Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Commemoration of Patrick, Bishop and Missionary to Ireland

Being Irish, yesterday was a special day for me. We had a wonderful chapel service led by a second year student. Being St. Patrick's Day, we commemorated St. Patrick. I have never before sung or heard one of the hymns we sang, I Bind unto Myself Today, Some parts were a bit difficult for me musically, but the words are phenomenal. You'll find them in the link to the hymn.

Also on our bulletin was the following from the Confession of Patrick:
I give unceasing thanks to my God, who kept me faithful in the day of my testing. Today I can offer him sacrifice with confidence, giving myself as a living victim to Christ, who kept me safe through all my trials. I can say now, Who am I, Lord, and what is my calling, that you worked through me with such divine power? You did all this so that today among the Gentiles I might constantly rejoice and glorify your name wherever I may be, both in prosperity and adversity. You did it so that, whatever happened to me, I might accept good and evil equally, always giving thanks to God. God showed me how to have faith in him forever, as one who is never to be doubted. He answered my prayer in such way that in the last days, ignorant though I am, I might be bold enough to take up so holy and so wonderful a task, and imitate some degree those whom the Lord had so long ago foretold as heralds of his Gospel, bearing witness to all nations.
Gracious God, thank you for your servant Patrick. May we be challenged by the example of his faith. Lord, by your grace, may this be our testimony as well. Amen.

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