Friday, March 17, 2006
St. Patrick, Enlighterner of the Irish
A blessed St. Patrick's Day to all my Irish brethren, and to my brethren who are Irish at heart on this day. Remember his contribution to the cause of Christian faith in Ireland, and how in turn that God-protected land was instrumental in spreading forth the light of Christ to much of northern Europe.
Almighty and everlasting God, we thank thee for thy bishop and confessor Patrick, whom thou didst call to preach the Gospel to the Irish people. Raise up, we beseech thee, in this and every land evangelists and heralds of thy kingdom, that thy Church may proclaim the unsearchable riches of our Saviour Jesus Christ; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen.