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O blessed St Patrick, glorious Apostle of Ireland, who didst become a friend and father to me for ages before my birth, hear my prayer, and accept the sentiments of gratitude and veneration with which my heart is filled. Through thee I have inherited that faith which is dearer than life. I now make thee the representative of my thanks, and the mediator of my homage to Almighty God. Most holy father and patron of my country, despise not my weakness; remember that the cries of little children were the sounds that rose, like a mysterious voice from heaven, and invited thee to come amongst us.

Listen, then, to my humble supplication: may my prayer ascend to the Throne of God, with the praises and blessings which shall ever sanctify thy name and thy memory in the Irish Church. May my hope be animated by the patronage and intercession of our forefathers, who now enjoy eternal bliss and owe their salvation, under God, to thy courage and charity. Obtain for me grace to love God with my whole heart, to serve Him with my whole strength, and to persevere in good purpose to the end.

O faithful shepherd of the Irish flock, who wouldst have laid down a thousand lives to save one soul, take my soul, and the souls of my countrymen, under thy special care. Be a father to the Church of Ireland and her faithful people. Grant that all hearts may share the blessed fruits of that Gospel thou hast planted and watered. Grant that, as our ancestors of old had learned, under thy guidance, to unite science with virtue, we, too, may learn, under thy patronage, to consecrate all Christian duty to the glory of God. I commend to thee my native land, which was so dear to thee while on earth. Protect it still, and, above all, direct its chief Pastors, particularly those who teach us. Give them grace to walk in thy footsteps, to nurture the flock with the Word of Life and the Bread of Salvation, and to lead the heirs of the Saints thou hast formed to the possession of that glory which they, with thee, enjoy in the kingdom of the Blessed. Through Christ Jesus, our Lord. Amen.

– St Anthony’s Treasury, Laverty & Sons, Leeds, 1916


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Tutor of the Saints of Ireland, Patron of the Diocese of Meath (Feast: December 12th)

O great St Finian! sainted teacher of the Saints of Ireland! bless our Irish Bishops, Priests, Religious and faithful, so that, illumined by faith, and beaming with charity, in the future, as in the past, they may continue to follow in thy footsteps, imitate thy virtues, and so come to share in thy eternal recompense with all the Saints of holy Ireland. Amen.

– St Anthony’s Treasury, Laverty & Sons, Leeds, 1916

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O God of charity without limit, and of mercy without measure, it was thy love that induced thee to come to me. I give thee my body as a temple, my will as sacrifice, my heart as an altar, my soul as a pyx.

O Lord, merciful Redeemer of heaven, O noble, lowly Infant, keep me in thy peace. Give me a dwelling in thy heart. Dissolve me in the fragrance of thy charity, strengthen me with thy love, receive me through thy death. O Lord, make me entirely pleasing to thee through the fruits of thy Sacred Heart. Amen.

Blessed be the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament!

[300 days’ Indulgence, each time – Pius X, 12th June, 1905.]

– St Anthony’s Treasury, Laverty & Sons, Leeds, 1916


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To implore their protection in all our wants, but particularly for the existing necessities of the Irish Church.

Lord, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

Christ, hear us.

Christ, graciously hear us.

God, the Father of Heaven, have mercy on us.

God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us.

God the Holy Ghost, Sanctifier of the Elect, have mercy on us.

Holy Trinity, one God, have mercy on us.

Holy Mary, Queen of Ireland, pray for us. [“Pray for us” is to be added after each of the following invocations.]

Holy Angels Guardian of Ireland,

Glorious St Patrick, Apostle of Ireland,

St Brigid, Mother of the Churches of Ireland,

St Columba, Saint of the Eucharist,

St Odran, faithful servant of St Patrick,

St Benignus, beloved disciple of St Patrick,

St Laurence O’Toole, assiduous client of Our Lady,

St Kevin, patron of the Archdiocese of Dublin,

St Livinus,

St Rumold,

St Malachy,

St Otteran,

St Carthage,

St Declan,

St Columban,

St Albertus,

St Finbarr,

St Virgilius,

St Frigidianus,

St Kilian,

St Cataldus,

St Flannan,

St Brendan,

St Donatus,

St Eugene,

St Fiacre,

St Fursey,

St Rupert,

St Onchu,

St Caimin,

St Gerald,

St Finian,

St Fechin,

St Marianus,

St Dympna,

St Fedelmia,

St Maura,

St Peregrinus,

St Ibar,

St Ninidh,

St Comulbanus,

St Gelasius,

St Colman,

St Gall,

St Canice,

St Kieran,

St Jarlath,

St Comgall,

St Macartin,

St Enda,

St Fintan,

St Aidan,

St Loman,

St Lupita,

St Fannie,

St Ita,

St Attracta,

St Gobnaita,

St Hya,

St Ethnea,

St Sodelbia,

St Blath,

St Syro,

St Mella,

St Darerca,

St Crea, pray for us.

All ye holy Saints of the Irish Nation, make intercession for us.

That thou, O Lord, wouldst vouchsafe to preserve among us, pure and inviolate, the faith “once delivered” by St Patrick,

That thou wouldst vouchsafe to grant unanimity of sentiment and opinion to our Prelates and Pastors,

That thou wouldst vouchsafe to increase among us the fervour of the just, and convert the sinners,

That thou wouldst vouchsafe to alleviate our sufferings, and grant us patience in our trials,

That thou wouldst vouchsafe to bless and protect the children of St Patrick, in life and death,

That thou wouldst vouchsafe to conduct them in triumph to thy heavenly Kingdom.


Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, spare us, O Lord.

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, graciously hear us, O Lord.

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.



O Lord God of infinite goodness and mercy, Who with the faith didst plant amongst us the true spirit of St Patrick, and propagate it abundantly for ages, we humbly beseech that being “the children of the Saints,” we may never degenerate from their noble sentiments and holy example; but through their powerful intercession, may ever walk worthily in the vocation to which we have been called. Through Jesus Christ thy Son, Our Lord. Amen.

– St Anthony’s Treasury, Laverty & Sons, Leeds, 1916




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(translated from the Irish)

May the will of God be done by us.

May the death of the Saints be won by us.

And the light of the Kingdom begun in us:

May Jesus, the Child, be beside my bed,

May the Lamb of Mercy uplift my head,

May the Virgin Mary her brightness shed,

And Michael be steward of my soul!


– St Anthony’s Treasury, Laverty & Sons, Leeds, 1916


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“Unwavering fidelity”

“An international gathering of English I speaking clergy has issued a statement pledging its ‘unwavering fidelity’ to the traditional doctrines of the Church teaching on marriage and sexuality ahead of the family synod.

The Confraternity of Catholic Clergy, whose members came from America, Britain, Australia and Ireland, voted unanimously on a statement which said: ‘The fathers pledge their unwavering fidelity to the traditional doctrines regarding marriage and the true meaning of human sexuality as proclaimed in the Word of God and set out clearly in the Church’s Ordinary and Universal Magisterium.’

‘Importance of upholding the Church’s traditional discipline regarding the reception of the sacraments’

The British branch of the confraternity was established following Benedict XVI’s Year for Priests in 2010 with the aim of promoting ‘fidelity to Sacred Scripture, Sacred Tradition, the Magisterium, the Catechism of the Catholic Church and the Holy Father’.

The confraternity statement concluded by affirming the ‘importance of upholding the Church’s traditional discipline regarding the reception of the sacraments’, adding that ‘doctrine and practice must remain firmly and inseparably in harmony.'”

– This article was published in the Catholic Herald magazine, issue 6693. For subscriptions please visit (external link)


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St Edmund Campion, martyr; memorial: 1st December

“More than four centuries after his martyrdom Edmund Campion became one of the most venerated of Reformation saints, his heroics and sacrifice on a par with those of More, Fisher and Mayne.

Champion was born in 1540. His father was a bookseller in Paternoster Row by St Paul’s Cathedral. He was educated at Christ’s Hospital, now in Sussex but then in London. When Queen Mary visited the school, he was chosen to make the welcoming speech at the age of 13.

He was chosen to make the welcoming speech for the Queen at the age of 13

He received his BA from St John’s College, Oxford, in 1560, by which time Elizabeth was on the throne and he was forced to take the oath of supremacy.

In 1566, when the Queen visited the university, it was Camion’s job to welcome her and she is said to have admired him.

The following year he was honoured with the task of giving the oration at the funeral of Sir Thomas White, the founder of the college.

He took a remorse of conscience and detestation of mind

Champion was persuaded to become a deacon, but ‘he took a remorse of conscience and detestation of mind’, when rumours began to spread of his supposed Catholic sympathies, he left for Ireland for study, and in 1571 moved to Douai, where he was formally received back into the Catholic Church, receiving the Eucharist for the first time in 12 years. He entered the new English College in Douai and travelled to Rome on foot in 1573.

Ten reasons

There he was the first novice accepted by the Jesuits and was ordained a priest. He spent six years in Prague at the Jesuit college as professor of rhetoric and philosophy.

In 1580 his fateful mission to his homeland began, even though it was a capital offence for a priest to enter the country, which had become increasingly extreme in its attitudes to Catholicism.

Disguised as a jewel merchant on June 24 1580, he began to preach, but soon the authorities were on to him. He went on the run around the country, preaching to recusant families.

At this time he wrote Decem Rationes (‘Ten Reasons’) which was a great sensation, but he was soon captured and taken to London wearing a hat with a paper stuck to it bearing the inscription ‘Champion, the Seditious Jesuit’.

He was imprisoned and tortured on the rack three times

He was imprisoned in the Tower of London for four moths and tortured on the rack three times, but he would not retract.

He was indicted on November 14 1581 on charges of trying to dethrone Elizabeth, and along with Fr Ralph Sherwin and Fr Alexander Briant, was hanged at Tyburn on December 1.”

– This article was published The Catholic Herald newspaper, issue November 28 2014. For subscriptions please visit (external link)


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