On March 17th, we celebrate the feast of St. Patrick, Patron Saint of Ireland. He is also the patron saint of engineers. He is invoked against snakes as it is believed that St. Patrick banished all snakes from Ireland. St. Patrick is often associated with a Shamrock leaf which he used for explaining the doctrine of the Holy Trinity. The following is a traditional Christian hymn in honor of St. Patrick. Today, Ireland and the whole world is in need of our prayers.
Hail, glorious Saint Patrick, dear saint of our Isle,
On us thy poor children bestow a sweet smile;
And now thou art high in the mansions above,
On Erin’s green valleys look down in thy love.
Hail, glorious Saint Patrick, thy words were once strong
Against Satan’s wiles and an infidel throng;
Not less is thy might where in heaven thou art;
O, come to our aid, in our battle take part.
In the war against sin, in the fight for the faith,
Dear saint, may thy children resist unto death;
May their strength be in meekness, in penance, their prayer,
Their banner the cross which they glory to bear.
Thy people, now exiles on many a shore,
Shall love and revere thee till time be no more;
And the fire thou hast kindled shall ever burn bright,
Its warmth undiminished, undying its light.