Morris County Saint Patrick’s Day Parade March 9, 2019
THE MASS IN CELEBRATION OF SAINT PATRICK
10:00 am Assumption Church, 91 Maple Avenue, Morristown, NJ
The MASS is the most important aspect of honoring Saint Patrick. It is, therefore, fitting that The Saint Patrick’s Day Parade will commence with an Irish Mass. The offerings of Irish Cultural gifts will be presented to the altar by friends of our 2019 Grand Marshal, Father Patrick “Paddy” O’Donovan.
These offerings are:
THE EASTER RISING 1916
We remember those who fought and died for Ireland’s independence
Saint Patrick converted Irish pagans to Christianity by using the shamrock. The three leaves on one stem represent the Blessed Trinity, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
SAINT BRIGID’S CROSS
Saint Brigid was born in the mid-11th century to Dubhtach, a pagan chieftain, and a slave woman. Among Ireland’s many saints she is second only to Saint Patrick because of her charity and kindness. To explain the passion to a dying pagan, she wove a cross from the rushes strewn on the floor. During the Penal Times, Priests were forbidden to offer Mass. Secret Masses would be said in homes. When soldiers approach the cross would be thrown into the open fire, so no trace of the religious symbol would remain.
The Holy Bible can be found in almost every Irish home. The Old Testament and the New Testament are the foundation of our faith.
The Candle is a symbol of Christ, who lights up the world and abolishes darkness. The Candle is used at Mass and other religious ceremonies. The Candle, like Christ, spreads warmth and light to the world.
The potato is a reminder of the mid-19th century Irish Famine. This devastating disaster caused mass emigration to other countries and most never returned to Ireland.
The Harp symbolizes the most ancient and beloved traditional Celtic Music. It dates back to the time of “Tara’s Halls”, where the High Kings of Ireland lived.
THE IRISH PENAL ROSARY
During the persecution of the Church the faithful went underground and the Irish Penal Rosary became necessary as it could be easily hidden in the hand or up the sleeve.
THE CELTIC CROSS
Saint Patrick or possibly Saint Declan introduced the Celtic Cross while converting the Irish pagan to Christianity. It is said that Saint Patrick combined the symbol of Christianity, the Cross, with the pagan belief in the power of the Sun.
MUSIC & DANCE
Step Dancing and Music are part of the Irish Culture. These rich traditions have been carried on from generation to generation.
BREAD – WATER – WINE
Bread is the staff of life, and at Mass our celebrant will consecrate the Hosts which become the Body of Christ who died for our salvation. The celebrant will also consecrate the Water and Wine which become the Blood of Christ which he shed for our redemption.
At Noon after the Mass, The Parade will begin.
“HAPPY SAINT PATRICK’S DAY!”