Wednesday, 17 March 2010

Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig

...supposedly that is the Gaelic way of wishing blessing today; St Patrick's Day.

We all know little bits of the Life (Vita) of St Patrick. He was British, kidnapped by Irish pirates and taken to Ireland where he worked on a pig farm. Eventually he escaped and went back home. However he had a revelation from God, asking Patrick to return to Ireland to convert the Irish to Christianity. And... that's pretty much all I can remember, apart from the famous snake story, and of course the use of the Shamrock to teach the Trinity.

Anyway, I went to St Patrick's Roman Catholic Primary School and so know this hymn quite well;

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.

On Erin's green valleys, on Erin's green valleys,
On Erin's green valleys look down in thy love.

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.

On Erin's green valleys, on Erin's green valleys,
On Erin's green valleys look down in thy love.

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.

On Erin's green valleys, on Erin's green valleys,
On Erin's green valleys look down in thy love.

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.

On Erin's green valleys, on Erin's green valleys,
On Erin's green valleys look down in thy love.

So once again, Happy St Patrick's Day. I will probably have a pint (or two) of Guinness later on.

In Domino

2 comments:

Miss Ellen E. said...

Happy St Patrick's Day to you! Hope you manage to get your pint (or two) of the dark stuff later on!

Catholic Student said...

Happy St Patrick's Day to you too (I apologise for the belated nature of that)

Alas Miss Ellen, I failed in my St Patrick's Day observance!

My friends were not free for a few drinks and I'm not a fan of drinking on my own!