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Although it is custom to not observe feast days that happen to fall within Holy Week, at least one bishop in Ireland has agreed to retain the observance today. I think the rationale is that apart from the mission of Patrick many of us (our family included) might not even know to observe Holy Week.

Could I have come to Ireland without thought of God, merely in my own interest? Who was it made me come? For here “I am a prisoner of the Spirit” so that I may not see any of my family. Can it be out of the kindness of my heart that I carry out such a labor of mercy on a people who once captured me when they wrecked my father’s house and carried off his servants? For by descent I was a freeman, born of a decurion father; yet I have sold this nobility of mine, I am not ashamed, nor do I regret that it might have meant some advantage to others. In short, I am a slave in Christ to this faraway people for the indescribable glory of “everlasting life which is in Jesus Christ our Lord.” Acts 20.22 Rom. 6.-23

– Bishop Saint Patrick of Ireland, Epistola to the Soldiers of Coroticus, 3.10.

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