St. Patrick’s Day Mass on Wednesday

March 15, 2010

For many people, St. Patrick’s Day has become synonymous with parties, but it actually is the feast honoring Ireland’s patron saint. Archbishop Donald W. Wuerl will celebrate Mass in honor of St. Patrick in a traditional Mass:

Wednesday, March 17, 2010
11:30 a.m.
St. Patrick’s in the City
619 Tenth Street, NW, Washington, DC

Before Mass, a bagpiper from the DC Emerald Society will provide music outside the church. Following Mass, Irish dancers from the O’Neill-James School of Dance will perform outside the church (approximately 12:30 p.m.).

Music for choir, harp and violin will be featured. A representative from the Embassy of Ireland will attend.

Saint Patrick lived from approximately 385-461. According to tradition, he used the shamrock, or three-leaved clover, to explain the doctrine of the Blessed Trinity. Just as the one plant consisted of three leaves, so does the one God consist of three Divine Persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. St. Patrick was a missionary considered responsible for spreading Christianity throughout Ireland.

St. Patrick’s Church, the oldest Catholic parish in the original District of Columbia, was established in 1794. The church is located at 10th and G Streets, NW. Metro: Metro Center (11th Street exit) or Gallery Place (9th Street exit). For more information, call 202-347-2713 (Media contact: 301-853-4516).

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