Bringing The Grotto to You Day 2: Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick Prayer

I arise today Through the strength of heaven;

Light of the sun, Splendor of fire, Speed of lightning,

Swiftness of the wind, Depth of the sea,Stability of the earth,

Firmness of the rock.

I arise today Through God’s strength to pilot me;

God’s might to uphold me, God’s wisdom to guide me,

God’s eye to look before me, God’s ear to hear me,

God’s word to speak for me, God’s hand to guard me,

God’s way to lie before me, God’s shield to protect me,

God’s hosts to save me,

Afar and anear, Alone or in a multitude.

Christ shield me today Against wounding

Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me,

Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me,

Christ on my right, Christ on my left,

Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down,

Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,

Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,

Christ in the eye that sees me, Christ in the ear that hears me.

I arise today Through the mighty strength Of the Lord of creation.

A Very Special Performance

In 2016, Irish singer Chloe Agnew, from the group Celtic Women, performed “Danny Boy” in The Grotto’s Chapel of Mary. She was accompanied by pianist Dermot Kiernan.

Click here to watch her performance via YouTube.

The Greens of The Grotto

The Grotto wears green every day of the year. And during springtime, the varieties of green are endless. It is truly a feast for the eyes.

Please enjoy these photos, taken throughout the year, from our glorious gardens.

Reflections in a pond in the Peace Garden in the Upper Gardens
Forest surrounds the Stations of the Cross path on the lower level
The Statue of St. Joseph sits among a grove of towering firs
Water falls at the shrine to St. Philip Benizi on the lower level
The labyrinth in the Upper Gardens is a place for meditation and reflection
A view looking out from St. Anne’s Chapel in the Upper Gardens
It’s hard to believe you are in the middle of a city in the Peace Garden
Trysting trees abound at The Grotto