Opening Comment: As the third week of Lent comes to a close, we pause from our lenten penances to honour Patrick, the apostle of the Irish. In our celebration of this solemn feast, we worship God, creator, redeemer and sanctifier, who brought our ancestors into the Christian fold through the preaching of St Patrick.
Penitential Rite: To prepare ourselves for this celebration, let us call to mind our continuing need of grace and mercy: (pause) I confess…
Introduction to the Scripture Readings
Jeremiah 1:4-9 — The call to bring God’s message is daunting, particularly to youthful messengers. But God’s help is close at hand.
Romans 10: 9-18 God’s word has been spread to every nation, without distinction; with the help of apostles like Patrick, it has gone to the ends of the world.
Mark 16:15-20 — Christian disciples are protected from every danger, as Patrick was: the Lord works with them.
The General Intercessions
Introduction (by the Presider) Because God’s love for us is strong, we can present our needs with confidence.
- That the leaders of the Church in Ireland may have the courage and wisdom of Patrick (Pause for silent prayer). Lord, hear us.
- That peace and reconciliation may grow among Irish people of all faiths (Pause for silent prayer). Lord, hear us.
- That the civic leaders of Ireland may bear witness to Christian values: honesty, generosity and compassion (Pause for silent prayer). Lord, hear us.
- That Irish emigrants may have the help they need, particularly those who feel lonely and lost (Pause for silent prayer). Lord, hear us.
- That the people who enter Ireland as visitors may experience friendship and support (Pause for silent prayer). Lord, hear us.
- That our loved ones who have gone on the way of truth (‘ar shlí na fírinne’) may enter the promised land of heaven (Pause for silent prayer). Lord, hear us.
Conclusion (by the Presider) God of all nations, you are faithful to your people: Hear the prayers we bring on the feast of Patrick and grant them, we implore you, through Christ our Lord. Amen
Liturgical Suggestions: Best vestments are worn, spring flowers decorate the altar (just for today) and flags are flown (Irish and European or Vatican). Penitential Rite a (Confiteor), possibly followed by the Kyrie Eleison in Irish. Gloria. Lenten gospel acclamation. Preface of St Patrick (page 728). Eucharistic Prayer 2. Solemn Blessing page 730.
Songs ‘Be Not Afraid’; ‘Christ Be Beside Me’; ‘Hail Glorious St. Patrick’.