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Celtic Saints. Part-Four.

Saint Patrick. March 17th.

Patrick probably has the place of honour in relation to being the spark that started the Celtic Church. He was the man who established Bangor Abbey in north county Down, which was to be a major center for outreach with the Gospel message to the west of Britain.

Patrick was always reluctant to be praised by men, because he knew what was their ultimate agenda. Patrick came to Ireland as a slave, but after escaping and returning he was blessed in leading the pagan Irish to Christianity in the north and west. So Ireland has been blessed in many ways over the last 1500 years because of the hard work of Patrick.

Today you can continue to share in that work, because God’s work to save the lost never ends. But one day it will at the end of the ages. So you need to know which side of eternity will you be on?   Matthew 19:17, 1 Corinthians 15:8-10, 1 Timothy 1:15-16, John 3:17, Luke 19:10.

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Saint Patrick. Part-two.

What we today know about this man, is generally from legends about him. But the historical facts show us that he was a very active and determined Christian believer, who wanted to evangelize a remote part of the northern region of the island of Ireland. Today known as the province of Ulster.

From landing at Saul in County Down and the establishment of that first cell Church there, he went on to reach out to the areas around Strangford Lough. But later in his life Greyabbey, Nedrum and Movilla were to be important centers of the new Celtic community. We learn a lot about him from his writings, about being delayed and held up by various tribes. We also see that other Christians for financial gains sold communities to pirates and slave traders. At the end of Patrick’s life he died in the Antrim hills and was returned to Bangor for burial.

It was the Normans who had his body dug up and moved to Downpatrick. Patrick has had an massive impact on Ireland and through the good works of nuns and priests in helping the people of Nigeria, they have adopted him as their patron saint too. It is from Patrick that later men and women went out from Ireland to Scotland, Wales, and Cornwall and many other places, probably of no return to serve their Lord and master Jesus.

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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