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St. Patrick

I'm thinking today of St. Patrick and the holy pilgrimage I took several years ago to Ireland. The stained glass window above is in Saul Church, the site of Patrick's first church. It is the only depiction we saw with Patrick clothed in blue rather than the green we know today.

I wrote this reflection there in that holy place.


 

St. Patrick, we thought we knew you,

the saint of stained glass and mitres,

of shamrocks and crosiers.


Today we celebrate your feast day with parades and green beer.

But the color of your adopted country is blue.

And the old ones took your feast day as a time for abstinence and prayer.


Let us see past the 21st-century Patrick to the Patrick of 432,

the man called to return to his place of bondage

and bring the word of love.


Let us reclaim your remembrance as a holy time,

an opportunity for service to the poor, the hungry, the enslaved.


For you once were poor, hungry, and enslaved.

Let us reclaim your remembrance with gratitude and humility.


Pray for us, Patrick.


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Ann Hunt
Ann Hunt
Mar 17

what no snakes in the window? great poem remembering St. Patrick. I was having the same response recently, being reminded of all the flowing green brews. blessings! ahunt at ahuntca@sbcglobal.net for some reason it doesnot recognize my email. So not sure you will see it!


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Hi, Ann,

"what no snakes in the window?" -- love it!!


Thank you for reading and posting. Green brews!!!! Yikes!


Beth


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