- NAME: St. Patrick
- OCCUPATION: Saint
- BIRTH DATE: c. 385
- PLACE OF BIRTH: England, United Kingdom
- AKA: Saint Patrick
- AKA: St. Patrick
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St. Patrick is Ireland's patron saint, known for spreading Christianity throughout the country as a missionary during the 5th century.
Saint Patrick - The Druid (2:24)
Saint Patrick was depicted to be a "Warrior of God," taking on a similar image to Irish-Pagan heroes of the past.
A battle between Saint Patrick and the Druid takes place with mystical events and items, such as magic cloaks and a duel of miracles.
Although he was born into an elite family, he lived in shame after being sold into slavery in Ireland.
When confessing his sin to his friend, Saint Patrick was attacked by his elders and his church for what he had done.
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Born in England arguably in the late 4th century A.D., St. Patrick was captured by pirates as a child and brought to Ireland. During his enslavement, he was called to Christianity and escaped his captors after six years. He returned to Ireland as a missionary, and in his teachings, combined Irish pagan beliefs with Christian sacrament, devising the Celtic Cross. He is annually honored on March 17.
"If I have any worth, it is to live my life for God so as to teach these peoples, even though some of them still look down on me."
"I am certain in my heart that all that I am, I have received from God."
"I am at a loss to know whether to weep more for those they killed or those that are captured, or indeed for these men themselves whom the devil has taken fast for his slaves."
"I am imperfect in many things, nevertheless I want my brethren and kinsfolk to know my nature so that they may be able to perceive my soul's desire."
"Before I was humiliated I was like a stone lying in the deep mire."
"I am Patrick, a sinner, most unlearned, the least of all the faithful, and utterly despised by many."
"The Lord opened the sense of my unbelief that I might at last remember my sins and be converted with all my heart."
"It is honorable to reveal and confess the works of God."
"By the tongue will be discovered the wise man, and understanding, and knowledge, and the teaching of truth."
"We ought to fish well and diligently."
"I blush and fear exceedingly to reveal my lack of education."
St. Patrick, apostle of Ireland, was born in England circa 385. His father, Calphurnius, was a deacon from a Roman family of high social standing. His mother, Conchessa, was a close relative of the great patron St. Martin of Tours. St. Patrick's grandfather, Pontius, was also a member of the clergy. Surprisingly, St. Patrick himself was not raised with a strong emphasis on religion. Education was not particularly stressed during his childhood either. Later in life, this would become a source of embarrassment for St. Patrick, who in the early 440s, would write in his Confessio, "I blush and fear exceedingly to reveal my lack of education."
When St. Patrick was 16 years old, he was captured by Irish pirates. They brought him to Ireland where he was sold into slavery in Dalriada. There, his job was to tend sheep. Saint Patrick's master, Milchu, was a high priest of Druidism, a Pagan sect that ruled religious influence over Ireland at the time.
St. Patrick came to view his enslavement as God's test of his faith. During his six years of captivity, he became deeply devoted to Christianity through constant prayer. In a vision, he saw the children of Pagan Ireland reaching out their hands to him. With this, he grew increasingly determined to free the Irish from Druidism by converting them to Christianity.
Circa 408, the idea of escaping enslavement came to St. Patrick in a dream. In the dream, a voice promised him he would find his way home to England. Eager to see the dream materialize, St. Patrick convinced some sailors to let him board their ship. After three days of sailing, he and the crew abandoned the ship in France and wandered, lost, for 28 days—covering 200 miles of territory in the process. At last, St. Patrick was reunited with his family in England.
Now a free man, St. Patrick went to Auxerre, France where he studied and entered the priesthood under the guidance of the missionary St. Germain. As time passed, St. Patrick never lost sight of his vision: he was determined to convert Ireland to Christianity. C. 431, Pope St. Celestine I consecrated St. Patrick Bishop of the Irish, and sent him to Ireland to spread "The Good News," or Christian Gospel, to the Pagans there.
Upon his arrival in Ireland, St. Patrick was initially met with hostile resistance. But St. Patrick quickly managed to spread Christian teachings far and wide. Through preaching, writing and performing countless baptisms, he convinced Pagan Druids that they were worshiping idols under a belief system that kept them enslaved. By accepting Christianity, he told them, they would be elevated to "the people of the Lord and the sons of God."
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