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St. Patrick

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Photo: of statue of Saint Patrick in Ireland. Statue of Saint Patrick located at his mountain in Western Ireland. 

Ca. 373 - Ca. 493 A.D. _________________   

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Tell others about Jesus like St. Patrick did:

Though not all Christians are called to the ministry of an Evangelist, we are all called by God to share our faith (witness) with those who are not Christians.  Some Bible verses that you will find helpful for doing this, and that you may want to commit to memory are found on other pages on our  web site (see: Memory Verses; 2nd Set: Salvation!, Plan of Salvation, and Statement of Faith). _________________

 

by Monk Preston ______________________________

"I bind this day to me forever;                    By power of faith, Christ's Incarnation;   His baptism in the Jordan River;              His death on cross for my salvation;         His bursting from the spicéd tomb;           His riding up the heavenly way;                His coming at the Day of Doom;                    I bind unto myself today."

-from St. Patrick's "Breastplate" Prayer

(Hear entire St. Patrick's Entire "Breastplate" Prayer ("Lorica") read aloud with Slideshow & Celtic Music)

 Age 16-22: A Slave In Ireland

What is unusual about Patrick (compared to others of his time period) is that much of what we know about him comes from his own writings.  

The young Patricius was raised in a Roman home on the west coast of Britain.  It was a Christian home, but Patrick was not interested in Christianity.  He says in his writings that at that time he didn't even believe in God.

At the age of sixteen he was captured by Irish raiders and taken to Ireland, where he served in slavery as a shepherd for six long years.  Ill-clad, cold, and hungry, he gave his life to Christ (see: Plan of Salvation).  Now he would pray all day long.  At the end of the six years, he heard a voice saying, "Your hungers are rewarded: you are going home.  Look, your ship is ready."

"I came in God's strength...and had nothing to fear."

Patrick was far inland.  He started walking, and traveled for over two-hundred miles.  Amazingly, since he was a runaway slave, he was not stopped, or even questioned.  Patrick wrote, "I came in God's strength...and had nothing to fear."  When he reached  the south-east Irish coast, he saw a ship, and asked to go with them, but was refused.  He went to pray, and heard one of the sailors calling out that they had changed their minds, and he could come with them after all. 

Patrick's Dream

The ship went to the continent, and it was a few years before Patrick made it home.  One night he had a dream in which someone named Victoricus handed him a pile of letters.  Patrick took one, and at the top read the words, "The Voice of the Irish."  Then he heard many Irish voices crying, "We beg you to come and walk among us once more."  Patrick wrote that at that moment he felt like he was "stabbed in the heart."  He couldn't read any longer.  He woke up. _________________________________

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Ireland Receives Christ

Patrick probably studied at two monasteries in Gaul (France), Lerins (founded by Honoratus in 410 A.D.) and Auxerre (founded by Germaine in 422 A.D.).  He was ordained, and spent 15 years at the Church of Auxerre.  In 432 A.D., he was made a Bishop.  He returns to Ireland to preach the Gospel.  Kings are converted.  Druid Priests give their lives to Jesus.  Across Ireland, the Irish people receive Christ as their Lord and Saviour.

One God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit

One of the stories told of Patrick was that concerning the High King at Tara asking for an explanation of the Trinity.  How could God be Three and One at the same time?  Without saying a word, Patrick bent and plucked a single clover from the grass, holding it up before the King. Three leaves, yet only one clover. Some say this may not have actually happened because the Irish already thought in terms of threes, triads, or trinities.  In any case, it shows the strong orthodox Nicene Trinitarian beliefs of Patrick.

         I bind unto myself the Name,
The strong Name of the Trinity;
By invocation of the same.
The Three in One, and One in Three,
Of Whom all nature hath creation,
Eternal Father, Spirit, Word:
Praise to the Lord of my salvation,
Salvation is of Christ the Lord.
      

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...to view some of the Bible Verses revealing God as a Trinity, see: What We Believe (Page 1 of 3).         

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