Saint Patrick


Patron Saint of Ireland and Nigeria (adopted), feast day 17th March. This man who dedicated his life to preaching the gospel message to the Irish, began as a slave taken by Irish pirates from his home in Roman Britain. Later in his teens he escaped, but it was through a vision/dream, that he returned with a determination. Thank God that men and women like him have the courage and strength even today to go out to far flung parts of the world to tell the good news about Jesus. Patrick wrote two key documents about his life and ministry before he died, the Confessio and the epistle to Coroticus. These letters are the most valuable record we have as a window into Celtic paganism and the conditions of the day. Patrick achieved much in his life time, with the establishment of key missionary centers, the training of men to follow him. The establishment of Bangor in noth-county Down and many church’s across the province of Ulster. Patrick always described himself ‘as a sinner‘. some people may not like to hear that, but that is the facts.

Both letters also quote the same scriptures at the beginning. 1 Timothy 1:15-16, 1 Corinthians 15:8-10. 

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