March 16, 2000
volume 11, no. 54
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LITURGY for THURSDAY and FRIDAY - March 16 and 17, 2000

Thursday, March 16, 2000

      First Reading: Esther: 12, 14-16, 23-25
      Responsorial: Psalm 138: 1-3, 7-8
      Gospel Reading: Matthew 7: 7-12

Friday, March 17, 2000

    Friday March 17:
    Friday in Lent
    Optional Feast of Saint Patrick of Ireland, Bishop and Apostle of Ireland

    Purple vestments

      First Reading: Ezechial 18: 21-28
      Responsorial: Psalm 130: 1-8
      Gospel Reading: Matthew 5: 20-26

Feast of Saint Patrick, Bishop and Apostle of Ireland

       Though the Season of Lent often preempts this patron saint of Ireland, he is credited with bringing the emerald isle to Catholicism. Born of Roman and Scottish origin, Patrick was sold into bondage and brought to Ireland in the early 400's. His experiences prompted him to always turn to God for intercession and it was this faith that motivated him toward becoming an apostle for Christ in this land he grew to love. His piety and wisdom, as well as his genuine love and caring for the Celtic people, produced mass conversions throughout Irish soil. He is often depicted holding the Church in his hands as well as a shamrock which he used to explain the Blessed Trinity as having three leaves but one plant. He is also shown driving out the snakes. Though history does not record reptiles being on the island, it represents bringing the Gospel to Ireland and driving away the evil spirits of paganism. His holy work spawned generation upon generations of priests and nuns and holy, practicing Catholics up to our present century which are responsible for so many conversions the world-over, especially in America.


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