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Saint Patrick is an Apostle of the Lamb. According to Electric Scotland, He was born near what is now Dumbarton, Scotland, circa 372. Dumbarton is just north of the Antonine Wall, which, in the second century, marked the northern border of Roman Britain, and the northernmost extent of the Roman Empire. Other sites say that he was born circa 386 in Britain (which today includes Scotland). So, everyone agrees that he was born in or just north of Roman Britain, and that he was not born in Hibernia (now named Ireland). He was captured and shipped to Hibernia as a slave. His parents were Roman citizens of high rank, Calphurnius and Conchessa (also called Cenevessa).

He eventually escaped enslavement, and returned by boat to Britain. From there, he made his way to France, and then to Rome, where Celestine commissioned him an evangelist. It is said that he heard Hibernian children in a dream, pleading with him to return, which he did. Hibernia observed Druid traditions, feasts, and rites. Palladius had already been commissioned to evangelize Hibernia, but the Druids drove him off.

With courage and many miracles, Patrick worked to disestablish Druidism, and establish Christianity. In the thirty-three years of his apostolate, he converted the whole island. Hibernia then became known as "The Island of Saints". In the Middle Ages, the island had many churches and monasteries.

Patrick died a bishop in 464. He is now patron of Ireland. His feast day is March 17.

St. Patrick's Confession
St. Patrick's Letter to the Soldiers of Coroticus

The Lorica (St. Patrick’s Breastplate)

Translation by Cecil Frances Alexander:

I bind unto myself today the strong Name
Of the Trinity,
By invocation of the same,
The Three in One, and One in Three.

I bind this day to me forever,
By power of faith, Christ’s Incarnation;
His baptism in the Jordan river;
His death on cross for my salvation;
His bursting from the spiced tomb;
His riding up the heavenly way;
His coming at the day of doom:
I bind unto myself today.

I bind unto myself the power
Of the great love of cherubim;
The sweet “Well done” in judgement hour;
The service of the seraphim;
Confessors’ faith, apostles’ word,
The patriarchs’ prayers, the prophets’ scrolls;
All good deeds done unto the Lord,
And purity of virgin souls.

I bind unto myself today
The virtues of the starlit heaven,
The glorious sun’s life-giving ray,
The whiteness of the moon at even,
The flashing of the lightning free,
The whirling wind’s tempestuous shocks,
The stable earth, the deep salt sea,
Around the old eternal rocks.

I bind unto myself today
The power of God to hold and lead,
His eye to watch, His might to stay,
His ear to hearken to my need;
The wisdom of my God to teach,
His hand to guide, His shield to ward;
The word of God to give me speech,
His heavenly host to be my guard
Against the demon snares of sin,
The vice that gives temptation force,
The natural lusts that war within,
The hostile men that mar my course;
Of few or many, far or nigh,
In every place, and in all hours
Against their fierce hostility,
I bind to me these holy powers.

Against all Satan’s spells and wiles,
Against false words of heresy,
Against the knowledge that defiles,
Against the heart’s idolatry,
Against the wizard’s evil craft,
Against the death-wound and the burning,
The choking wave and poisoned shaft,
Protect me, Christ, till thy returning.

Christ be with me,
Christ within me,
Christ behind me,
Christ before me,
Christ beside me,
Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort and restore me,
Christ beneath me,
Christ above me,
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of all that love me,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.

I bind unto myself the Name,
The strong Name of the Trinity,
By invocation of the same,
The Three in One, and One in Three.
Of whom all nature hath creation,
Eternal Father, Spirit, Word:
Praise to the Lord of my salvation,
Salvation is of Christ the Lord.


The Acappella Company sings Christ Above Me on their Only God album

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