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A Sacramental Imagination

I continue to pray and meditate on St. Patrick’s “Breastplate” as a part of my morning liturgy. (I like to commit these prayers to memory and just as playing a scale becomes the backbone of an improvised solo, these prayers become the skeleton of further prayer over time. 504 more words

The Night Caller

A well-known saint appears in a dream, speaking in several tongues, and confesses the many sins he committed against the Irish.

I did meet St. Patrick once: in a dream.

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Downpatrick Treasure Hunt 2018

Sending the cars out from the Lakeside Inn at the start of the Treasure Hunt

The Downpatrick congregation held a very successful and well-supported Treasure Hunt on Saturday, 4th August. 173 more words


The Harrowing of Hell

I’ve recently started incorporating St. Patrick’s “Breastplate” into my morning liturgy. If you’re not familiar with it, it’s a great prayer to start your day with. 350 more words

Domhnach Crom Dubh – Dun Briste, Co Mayo

The last Sunday in July was known in Ireland as Domhnach Crom Dubh (meaning the ‘dark, stooped one’), Crom Dubh (originally called Crom Cruiach) was the chief Celtic idol of Ireland. 382 more words

Irish History

Day 49: Double Dose of Dublin

This “church” is actually a bar and gril in downtown Dublin.

“The Church” Bar and Gril

This spire marks the centerpointe of Dublin

Ha’ Penny Bridge over the River Liffey… 2,089 more words


What Do You Really Know About St. Patrick's Day?

Saint Patrick

In America, Saint Patrick’s day is celebrated with the wearing of green. But have you ever wondered why there is a St. Patrick’s day? 617 more words