and then a servant of, Your people in Ireland. As he endured years of hardship as a slave, so help us to persevere through trials which seem to serve no purpose at the time.
As Saint Patrick’s time in Ireland served him well, after he was called to be a Bishop of that land, so help us to see how our suﬀerings strengthen us to do Your will.
Later, as Saint Patrick’s people withstood great hardship, protected Your word in monasteries, and
brought Your Church to many new lands, so help us also to grow in faithfulness to You, and be Your instruments of the world’s conversion.