Evening Prayers March 17 2009

Audio of Evening Prayers for March 17, 2009.

Psalm 125; Psalm 131; Revelation 4:11, 5:9, 10, 12; James 2: 14, 17, 18b

Today we commemorate Saint Patrick, Bishop. Born in Great Britain about 385, Saint Patrick was captured and sold as a slave in Ireland, where he tended sheep. Escaping from slavery, he chose to enter the priesthood, and later, as a bishop, tirelessly preached the Gospel to the people of Ireland, where he converted many to the faith and established the Church. He died at Down in 461.

“I came to the Irish peoples to preach the Gospel and endure the taunts of unbelievers, puttin gup with reproaches about my earthly pilgrimage, suffering many persecutions, even bondage, and losing my birthright of freedom for the benefit of others… I want to spend myself in that country, even in death, if the Lord should grand me this favor. I am deeply in his debt, for he gave me the great grace that through me many peoples should be reborn in God…”

From ancient times the Church has had the custom of celebrating each day the Liturgy of the Hours, also known as the Divine Office. In this way the Church fulfills the Lord’s precept to pray without ceasing, at once offering its praise to God the Father and interceding for the salvation of the world. Join me in praying the Liturgy of the Hours today and throughout the lenten season.

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