Liturgy Planning

Feast of Saint Patrick (IRL)

March 17, 2024

Year ABC - Lectionary [0]

First Reading

Amos 7: 12-15 | "Go, prophecy to my people, Israel." 

Amaziah, the priest of Bethel, said to Amos, ‘Go away, seer;’ get back to the land of Judah; earn your bread there, do your prophesying there. We want no more prophesying in Bethel; this is the royal sanctuary, the national temple.’ ‘I was no prophet, neither did I belong to any of the brotherhoods of prophets,’ Amos replied to Amaziah ‘I was a shepherd, and looked after sycamores: but it was the Lord who took me from herding the flock, and the Lord who said, “Go, prophesy to my people Israel.”’


Psalm 139: 1-3, 7-10, 13-14 | If I dwell at the seas farthest end, even there you watch over me.

If I dwell at the sea’s furthest end, even there you watch over me.

  O Lord, you search me and you know me,

  you know my resting and my rising,

  you discern my purpose from afar.

  You mark when I walk or lie down,

  all my ways lie open to you.

If I dwell at the sea’s furthest end, even there you watch over me.

  O where can I go from your spirit,

  or where can I flee from your face?

  If I climb the heavens, you are there.

  If I lie in the grave, you are there.

If I dwell at the sea’s furthest end, even there you watch over me.

  If I take the wings of the dawn

  and dwell at the sea’s furthest end,

  even there your hand would lead me,

  your right hand would hold me fast.

If I dwell at the sea’s furthest end, even there you watch over me.

  For it was you who created my being,

  knit me together in my mother’s womb.

  I thank you for the wonder of my being,

  for the wonders of all your creation.

If I dwell at the sea’s furthest end, even there you watch over me.

Second Reading

1 Thessalonians 2:2-8 | "It was God who gave us the courage to proclaim the good news."

It was our God who gave us the courage to proclaim his Good News to you in the face of great opposition. We have not taken to preaching because we are deluded, or immoral, or trying to deceive anyone; it was God who decided that we were fit to be entrusted with the Good News, and when we are speaking, we are not trying to please men but God, who can read our inmost thoughts. You know very well, and we can swear it before God, that never at any time have our speeches been simply flattery, or a cover for trying to get money; nor have we ever looked for any special honour from men, either from you or anybody else, when we could have imposed ourselves on you with full weight, as apostles of Christ.

Instead, we were unassuming. Like a mother feeding and looking after her own children, we felt so devoted and protective towards you, and had come to love you so much, that we were eager to hand over to you not only the Good News but our whole lives as well.

Gospel Acclamation

Luke 4:17 | The Lord has sent me to bring the good news to the poor, to proclaim liberty to captives.


Luke 5: 1-11 | “Put out into deep water and lower your nets for a catch.”

Jesus was standing one day by the Lake of Gennesaret, with the crowd pressing round him listening to the word of God, when he caught sight of two boats close to the bank. The fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets. He got into one of the boats – it was Simon’s – and asked him to put out a little from the shore. Then he sat down and taught the crowds from the boat.

  When he had finished speaking he said to Simon, ‘Put out into deep water and pay out your nets for a catch.’ ‘Master,’ Simon replied, ‘we worked hard all night long and caught nothing, but if you say so, I will pay out the nets.’ And when they had done this they netted such a huge number of fish that their nets began to tear, so they signalled to their companions in the other boat to come and help them; when these came, they filled the two boats to sinking point.

  When Simon Peter saw this he fell at the knees of Jesus saying, ‘Leave me, Lord; I am a sinful man.’ For he and all his companions were completely overcome by the catch they had made; so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were Simon’s partners. But Jesus said to Simon, ‘Do not be afraid; from now on it is men you will catch.’ Then, bringing their boats back to land, they left everything and followed him.


Scripture readings taken from The Jerusalem Bible, published and copyright 1966 by Darton, Longman and Todd Ltd, and used by permission of the publishers

See Also


Psalm 138/139: If You Find Me
Composer: Warner, Steven C.
Publisher: IND
Psalm 23: Se An Tiarna M'Aoire
Composer: O'Carroll, Fintan
Publisher: IND
Psalm 8: How Glorious Is Your Name
Composer: Cooney, Rory
Publisher: GIA

Hymns & Songs

A Gaelic Blessing
Composer: John Rutter
A Walking Prayer
Composer: Kirner, Karen Schneider
Text: Carmina Gaedelica
Publisher: WLP
A Íosa Mhic Mhuire
Publisher: PD
An Irish Blessing
Composer: Warner, Steven C.
Text: Traditional Irish
Publisher: WLP
Bless the Corners of This House
Composer: Warner/Kirner
Publisher: WLP
Christ Be Beside Me
Composer: Gaelic
Text: The Lorica of St. Patrick
Publisher: GIA
Christ Be Near at Either Hand
Composer: Irish folk song arr. Gillen, Gerard and Warner, Steven C.
Text: The Lorica of St. Patrick
Publisher: WLP
Christ, Be Our Light
Composer: Farrell, Bernadette
Text: Farrell, Bernadette
Publisher: OCP
Go Make Of All Disciples
Text: Adkins, Leon M.
Publisher: GIA
Hail, Glorious St. Patrick
Composer: arr. Scw
Text: Murray
Publisher: PD
I Will Be The Vine
Composer: Liam Lawton
Psalm 23: Se An Tiarna M'Aoire
Composer: O'Carroll, Fintan
Publisher: IND
Rian Phadraíg
Composer: Ahern
Publisher: IND
Sent Forth by God’s Blessing
Composer: Traditional Welsh folk melody
Text: Westendorf, Omer
Publisher: WLP
Song of St. Patrick
Composer: Haugen, Marty
Text: Haugen, Marty
Publisher: GIA
The Deer's Cry
Composer: Davey, Shaun
Publisher: IND
The Summons
Composer: Scottish traditional
Text: Bell, John L.
Publisher: GIA
Those Who Love and Those Who Labor
Composer: Gaelic folk hymn
Text: Dearmer, Geoffrey
Publisher: GIA