Don’t forget to invoke the great intercessory power of St. Patrick on March 17.
St. Patrick’s Day is one of the most widely celebrated feast days for both secular and religious reasons. Unfortunately, among all the shamrocks and green beer, it is easy to forget the spiritual powerhouse behind March 17.
St. Patrick was a great saint, highly revered for his holiness and humility. While many know him as the one who “banished snakes” from Ireland, he did much more than that. St. Patrick cast out darkness from Ireland and set the Emerald Isle on fire with the light of Jesus Christ. It is not surprising that since then Ireland has been called the “land of saints and scholars,” for the great number of saints who came from the small country.
The great “Apostle of Ireland” is also known for his powerful intercession over the centuries. He continues to intercede for the world and is ready to take our petitions straight to our Heavenly Father.
Below is a beautiful novena to St. Patrick, prayed with faith on the nine days preceding March 17. As you pray, entrust your petitions to St. Patrick and open your heart to God’s will.
O great apostle of Ireland, glorious Saint Patrick,
to whom under God so many are indebted
for the most precious of all treasures,
the great gift of faith,
receive our fervent thanks for the zeal and charity
that have been to thousands the blessings so invaluable.
We ask your intervention in receiving
[Mention your intentions here]
Ask for all who dwell in this land
and the land of thy labors the precious light of Faith,
and beg for us on whom its glorious rays have long since beamed,
the grace to regulate our lives by its sacred maxims.