Saturday, March 16, 2013

Remembering Patrick and the Coming of Christianity to Ireland

March 17 is the designated feast day to celebrate and remember Patrick who brought Christianity to Ireland in the years following 432.  How interesting this, another synchrotism, is that I've just finished the book Ireland. Above is part of Patrick's Lorica, words attributed to Patrick. I keep a copy of the entire piece in my Bible to read from time to time, especially during the serving of the Lord's Supper. (The entire Lorica is found below the book suggestions.)

Patrick, as a young boy, was captured by mauraders from northern England and transported across the Irish Sea to work as a shepherd slave. It is believed that tended sheep in the lonely area of Slemish, an ancient, extinct volcano in County Antrim, where he met the Creator of the All and eventually brought Christianity to the people of Ireland.
His story is well worth reading, and many books about him are available, some of the better ones are posted below. For a short but excellent brief about Patrick, see George Grant's Patrick: Missionary to Ireland.

St. Patrick's Day by Gail Gibbons (ages grammar and logic)
The Story of Saint Patrick by James Janda (ages grammar and logic)
Patrick: Patron Saint of Ireland by Tomie De Paola (ages grammar and logic)
How the Irish Saved Civilization by Thomas Cahill (ages rhetoric and up)
Patrick: Son of Ireland by Stephan Lawhead (ages rhetoric and up)

A DVD about Patrick’s life is St. Patrick: The Irish Legend, which can also be found at Netflix.

An interesting and helpful online resource of Patrick's Confessions is St. Patrick’s Confession.

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