An Irish blessing may be found on the wall of the church where St. Patrick was baptised.
It is a blessing given by the archbishop of Cork, Michael Coates, to the church’s patron saint, St. Michael, as the archdiocese prepares to hold its new parish at a site near Dublin.
The archbishop told the Irish Times newspaper in an interview on Thursday that he is in talks with Cork City Council and the county to arrange the ceremony, which will take place this month.
The cathedral church in Cork’s east was built in 1488, the same year as St. Andrew’s, the patron saint of Ireland.
In 1833, it was granted a new archbishop, Michael Martin, who became the first Irish-born bishop of Cork.
The church was also granted the designation of “church of the Lord” by the United Kingdom government, which in 2014 declared that it would be used to house asylum seekers from Central America.
The building’s former interior was restored and now houses a reception hall and chapel.
Coates said he was asked by the Irish church to be patron saint for the parish church at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Cork.
He said he thought of St. Mike, the bishop of the Irish nation, in particular as he prepared to take up his post.
“I don’t think of St Michael as patron saint.
It’s not my job to be the patron of other churches,” he said.
“There’s no reason why I shouldn’t be patron of St Patrick’s.”
Coates also said that he will not be a patron of the newly constructed church.
“If we’re doing this as a church, I don’t want to be associated with it in any way,” he told the Times.
“We’re doing it as a parish and we’re going to have our own rules.”