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St. Patrick’s Confession
Patrick wrote the Confession in Latin when he was an old man. It is one of two surviving piece of writing by Patrick. The other writing that survived was his Letter to Coroticus.
The confession was written in the middle of the fifth century. It’s the only British or Irish autobiographical writing surviving from those years.
Patrick’s Early Years
Saint Patrick was the son of Calpurnius, a Roman deacon, and the grandson of Potitius, a Christian priest. Patrick was born in Britain with the name Patricius Magonus Sucatus. His exact birthplace and birthdate is unknown. From his Letter to Coroticus he says his father owned a farm near the village of Bannavem Taberniae, so this may have been his birthplace, but this village isn’t on any map of Roman Britain. There is no name close to it.
Saint Patrick’s birthdate is not known, but it was probably around the year 390.
Patrick didn’t care about school or religion when he was a child.
His early education ended at age 15. He was very embarrassed by this his whole life. Many times in his Confession he says his Latin is very bad because of his short education. Until he was age 16 he considered himself a pagan.
Patrick was about 16 years of age when he was kidnapped by Irish raiders. He was still a Pagan then. He was captured with thousands of other people and sold as slaves. Patrick was sold to Miliucc, a pagan chieftain-king. Patrick’s job was to care for a large flock of sheep belonging to the king.
Patrick was a slave for six years and he prayed many times a day. In his Confession he said "the love and fear of God more and more inflamed my heart, my faith enlarged, my spirit grew…I said a hundred prayers by day and almost as many by night. I arose before day in the snow, in the frost, and the rain, yet I received no harm—for then the spirit of God was within me."
One night Patrick heard a voice in his sleep say "It is well that you fast, soon you will go to your own country." Later he heard a voice say "See, your ship is ready."
Patrick, 22 years old at this time, escaped, and traveled for 200 miles on a word from God until he arrived at the ship.
Patrick says that when he arrived at the ship he told the Captain that he could pay for his journey, but the captain refused to take him aboard. But as Patrick walked away form the ship, praying desperately, one of the men shouted to him to come back. The ship was taking dogs to Gaul. After three days the ship reached land, and the crew traveled through deserted country without any food. The captain said to him "Tell me, Christian: you say that your God is great and all-powerful; why, then, do you not pray for us? As you can see, we are suffering from hunger; it is unlikely indeed that we shall ever see a human being again." Patrick said to him "Be truly converted with all your heart to the Lord my God, because nothing is impossible for Him, that this day He may send you food on your way until you be satisfied; for He has abundance everywhere." With the help of God, suddenly a herd of pigs appeared on the road. Later they reached habitation and Patrick found his family!
. He was 23.
Patrick’s Return to Ireland
For about 15 years he stayed in England, but then he dreamed of Ireland and determined to return to the land of his slavery as a missionary. He left his family, continued his education, studied to become a priest, and was ordained. St. Germanus named him bishop and sent him to Ireland to replace Bishop Palladium who had died there. At Tara in Meath he went to King Laoghaire with the Christian Bible confounded the druids. He converted the king’s daughters.
Saint Patrick wrote that he daily expected to be violently killed or enslaved again. He died in the year 461 on March 17 at Saul on Strangord Lough, Downpatrick.
Patrick’s Connection with Green and the Shamrock
The Irish people, in the late 18th century, chose the color green, the shamrock and Saint Patrick to
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