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PRAYER TO ST PATRICK, APOSTLE OF IRELAND

PRAYER TO ST PATRICK, APOSTLE OF IRELAND

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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HAIL, GLORIOUS ST PATRICK (HYMN)

HAIL, GLORIOUS ST PATRICK

Hail, glorious Saint Patrick, dear saint of our isle,
on us thy poor children bestow a sweet smile;
and now thou art high in the mansions above,
on Erin’s green valleys look down in thy love.

CHORUS:
On Erin’s green valleys, on Erin’s green valleys,
on Erin’s green valleys look down in thy love.

Hail, glorious Saint Patrick! Thy words were once strong
against Satan’s wiles and infidel throng;
not less is thy might where in heaven thou art;
O, come to our aid in our battle take part.

In the war against sin, in the fight for the faith,
dear saint, may thy children resist unto death;
may their strength be in meekness, in penance, in prayer,
their banner the Cross which they glory to bear.

Thy people, now exiles on many a shore,
shall love and revere thee till time be no more;
and the fire thou hast kindled shall ever burn bright,
its warmth undiminished, undying its light.

Ever bless and defend the sweet land of our birth,
where the shamrock still blooms as when thou wert on earth,
and our hearts shall yet burn, wheresoever we roam,
for God and Saint Patrick, and our native home.
(Sister Agnes)

 

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SHAMROCK, THREE-IN-ONE: ST PATRICK’S TEACHING ABOUT THE HOLY TRINITY

“[On] 17th March we celebrate St Patrick’s Day, the patron saint of Ireland. In his ‘Confessio’ St Patrick writes about the Trinity:

There is no other God, nor ever was, nor will be, than God the Father
• Unbegotten
• Without beginning
• From whom is all beginning
• Who upholds all things, as we have been taught.

And His Son Jesus Christ
• Whom we acknowledge to have been always with the Father
• Who before the beginning of the world was spiritually present with the Father
• Begotten in an unspeakable manner before all beginning
• By Him are made all things visible and invisible.
• He was made man, and
• Having defeated death, was received into heaven by the Father
• And He has given Him a name which is above all names
• That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow of things in heaven, on earth, and under the earth
• And every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord and God
• In whom we believe, and whose coming we expect soon to be
• Judge of the living and the dead
• Who will render to every man according to his deeds
• And He has poured forth upon us abundantly…

The Holy Spirit
• The gift and pledge of immortality
• Who makes those who believe and obey sons of God the Father
• And joint heirs with Christ
Whom we confess and adore, one God in the Trinity of the Holy Name.”
– From: “Spiritual Thought from Father Chris”, March 2011

 

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INTERCESSIONS THROUGH ST PATRICK

We ask the intercession of Saint Patrick to support us as we pray:

R. Come Holy Spirit, into our hearts and lives.

You renew the face of the earth in all times:
– renew our world today. (R.)

You overshadowed the Blessed Virgin Mary:
– cast your bright shadow over the Church. (R.)

You descended on your Son like a dove:
– bring us peace and wisdom in his name. (R.)

You gave the Apostles tongues of fire:
– enable us to speak of your truth even in the darkest shadows. (R.)

(Personal intentions)

Our Father…

God our Father, you converted a people to the glory of your name through the preaching of Saint Patrick. Inspire us by his spirit to walk in holiness, and help us to teach the Gospel to those around us, that our nation may turn again to you, through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

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THE EXTRAORDINARY MIRACLE OF THE IRISH MADONNA OF HUNGARY

THE IRISH MADONNA OF HUNGARY; GYOR, HUNGARY 1697

“The extraordinary miracle of the Irish Madonna of Hungary is not a legend, but a reality based on facts and the testimony of reliable witnesses.

OUR LADY OF GYOR

The picture was hanging in the Cathedral of Clonfert, in the diocese of Tuam, Ireland, when, in 1649, Oliver Cromwell invaded Ireland with 10,000 Englishmen. Among other objectives, his campaign was meant to eliminate papal influence and establish a Protestant interest in the country.

THE BEGINNING OF THE RELIGIOUS PERSECUTION

When the religious persecution began, Bishop Walter Lynch of Clonfert and some of his priests were arrested. To prevent the Irish Madonna from falling into the hands of those who would destroy it, Bishop Lynch smuggled the picture out of Ireland and kept it in his possession. The bishop, together with some members of his group, escaped 1652 from the island known as Innisboffin, where they had been imprisoned. They dispersed to various countries, where they were warmly received.

OUR LADY HAD OTHER PLANS

Bishop Lynch and the portrait spent some time in Belgium and in Portugal. Later he travelled as far as Hungary. There he was joyously received by the Bishop of Gyor, who appointed him as his auxiliary. The Irish bishop learned the Hungarian language and worked 10 years among the faithful. Although he seemed content, he was nevertheless longing to return to his native country. When he learned that the persecution in Ireland had subsided, he prepared for the return journey. The picture was meant, of course, to return with him, but Our Lady had other plans.

THREATENING DISASTERS WERE AVERTED

Before the date of his departure, the Irish bishop became desperately ill. On his deathbed he bequeathed the picture to the Bishop of Gyor, who subsequently had the body of his Irish friend buried in the crypt of the cathedral.

The people of Gyor quickly adopted the picture of the Madonna. It was especially welcomed because the arrival of the portrait coincided with a series of victories over the Turks.

During the years many souls have come from throughout Hungary to pray before the Madonna for personal and national needs and to thank Our Lady for preventing, through her intercession, some disasters which had threatened.

THE IMAGE

The portrait of Our Lady and the Infant Christ is charming. The Child lies asleep on a pallet, His crowned head on a fluffy pillow, His two arms resting atop the fold of a covering. The Blessed Virgin also wears a crown and appears to be kneeling beside the Child. With her hands folded in prayer, Our Lady looks serenely down upon her slumbering Babe.

IRELAND IN TROUBLE

While the Hungarians enjoyed peace and plenty during the year 1697, the Irish were afflicted with great hardships and religious persecution. In that year the Parliament passed an edict that ordered the expulsion of all priests from the territory of Ireland and the British Isles. Churches were confiscated and all traces of the Catholic religion were to be eliminated. A national Irish church was established and only members of this church were permitted to serve as ministers at funerals.

OUR LADY CRIES FOR HER SUFFERING CHILDREN

On March 17 of that year, St Patrick’s Day, as thousands were attending Holy Mass in the Cathedral of Gyor, the eyes of the Madonna began to shed tears and blood which ran down the canvas to the image of the sleeping Jesus. The Irish Madonna was weeping for her suffering children. The people who had been attending the Holy Sacrifice, as well as those who were summoned to witness the miracle, took turns in gathering around the portrait while the priests repeatedly wiped the face of the Madonna with a linen cloth that is still preserved in the Cathedral.

To further examine the miracle and the possible source of the blood and tears, the portrait was taken down from the wall and removed from its frame. No explanation could be given for the phenomenon, which continued for more than three hours.

EVEN CALVINISTS, LUTHERANS AND JEWS TESTIFIED THAT THEY HAD SEEN THIS MIRACLE WITH THEIR OWN EYES

Before long not only Catholics, but also Protestants and Jews flocked to see the miracle. Thousands witnessed the event, and many of these gave testimony of what they saw. A document signed by a hundred people bears the signatures of the governor of the city, its mayor, all its councilmen, the bishop, priests, Calvinist and Lutheran ministers as well as a Jewish rabbi. All volunteered their signatures to the document stating that they had witnessed an undeniable miracle.

THE LINK BETWEEN TWO NATIONS

The miracle of Our Lady weeping blood and tears on St Patrick’s Day in 1697 for her suffering children in Ireland left a deep impression on the people of Hungary down to the present day. At all times, but especially in times of disaster, the people flock to her shrine in order to gain strength and hope in the midst of crisis. By virtue of this portrait, the Madonna has linked two nations whose people have suffered for their faith and freedom.
(From the book: Miraculous Images of Our Lady by Joan Carroll Cruz, published by Tan Books & Publishers in Rockford, Illinois, 1993)”
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PRAYER ON THE MEMORIAL OF ST PATRICK

ST PATRICK, BISHOP; MEMORIAL: MARCH 17

The apostle of Ireland was born in Great Britain about 385, and taken captive and sold as a slave to Ireland when he was a young boy. He worked as a herdsman, escaped, and decided to become a priest. He was made Bishop for Ireland, and was indefatigable in preaching the faith throughout the country and in organising the Church there. He died in about 461, and was buried at Downpatrick.

PRAYER:

God our Father,
you sent Saint Patrick
to preach your glory to the people of Ireland.
By the help of his prayers,
may all Christians proclaim your love to all men.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

 
 

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