholicism and history.

    I didn't see a link to the music of the hymn you mentioned, sung by Frank Patterson

    There is also this overly orchestrated but well-sung hymn; "Be Thou My Vision"