Many of you know already, but we have a troupe of Irish Dancers who make St. Augustine’s their home Monday and Wednesday night’s. Today is their day! If you’d like to see them perform, see the dates and times below. Scan down for more on St. Patrick himself.
The McElhatton school of Irish Dance St. Patrick’s Day Performances
>3:00 p.m. Waterford of Summerlea Seniors’ Residence, 9395-172 Street
>6:00 p.m. St. Thomas Health Centre (Centre de Sante Saint-Thomas), 8411-91 Street
>6:45 p.m. Senior Dancers only: The Duke of Argyll Pub
>7:30 p.m. Glastonbury Mews, 1585 Glastonbury Blvd
>9:00 p.m. last performance of the evening, Senior Dancers only, Serca Festival: 9210 – 118 Avenue
Friday, March 18, 8:00 p.m. : Good Shepherd Anglican Church, 18407 – 60 Avenue
Patrick 17 March
Missionary Bishop in Ireland, 461 — Memorial
Today we honour Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, who
brought Christianity to the northern tribes of that country in the
early fifth century.
A native of Cornwall or Devon, he was kidnapped by Irish
pirates who sold him into slavery in their homeland. Six years
later he fled his Irish masters, returned to Britain, and was
eventually ordained to the priesthood. He had a vision that he
would return to the land of his former captivity, and around
the year 438 the vision came true. He was made a bishop and
given charge over the mission to the Irish.
Despite his chronic sense of personal unworthiness, Patrick
proved to be an effective organizer, and his mission quickly
evolved into a vibrant institution. He also encouraged the
growth of Irish monasticism, and within a few generations of
his death monks and nuns had replaced warriors as the heroes
of the Irish people.
The great hymn called “St. Patrick’s Breastplate” was probably
not composed by him, but it does reflect the kind of Christian
spirituality which he planted in the heart of the Irish nation — a
spirituality deeply penitential, but still more deeply alive to the
sustaining presence of Jesus Christ.
Christ came and proclaimed peace to you who were far off and
peace to those who were near; for through him both of us have
access in one Spirit to the Father. Ephesians 2.17–18
O God, we thank you for Patrick,
whom you took into your service,
to bring within the freedom of your household
those who once enslaved him.
Encourage us through his example,
that we may know your power made perfect in our weakness,
and delight in serving others
for the sake of him who became servant of all,
your Son Jesus Christ our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.