Saturday, March 17, 2012

St. Patrick's "breastplate" and an Irish hymn for your day

Today is St. Patrick's Day, the 5th century English saint whose mission to the Irish made him an icon of Ireland and Celtic spirituality.  It is also Saturday, a day I hope you find not just chores but rest, and maybe a green beer at the end of the day.

Among the most traditional hymns of our Church is St. Patrick's Breastplate,  based on a prayer said to have been written by St. Patrick. Most likely it came later, but no matter, and many verses have been added over the centuries. Here is a beautifully lyrical version sung by Angelina, followed by another version below it by Alison Krauss:

1 comment:

Karen said...

Beautiful! Thanks for posting.