Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Happy Saint Patrick's Day Everyone!
See Tea at Trianon for Saint Patrick's beautiful prayer, the Cry of the Deer (or Saint Patrick's Breastplate). This is one of my favorite prayers, made even more beautiful to me its name. The legend is that one of the Irish kings was warned against Patrick, who was proclaimed a "falsifier who is deceiving everyone." When the army plotted to attack Patrick in 433, there was a fog but all the soldiers could see were deer at the edge of the woods. But the next morning there were only the tracks of men at the edge of the wood, leading to the belief that Saint Patrick had been miraculously changed into a deer so that he could escape. According to the tradition, Saint Patrick composed the Cry of the Deer while in flight from this ambush.