PRAYER TO THE SACRED HEART FOR IRELAND
O most Sacred and most Loving Heart of Jesus! to which the Irish nation is most solemnly dedicated, preserve our nation in faith, in purity, and in charity. Through all its trials, its sorrows, its persecutions in the past, it remained faithful to the teaching of its great Apostle, St Patrick. May the former glory of its apostolic faith again appear.
May it become again the seat of learning and religion. May the rising generation see its rights restored. May the zeal of its holy priesthood increase. May the purity of its daughters preserve its stainless character. May the honour of its sons remain unsullied. May the evil of intemperance cease. May the spirit of infidelity and rationalism never reach its shores. May its attachment to the See of Peter, and its obedience to ecclesiastical superiors, never suffer diminution. May sanctity be its atmosphere and may it daily render greater glory and honour to thee, Most Sacred Heart, to which every Irish heart is, and will ever be, most devotedly attached. Amen.
– From: St Anthony’s Treasury, 1916