Cardinal Moran’s Prayer to Saint Brigid

O glorious St Brigid,

Mother of the Churches of Erin,

Patroness of our missionary race,

wherever their lot may be cast,

be thou our guide in the paths of virtue,

protect us amid temptation,

shield us from danger.

Preserve us to the heritage of chastity and temperance;

keep ever brightly burning

on the altar of our hearts

the sacred fire of Faith,

Charity, and Hope,

that thus we may emulate the ancient piety

of Ireland’s children,

and the Church of Erin

may shine with peerless glory as of old.

Thou wert styled by our fathers

“The Mary of Erin” ;

secure for us by thy prayers

the all-powerful protection

of the Blessed Virgin,

that we may be numbered here

among her most fervent clients,

and may hereafter merit a place together with thee

and the countless Saints of Ireland,

in the ranks of her triumphant children in Paradise.

Amen.

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