St. Patrick’s Day is a Catholic Feast Day

Blessings of St. Patrick’s Day to you all.

While we enjoy all the celebrations, we must remember, of course, that St. Patrick’s Day is a Catholic feast day and so in that spirit, I’ve collected a few prayers and blessings specifically related to St. Patrick and to St. Patrick’s Day with which to bless you and your loved ones this year.

St. Patrick’s Prayer

May the Strength of God pilot us.
May the Power of God preserve us.
May the Wisdom of God instruct us.
May the Hand of God protect us.
May the Way of God direct us.
May the Shield of God defend us.
May the Host of God guard us
Against the snares of the evil ones,
Against temptations of the world.
May Christ be with us!
May Christ be before us!
May Christ be in us,
Christ be over all!
May Thy Salvation, Lord,
Always be ours,
This day, O Lord, and evermore. Amen.
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.
Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

House Protecting

God, bless the world and all that is therein.
God, bless my spouse and my children,
God, bless the eye that is in my head,
And bless, O God, the handling of my hand;
What time I rise in the morning early,
What time I lie down late in bed,
Bless my rising in the morning early,
And my lying down late in bed.

God, protect the house and the household,
God, consecrate the children of the motherhood,
God, encompass the flocks of the young,
Be Thou after them and tending them,
What time the flocks ascend the hill and wold,
What time I lie down to sleep,
What time the flocks ascend hill and wold,
What time I lie down in peace to sleep.

The Journey Blessing

Bless to me, O God,
The earth beneath my foot,
Bless to me, O God,
The path whereon I go;
Bless to me, O God,
The thing of my desire;
Thou Evermore of evermore,
Bless Thou to me my rest.

Bless to me the thing
Whereon is set my mind,
Bless to me the thing
Whereon is set my love;
Bless to me the thing
Whereon is set my hope;
O Thou king of kings,
Bless Thout to me mine eye!

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St. Patrick’s Breastplate: A Protective Prayer

“St. Patrick’s Breastplate” was a protective prayer. Celtic monks used it to start their day.

The prayer began:

“I bind unto myself today
The strong Name of the Trinity
By invocation of the same,
The Three in One and One in Three”

The hymn was several stanzas long, and the last two stanzas were especially memorable and moving:

“Christ be with me, Christ within me,
Christ behind me, Christ before me,
Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort and restore me.
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of all that love me,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.”
“I bind unto myself the Name,
The strong Name of the Trinity;
By invocation of the same.
The Three in One, and One in Three,
Of Whom all nature hath creation,
Eternal Father, Spirit, Word:
Praise to the Lord of my salvation,
Salvation is of Christ the Lord.”

What is the History of St. Patrick’s Day? 2018-03-17 08.14.37

St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated annually on March 17– the anniversary of St. Patrick’s death in the fifth century.

In Ireland, St. Patrick’s Day is observed as a religious holiday, with Christian families attending church in the morning and celebrating in the afternoon. According to history.com, since St. Patrick’s Day falls during the season of Lent, all prohibitions were waived for the holiday, allowing the Irish to dance, drink, and feast.

“Since around the ninth or 10th century, people in Ireland have been observing the Roman Catholic feast day of St. Patrick on March 17,” writes History.com in the article History of St. Patrick’s Day. “Interestingly, however, the first parade held to honor St. Patrick’s Day took place not in Ireland but in the United States. On March 17, 1762, Irish soldiers serving in the English military marched through New York City. Along with their music, the parade helped the soldiers reconnect with their Irish roots, as well as with fellow Irishmen serving in the English army.”

What St. Patrick’s Life Reminds Us

We can trust God with our days. “My times are in your hands…” Ps. 31:15

We can trust that He will bring purpose through even the darkest of times. “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Rom. 8:28

We can trust His Sovereignty and Power over all. “For you bless the righteous, O Lord; you cover him with favor as with a shield.” Ps. 5:12

We can be assured God’s presence is always with us and His plans for us are good. “For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor; no good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly.” Ps. 84:11

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May the friendships you make, be those which endure; and all of your grey clouds, be small ones for sure. As you slide down the banister of life, may the splinters never point in the wrong direction. May you have warm words on a cold evening, a full moon on a dark night, and the road downhill all the way to your door.

May God’s favor and blessing cover you this day, and every day.
Blessings in Carmel ~TinaMarie

 

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