Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Hail glorious St Patrick

Hail, glorious St. Patrick, dear saint of our isle,
On us thy poor children bestow a sweet smile;
And now thou art high in the mansions above,
On Erin's green valleys look down in thy love.

I suspect there are not many people in the western world who do not know that today, 17 March, is St Patrick's day. For most "Paddy's day" is nothing more than another Hallmark Holiday and a chance to go on the lash wearing a ridiculous hat and leprechaun wig. Few recall that this is a Church feast day celebrating the life of a significant early bishop and missionary.

The public perception of St Patrick's day should serve as a warning of what lies in store for Christmas in the increasing hostile secular society.

Having been Mr Misery Guts - Happy St Patricks day!