Happy St. Patrick’s Day, or as the Irish would have it, Lá Fhéile Pádraig!

While most of us will enjoy the day, remembering the good Bishop and his work in spreading Christianity, particularly amongst the people of the Emerald Isle, Roman Catholics in Ireland will observe it as a Holy Day of Obligation.  St. Patrick is the Patron Saint of Ireland and his feast day is observed with great devotion.

For Catholics in America who are privileged enough to live in a community with a Catholic Church named for our dear saint, it’s possible to gain a plenary indulgence by attending Mass at that Church.  All the usual requirements stand, and what better way to honor St. Patrick’s memory than by attending the Mass.  We missed a lovely opportunity last night, due to sickness and poor timing.  Today promises to be a better day, and we have a few ideas for celebrating with our family:

This morning we’ll pray, using The Lorica of St. Patrick:

Lorica of Saint 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 every one 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 (ca. 377)

On to breakfast:  we’ll have “egg’s in a nest” in memory of St. Kevin, another great Irish saint, and patron of our dear priest.  Sir Galahad has pulled a terrific recipe for Soda Bread, out of an Irish cookbook…he’s becoming quite the chef!

This afternoon promises to be exquisite and mom’s feeling a wee bit better, so we’re heading to the creek for ta search out a bit o’ green!  A picnic lunch, with Oreos dipped in white chocolate (dyed green, of course, with a dash of peppermint oil!).  Dinner tonight?  Jessica’s Irish Beef and Guinness Stew looks delicious…I’m getting ready to fire up the crockpot, right now!

My prayers for you, dear friends, on this fine spring-like morning…

Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig oraibh!

St. Patrick’s Day Blessing Upon You!