- St Patrick's life
- Themes from the Roman Catholic lectionary readings for the Feast of St Patrick
- Popular devotion to Patrick, and hymns associated with Ireland.
"Free-to-use" means the words can be copied and sung to at least one tune with no concerns about copyright or performance licensing. Many such hymns are old/traditional - but where possible a variety of styles / genres are included.
Note: If St Patrick's feast-day falls on a Sunday, consult guidelines from the local bishop's conference about whether the feast-day readings and themes are used.
Readings (Feast of St Patrick):First: Jeremiah - Before I formed you in the womb I knew you ... you are anointed a prophet to the nations.
Psalm: Psalm 116 - Go out to the whole world and tell the Good News.
Second: Acts - I have made you a light for the nations, so my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.
Gospel: Luke - Jesus sends 72 out to preach - they are welcomes in his name.
ThemesSt Patrick. Mission, taking the message of Christ.
All Hail to St Patrick
An Irish Blessing
Australia's Salute to St Patrick
Be Thou my Vision
Christ be Near at Either Hand
Christ be with Me
Dóchas Linn Naomh Pádraig
Hail Glorious St Patrick
Hibernia's Champion Saint all Hail
In Christ there is no East or West
O Breathe on me O Breath of God
St Patrick's Breastplate
(The original "St Patrick's Lorica" is in Irish. Many hymns based on translations of it have been produced. This one by Cecil F Alexander is now public domain, but many newer ones, eg "Christ be Beside Me" are not.)
The Hymn of Fiacc
The King of Love my Shepherd Is (Irish tune)
Those who Love and Those who Labour
To do Your Will