The History of St. Patrick

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Patrick was born around 385 in Scotland, probably Kilpatrick. His parents were Romans living in Britain.  As a boy of fourteen, he was captured during a raiding party and taken to Ireland as a slave. Ireland at this time was a land of pagans. He learned the language and practices of the people who held him.

Patrick's captivity lasted until he was twenty, when he escaped after having a dream from God. He reunited with his family.

  He had another dream that the Irish were calling out to him "We beg you, holy youth, to come and walk among us once more." He studies and was ordained a priest then a bishop.

   Patrick was sent to take the Gospel to Ireland. He arrived March 25 433. He met a tribal chief who tried to kill him, but through a miracle of paralysis, Patrick converted him.

   Patrick began preaching the Gospel throughout Ireland, converting many. He obtained disciples who carried the mission further.  Churches sprang up all over the country. Kings, their families, and entire kingdoms converted to Christianity when hearing Patrick's message.

   Patrick preached and converted all of Ireland in 40 years. He worked many miracles and wrote of his love for God in Confessions. After years of living in poverty, traveling and enduring much suffering he died March 17, 461 at Saul, where he had built the first church.


St, Patrick’s Breastplate

"I rise today with the power of God to pilot me,

   God's strength to sustain me, God's wisdom to guide me,

   God's eye to look ahead for me, God's ear to hear me,

   God's word to speak for me, God's hand to protect me. . .

   from the snares of devils, from evil temptations,

   from nature's failings, from all who wish to harm me,

   far or near, alone and in a crowd.

   . . . . . . . .

   I rise today, invoking the Trinity, believing in threeness,

   confessing the oneness, of creation's Creator.

   For to the Lord belongs salvation.

   May your salvation, Lord, be with us always."


   --excerpted from Celtic Christian Spirituality by Oliver

   Davies and Fiona Bowie (SPCK, 1995)