I'd forgotten all about St Patrick's day until this morning, when I was deluged with loads of St Patrick day emails in my inbox! I haven't made a St Patrick's day kit or anything, but here are a few random facts about St Patrick:

  • Kidnapped at 16 by Irish raiders and taken from his native Wales to Ireland. There he was sold as a slave to an Irish chieftain.
  • For six years he tended the flocks of his master, spending the days and nights in prayer.
  • He escaped and made his way to Britain, where he became a priest and later a Bishop.
  • He returned to Ireland as a missionary and played a major part in converting the Irish to Christianity.

The following is part of a prayer attributed to St Patrick:

Christ with me, Christ before me,
Christ behind me, Christ within me,
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ at my right, Christ at my left,
Christ in the fort,
Christ in the chariot seat,
Christ in the poop [deck],
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks to me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.

Tim Hughes wrote the song, My Everything, based on this prayer and I made the above tag last year to include in our church notices.

Well, that's all for now. I need to run a payroll, finalise some company accounts and prepare a corporation tax return all before I go line dancing tonight....I lead such an exciting life! I'll be back probably tomorrow with another "Hurry up and get here Spring" alpha, this time based on the brown flowery paper as requested by ABC. I have finished the alpha but won't get time to zip it and upload it until tomorrow sometime.