IRISH BLESSING WITH ST PATRICK PATRON SAINT PIN
May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face, the rain fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again, may God hold you in the hollow of His hand.
Saint Patrick (Latin: Patricius; Irish: Pádraig [ˈpˠɑːɾˠɪɟ] or [ˈpˠaːd̪ˠɾˠəɟ]; Welsh: Padrig) was a fifth-century Romano-British Christian missionary and bishop in Ireland. Known as the “Apostle of Ireland”, he is the primary patron saint of Ireland, the other patron saints being Brigit of Kildare and Columba. Patrick was never formally canonised, having lived prior to the current laws of the Catholic Church in these matters. Nevertheless, he is venerated as a Saint in the Catholic Church and in the Eastern Orthodox Church, where he is regarded as equal-to-the-apostles and Enlightener of Ireland.
St Patrick is one of the most popular saints in Western Christendom. He is the Patron Saint of Ireland. He is said to have banished the snakes from Ireland. In his iconography St Patrick is most often seen in the miter and vestments of a bishop carrying a bishop’s crozier and a shamrock. It is said that he used the shamrock as a teaching aid when preaching on the Trinity.
While his feast day on March 17 is celebrated with singing, parades, and dancing, it is important to remember St Patrick is a saint who knew all the trials of life on a painful journey. He is a saint who understands our trials as we walk with Jesus and one another, and is a willing intercessor on our behalf.