Skip to comments.St. Patrick
Posted on 03/17/2005 8:30:29 AM PST by kellynla
Apostle of Ireland, born at Kilpatrick, near Dumbarton, in Scotland, in the year 387; died at Saul, Downpatrick, Ireland, 17 March, 493.
He had for his parents Calphurnius and Conchessa. The former belonged to a Roman family of high rank and held the office of decurio in Gaul or Britain. Conchessa was a near relative of the great patron of Gaul, St. Martin of Tours. Kilpatrick still retains many memorials of Saint Patrick, and frequent pilgrimages continued far into the Middle Ages to perpetuate there the fame of his sanctity and miracles.
In his sixteenth year, Patrick was carried off into captivity by Irish marauders and was sold as a slave to a chieftan named Milchu in Dalriada, a territory of the present county of Antrim in Ireland, where for six years he tended his master's flocks in the valley of the Braid and on the slopes of Slemish, near the modern town of Ballymena. He relates in his "Confessio" that during his captivity while tending the flocks he prayed many times in the day: "the love of God", he added,
and His fear increased in me more and more, and the faith grew in me, and the spirit was roused, so that, in a single day, I have said as many as a hundred prayers, and in the night nearly the same, so that whilst in the woods and on the mountain, even before the dawn, I was roused to prayer and felt no hurt from it, whether there was snow or ice or rain; nor was there any slothfulness in me, such as I see now, because the spirit was then fervent within me.
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>died at Saul, Downpatrick, Ireland, 17 March, 493.
He didn't die on the 17th. He died on the 8th or the 9th and they didn't know which, so they added the two together to come up with the 17th.
Yes, I've read it. Great read which most don't know.
Thanks. Although my grandson attended 1st communion classes againlast night, when I asked him this morning who St Patrick was, he answered, "a preacher?" Now I can give him this.
Died at 106 years old? Is that right? I admit my knowledge of St. Patrick is a bit limited.
"I admit my knowledge of St. Patrick is a bit limited."
Well that's why I posted this brief biography of St. Patrick. Since the feast of St. Patrick is a feast day in Ireland and is not about booze and getting drunk. Most people know little about the history of Ireland and the Irish and even less about St. Patrick.
He was one of the most famous and most successful illegal aliens in History ...
This is another good thread from a few days ago:
T-minus 12 minutes till I can head home for the Guinness (I know, feast day I should be reverant, but hey I'm an American after all)...Happy St Patrick's Day!
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