Liturgical Texts: March 2010 Archives

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In spite of my own reservations about the quality of the English translation given, I thought it might be interesting, in time for tomorrow, to present the Proper Mass for Saint Patrick, Principal Patron of Ireland, as given in the current National Proper for Ireland. The texts were approved by the Irish Catholic Bishops' Conference and the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments on 10 July 2007. It would be interesting to see what the forthcoming corrected and revised text will look like.

The petition of the Collect, "that we who celebrate this festival may keep alive the fire of faith he kindled," is especially poignant, given the sufferings of the Church in Ireland at the present time. The central portion of the Preface, while it could be more lyrical, is noteworthy nonetheless:

For you drew him through daily prayer
in captivity and hardship
to know you as a loving Father.

You chose him out of all the world
to return to the land of his captors,
that they might acknowledge Jesus Christ, their Redeemer.

In the power of your Spirit you directed his paths
to win the sons and daughters of the Irish
to the service of the Triune God.

March 17
Saint Patrick, bishop
Principal Patron of Ireland

Entrance Antiphon: Gen 12:1-2

Go from your country and your kindred and your father's house to the land that I will show you. I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing.


Lord, through the work of Saint Patrick in Ireland
we have come to acknowledge the mystery of the one true God
and give thanks for our salvation in Christ;
grant by his prayers
that we who celebrate this festival
may keep alive the fire of faith he kindled.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

The Collect of the traditional rite has:

O God, who wast pleased to send thy blessed confessor bishop Patrick
to preach Thy glory to the heathen,
grant through his merits and intercession,
that by Thy mercy we may be enabled to accomplish
the tasks Thou settest us.
Through our Lord.

About Dom Mark

Dom Mark Daniel Kirby is Conventual Prior of Silverstream Priory in Stamullen, County Meath, Ireland. The ecclesial mandate of his Benedictine community is the adoration of the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar in a spirit of reparation, and in intercession for the sanctification of priests.

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