St Patrick’s Day

Tonight we will celebrate St. Patrick — patron saint of my homeland and beloved reason for people everywhere to drink Guinness. Before dinner I’ll sing this as I light the three-wick candle. Then someone will read this this prayer:

Like the goodness of the five loaves and two fishes,
Which God divided among the five thousand men,
May the blessing of the King who so divided
Be upon our share of this common meal.

Followed by someone reading this blessing:

May the road rise to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face.
And rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the hollow of His hand

Then we’ll be eating Comforting Potato Soup and warm Irish Soda Bread. During the meal there will be much imbibing of beer and many toasts like these:

As you slide down the banister of life, may the splinters never point in the wrong direction.

May your troubles be as few and far between
As my grandmother’s teeth.

After dinner we’ll read Patrick: Patron Saint of Ireland and Patrick: Saint of Ireland, two of my favorite picture books about Patrick. Then we’ll make St. Patrick icons to hang on our rearview mirrors (or elsewhere for our environmental heroes who don’t own a car). These will have a pic of Pat on the front and either a self-written prayer on the back or a lovely classic Irish blessing. The best part is we get to put them through the laminator (what fun!) and string sparkly beads on them. What could be better? Oh, yeah, now I remember– Guinness Stout floats with vanilla bean ice cream and a green frosted cupcake on the side, or vanilla ice cream drizzled with Irish cream.

Here’s to a long life and a merry one.
A quick death and an easy one.
A clever mate and an honest one.
A cold beer—and another one!

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