Saint Patrick

st patrickNew for St. Patrick's Day 2017: 

St. Patrick - Student Information Booklet

St. Patrick - The Apostle of Ireland

The Shield of St Patrick These resources have been kindly shared by Frank Brown (PPW with the Clondalkin Parishes)


FaithArts - Resources on Saint Patrick 

I Arise Today: Saint Patrick's Day Prayer - Beautiful Visual Reflection

Prayer Service for Feast of St Patrick 

The Story of Saint Patrick PP

St. Patrick Assembly

St. Patrick Notes (Junior Cycle)

St. Patrick Notes (Senior Cycle)

St. Patrick's Day Activity PowerPoint

Story of St. Patrick PowerPoint

Luireach Phadraig This PowerPoint shows the slides that ran during the performance of this hymn at Emmanuel 2014, and click here for the music to accompany.

Patrick was born in Britain, probably in Wales. At age 16 he was carried off as a slave by a raiding party and brought to Ireland. He spent six years herding sheep on Slemish Mountain in Co. Antrim. One night in a dream a voice told him “Your ship is ready.” He left his master and walked southward for over 200 miles where he found a ship ready to sail. After some difficulty he was allowed on board and he returned to his people. He studied for the priesthood in Gaul and in 432 he was made bishop and sent to Ireland. He landed in the north and established his first church at Saul in a barn (sabhall) given to him by Dichu. He travelled throughout Ireland, preaching, baptising and founding churches for nearly thirty years. He used the shamrock to explain the Blessed Trinity, and the plant is worn on St. Patrick’s Day on 17th March to commemorate this event. He died in the year 461 and is buried in Downpatrick. He is known as “The Apostle of Ireland.”



I arise today
Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity,
Through belief in the Threeness,
Through confession of the Oneness
of the Creator of creation.

I arise today
Through the strength of Christ's birth with His baptism,
Through the strength of His crucifixion with His burial,
Through the strength of His resurrection with His ascension, Through the strength of His descent for the judgment of doom.

I arise today
Through the strength of the love of cherubim,
In the obedience of angels,
In the service of archangels,
In the hope of resurrection to meet with reward,
In the prayers of patriarchs,
In the predictions of prophets,
In the preaching of apostles,
In the faith of confessors,
In the innocence of holy virgins,
In the deeds of righteous men.

I arise today, through
The strength of heaven,
The light of the sun,
The radiance of the moon,
The splendor of fire,
The speed of lightning,
The swiftness of wind,
The depth of the sea,
The stability of the earth,
The firmness of rock.

I arise today, through
God's strength to pilot me,
God's might to uphold me,
God's wisdom to guide me,
God's eye to look before me,
God's ear to hear me,
God's word to speak for me,
God's hand to guard me,
God's shield to protect me,
God's host to save me
From snares of devils,
From temptation of vices,
From everyone who shall wish me ill,
afar and near.

I summon today
All these powers between me and those evils,
Against every cruel and merciless power
that may oppose my body and soul,
Against incantations of false prophets,
Against black laws of pagandom,
Against false laws of heretics,
Against craft of idolatry,
Against spells of witches and smiths and wizards,
Against every knowledge that corrupts man's body and soul;
Christ to shield me today
Against poison, against burning,
Against drowning, against wounding,
So that there may come to me an abundance of reward.

Christ with me,
Christ before me,
Christ behind me,
Christ in me,
Christ beneath me,
Christ above me,
Christ on my right,
Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down,
Christ when I sit down,
Christ when I arise,
Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.

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