Tuesday 1 June 2010

Saint Columba Novena and Litany

To celebrate the feast of Saint Columba (June 9) here is a selection of prayers in his honour from the 1941 edition of Saint Anthony's Treasury. This edition contains many prayers to Irish saints, which have been successively whittled down in later printings. The 1975 edition preserves only the Novena Prayer to Saint Columba but there is a litany and a short prayer in the older printing too.

Novena to St. Columba

O Glorious St. Columba, in remembrance of the love you bore your native land in the golden days, when you declared your spirit would always be with us, we beg of you to intercede for us that we may worthily imitate your virtues, especially your great devotion to the Blessed Sacrament. Turn to Jesus on the altar, and never cease to pray for us until the fire of Divine Love burns brightly and steadfastly in every Irish heart. Obtain for our rulers and for all, the true spirit of charity. Let not your interest in the schools of Ireland be less than it was formerly. Bless the labours of those who work in them that the land you loved so well on earth may become again the "Isle of Saints and Scholars". We invoke your powerful intercession against the dread evils of intemperance and for the preservation of the faith and virtue of the Irish people. Pray for us now and always, that faithfully fulfilling the duties of our state, we may love Jesus and Mary with our whole hearts, and thus prove worthy of your love and protection. Amen.

Litany of St. Columba
(For private recitation only)

Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.
Holy Mary, pray for us
Queen of Angels, pray for us
Queen of all Saints, pray for us
St. Columba, greatest of Irish-born Saints, pray for us
St. Columba, most illustrious of Irish Scholars, pray for us
St. Columba, founder of Derry, pray for us
St. Columba, patron of Ireland, pray for us
St. Columba, apostle of Scotland, pray for us
St. Columba, dove of the Church, pray for us
St. Columba, Saint of the Eucharist, pray for us
St. Columba, companion of the Angels, pray for us
St. Columba, mirror of purity, pray for us
St. Columba, model of humility, pray for us
St. Columba, lover of temperance, pray for us
St. Columba, father of the poor, pray for us
St. Columba, protector of the innocent, pray for us
St. Columba, advocate of the oppressed, pray for us
St. Columba, friend of the children, pray for us
St. Columba, guardian of schools, pray for us
St. Columba, shield of our city, pray for us
St Oran, monk of Derry, pray for us
All ye holy Monks of Iona, pray for us
St. Bran, Nephew of St. Columba, pray for us
All ye holy Dead of Derry, pray for us
St. Martin, pray for us
All ye Patrons and Friends of St. Columba, pray for us

V. Pray for us, O dearest St. Columba.
R. That we may love the Sacred Heart of Jesus daily more and more.

Let us Pray

O God, Who didst vouchsafe to unveil to Thy Servant, Columba, the Angels who guard Thy Tabernacle, grant that we, whose privilege it is to pray where he knelt, may, through his intercession, be enabled to lead such lives of purity and holiness as will one day entitle us to behold those same Angels in the mansions of bliss, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prayer of St. Columba
(Feast, June 9th)

May the fire of God's love burn brightly and steadfastly in our hearts like the golden light within the sanctuary lamp. (Prayer of St. Columba in the Dubhregles of Derry.)

St. Anthony's Treasury - A Manual of Devotions (Anthonian Press, Dublin, 1941), 278-81.


Anonymous said...

Thank you for this post. Why did they remove these beautiful prayers from the 1975 edition?

Semper Eadem said...

This is a beautiful article. The Pope has asked us to pray for Ireland. We need to rediscover our devotion to the Holy Patrons of Ireland and to follow their holy example.

Brigit said...

I don't know the history behind the various reprints but perhaps once the Celtic revival movement had passed, the prayers to the native saints diminished in importance. Perhaps they just seemed to be old-fashioned as time went on. I really was taken aback at the range of saints included in the 1941 edition, there are prayers to less well-known saints including Ss. Rumold, Livinus, Fiach, Caimin, Cynoc and Peregrinus. I don't mind admitting that before starting my blog I had never heard of any of them. For some reason the 1975 edition retains a prayer to St Killian, patron of northern France yet has lost some of the prayers to patrons of Irish dioceses like St Munchin.

Anonymous said...

Can someone explain the references to Angels?

Random Thinker said...

Brigit you always do such a lovely job on these. I remember the old St. Anthonys Treasury. Wasnt it published out of Temple Street? I wonder if its still being printed. My recollections are from childhood. Are there any prayers for St. Brigit or St. Conleth in the SAT? I know that is isnt in your usual area but it would be a really interesting article to tell us the history of the St. Anthony Treasury with a side light on how it changed over the years.

An Auld Dubliner said...

I have happy memories of St. Anthony's Treasury and St. Anthony's Brief. What have we lost? The Anthonian Press was Number 1, Temple Street. They were the go to people for St. Philomena in their day.

Anonymous said...

Saints of Ireland pray for us!

Quis ut Deus said...

Thanks Brigit. Another winner.

Anonymous said...

Very interesting!!!

Brigit said...

Random Thinker,

Yes, there are prayers to Saint Brigid in the old SAT and they are scheduled to be published on this blog in the future.

Anon re: Angels- The entire third book of Adamnan's Life of St Columba is taken up with the various angelic visions granted to the saint.

Anonymous said...

Good stuff! I always look forward to these posts.

Deise Girl said...

Like I said for St. Oliver, we hear very little about our saints today. The Pope mentioned them in his letter but that is now forgotten.

JTS said...

Another job really well done Brigit! I always enjoy your posts. This one is particularly useful for promoting devotion to the Irish Saints that we have forgotten. This is something the Holy Father really intends us to regain. Good job!