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.
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 an infidel throng; Not less is thy might where in heaven thou art; O, come to our aid, in our battle take part.
O come to our aid, O come to our aid, 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, their prayer, Their banner the cross which they glory to bear.
Their banner the cross, their banner the cross, 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.
Its warmth undiminished, its warmth undiminished, 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, wherever we roam, For God and Saint Patrick, and our native home.
Ireland is in a terrible state these days, in terms of the Faith. They have a referendum on same-sex marriage looming, with all the polls showing a likely victory for its proponents. Yet, Irish missionaries have spread the Faith worldwide and the faithful persevered (think “Mass rocks”) during times of persecution. Little wonder, then, that Satan is working his diabolical disorientation on them big time and with bells on, during this dreadful crisis in the Church.
This thread, then, is to allow us to remember to pray for Ireland on this national Feast Day, but also to share our favourite prayers, hymns, memories and – yes, we MUST have some – jokes! I’m not sure this will be generally known outside of Ireland, but, as we (in the UK) prepare for a General Election, it might be helpful to our politicians to know that unemployment has been virtually wiped out in Ireland because they have raised the school leaving age to 65…