Collect for Saint Patrick
The Feast of Saint Patrick honors the venerated bishop/missionary who walked the green hills of Ireland in the fifth century. It is celebrated as both a liturgical and nonliturgical holiday on March 17 and has become a celebration of Ireland itself.
Almighty God, in your providence you chose your servant Patrick to be the apostle of the Irish people, to bring those who were wandering in darkness and error to the true light and knowledge of you: Grant us so to walk in that light that we may come at last to the light of everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. (Holy Women, Holy Men, p. 273).
Irish music to feed the soul
Let the marvelous music of Celtic Thunder transport you to the Emerald Isle, where the spirit of St. Patrick is alive and well.
And this rendition of “Danny Boy” by Paul Byrom evokes the incredible poignancy of an Irish father saying goodbye to his son before he emigrates to seek a better life.