Celebrating St. Patrick
We all have a little Irish in us! As the corned beef cooks, the beer flows freely, and the Chicago River turns green, the celebration of St. Patrick’s day is paramount. For one day a year, we are all Irish! As we gather with friends and family, attending religious services, feasting with food and drink and watch one of the most attended parades, we celebrate life! We celebrate the goodness God has bestowed upon us all from an Irish perspective.
St. Patrick, a 5th-century missionary to Ireland brought Christianity to many parts of Ireland. Simply put he spread the word of God. St. Patrick is known for his protection from evil. As we prepare to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, let us all remember his 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 for us!
May Christ be in us.
Christ be over all!
May Thy Salvation, Lord
Always be ours,
This day, O Lord and evermore. Amen.
A very blessed St. Patrick’s Day to ALL!
Harry Ohde, Volunteer President – SVdP Chicago