Pray Tell reader Fr. Pádraig McCarthy calls our attention to a couple ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s day.
First, read the texts that Patrick wrote (or rather, the texts that are generally accepted as such). A Web site set up by the Royal Irish Academy in Dublin, Ireland, St. Patrick’s Confessio contains digital copies of the eight surviving manuscripts of the Confessio as well as a letter that Patrick wrote to some soldiers of Coroticus who had taken Christians as slaves. Texts are available in Latin, Irish, English, German, Italian or Portuguese.
For a musical meditation, Fr. Pádraig recommends a recording of a medieval Office for St. Patrick, from manuscripts in Trinity College, Dublin. Available for purchase (CD or download), this recording is sung by Canty.