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Monday, March 17, 2008

St. Patrick, Do You Know Him?

Layout below by Creative Team Member, Eva
Saint Patrick (Latin: Patricius[2], Irish: Naomh Pádraig) was a Christian missionary and is the patron saint of Ireland along with Brigid of Kildare and Columba. Patrick was born in Roman Britain. When he was about sixteen he was captured by Irish raiders and taken as a slave to Ireland, where he lived for six years before escaping and returning to his family. He entered the church, as his father and grandfather had before him, becoming a deacon and a bishop. He later returned to Ireland as a missionary, working in the north and west of the island, but little is known about the places where he actually worked and no link can be made with Patrick and any church. By the eighth century he had become the patron saint of Ireland. The Irish monastery system evolved after the time of Patrick and the Irish church did not develop the diocesan model that Patrick and the other early missionaries had tried to establish.

The available body of evidence does not allow the dates of Patrick's life to be fixed with certainty, but it appears that he was active as a missionary in Ireland during the second half of the fifth century. Two letters from him survive, along with later hagiographies from the seventh century onwards. Many of these works cannot be taken as authentic traditions. Uncritical acceptance of the Annals of Ulster (see below) would imply that he lived from 378 to 493, and ministered in modern day northern Ireland from 433 onwards.

Layout to the right by one of Amie's CT members, Crystal.


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You can find more about St. Patrick and St. Patrick's Day here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Patrick

1 comment:

RitaS said...

And he really did not drive snakes out of Ireland as folklare tells, as there never were snakes in Ireland. (as I have been told) Yep - I did know this as I put it in the church newsletter years ago. I meant to post it on my blog along with the inspiring words from his breastplate, but God revealed something to me that I had to share instead...and my blog just became too long. Kind of like this comment! So glad you shared this Karma!