Saint Patrick

Happy St. Patrick’s Day.

I’ll bet you’re wearing green today and celebrating Irish things in one way or another.

But do you know anything about the real Saint Patrick, or as we Baptists probably prefer, “Patrick of Ireland”?

Contrary to what the holiday celebrations may cause you to believe, he was not an irresponsible frat guy with a tendency to dress in kelly green and swill Bud Light at 10:30 in the morning.

Patrick of Ireland is also known as “The Apostle to Ireland”. He gave his life to spread the gospel amongst the pagan druids in early-5th-century Ireland.

We have some details of his life, which are very interesting. Around age 16, he was abducted in Britain and taken as a slave to Ireland. He tended his master’s flock for 6 years until he felt God calling him to escape, which he did – and found a way back to his home.

After a successful tenure in the church in Britain, he felt God calling him back to the place of his enslavement – Ireland – to preach the gospel to the pagans. This mission was not an easy one; he was beaten, robbed, imprisoned, and certainly faced execution a number of times. Despite the opposition, he clearly had God’s grace in his mission to Ireland. He baptized thousands and left behind him a trail of trained priests, who led the new Christian communities he had planted.

Quite a fascinating story. Do a little more research on the guy today, if you have the time.

For now, though, I’ll leave you with a portion of “The Prayer of St. Patrick”, believed to have been composed by this man – the Apostle to Ireland.

I bind to myself today The strong virtue of the Invocation of the Trinity: I believe the Trinity in the Unity The Creator of the Universe.

I bind to myself today The virtue of the Incarnation of Christ with His Baptism, The virtue of His crucifixion with His burial, The virtue of His Resurrection with His Ascension, The virtue of His coming on the Judgement Day.

I bind to myself today God’s Power to guide me, God’s Might to uphold me, God’s Wisdom to teach me, God’s Eye to watch over me, God’s Ear to hear me, God’s Word to give me speech, God’s Hand to guide me, God’s Way to lie before me, God’s Shield to shelter me, God’s Host to secure me, Against the snares of demons, Against the seductions of vices.

Happy Apostle to Ireland’s Day.

Posted March 17, 2011 by The Spillover

One Response to “Saint Patrick”

  1. no green on, but i think its really interesting to know the history. i was debating with myself to do a rant on how many english people are celebrating st patricks, and if the actually know when st georges day is?!

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