As we celebrate the feast of our national saint, let us remember all those who suffer in our land today. Let us also remember those who have left our shores to make a new life. We pray too for those we welcome to our country who also come here to safety, security and hope for a brighter future.
We pray that St Patrick will guide the decisions of our governments so that we can work together to create a society that cherishes and protects all its citizens, especially those most vulnerable and in need.
We ask this of God the Father, through the Christ our Lord, in the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.