Saint Patrick’s Day on the Fifth Sunday of Lent

Since the Fifth Sunday of Lent this year falls on March 17, the feast of St Patrick, you may find it helpful to have a good source of information on Patrick. With so many later accumulated customs and traditions, it’s good to get back to the basics!

The website Confessio  was set up about 18 months ago by the Royal Irish Academy in Dublin, Ireland. It has the text of Patrick’s writing, the “Confessio,” and also the “Letter to the Soldiers of Coroticus.” The original Latin texts are there, and translations in Irish, English, Italian, German, and Portuguese.

The 8 extant manuscripts of the writings are on-line also – the oldest is in the Book of Armagh from about 800 A.D., which is in Trinity College in Dublin. There is a large quantity of ancillary material, including the “Hyperstack,” applying digital research possibilities to the original texts.

A recording of a medieval chant office for St Patrick from Ireland  is available for the Americas from Divine Arts for the Americas ( click Apostle of Ireland); and from this Divine Arts  for the rest of the world (click Apostle of Ireland).

Thanks to Fr. Pádraig McCarthy, Dublin, Ireland, for this information.

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