Thank you for taking time to visit, and I hope I am even a tiny bit helpful as I have been helped and blessed by so many others. I have been doing Calligraphy since teens, and card making for many years as well. In 1990 I delighted in the joys of stamping with ink and embossing after a trip to Cairns, Qld. In 2009 I discovered the brayer, 2010 the Cuttlebug, also have now taking to reading up on crafting blogs and lo! Here I am, on one of my own.

I live on the coast of eastern Australia. I am a Christian. I trusted in the LORD down here at the beach, amazingly it is not far from where I now live. It was over 40 years ago, after a Beach Mission Service at the age of 12 years

Sunday, 17 March 2019

St Patrick - Will the Real St Patrick please stand up!

This post is taken mainly from notes by a dear friend, Robin J. She prepared it for a Ladies High Tea. (Image is Robin J. dressed up as St Patrick! 😊)

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There is much not known for sure about St Patrick, or Patricus, as he called himself. Today the 17th of March is commonly celebrated as St Patrick's day, and legend has it was the date of his death. God however does not allow everything to be revealed.
Thankfully we may stand on God's word as surely as St Patrick did!
Born around 375 AD near Glasgow to a Roman family, one of 7 children in a Christian home.
His Father was a deacon, and his Grandfather an elder, and they were a wealthy family. 
His real name was Maewyn Succat (later he changed it to Patricus, when a missionary).
Patricus means "fatherly".
Attending church, he learned of Jesus and Bible, but was NOT a lover of God or a saved man.
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At 16, Irish pirates invaded his villiage, he and his two sisters were among 1,000 captives sold as slaves over the Irish sea in Northern Ireland.
Patrick was sold to a wealthy but cruel Druid. He lived for 6 years in caves and outdoors as a shepherd. He had no food allowance (told "go hunt") and declares he was almost naked, starving and cruelly treated.
He began to pray. He believed God was punishing him for his sin and neglect of the Bible, and not believing in Jesus. He called upon God up to 100 times in a day. 
He believed now in his troubles, that Jesus truly was "the way, the truth and the life, and that no man comes to the Father but by Me" John 14:6
He confessed his sin to God in prayer (I John 1:9) and up there in Slemish Mt., Antrim Co. he was born again (John 3:3) and made part of God's family. (Romans 10:13).
At the end of six years, he believed a dream he had and walked 200 miles to reach a ship to Caledonia. (Romans 12:1,2)  In his twenties, he studied thd Bible and Latin in France, and was ordained as a priest. (2 Tim 2:15)
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He dreamed of the other slaves back in Ireland calling him to teach them (Acts 16:9). He went, although his family didn’t not give their blessing.
Patrick preached from handwritten Latin gospels and established halls (Scriptorium) where laymen spent time copying the scriptures.
Each place he went to this was the pattern: preach, copy the Bible, establish a church. 
For over 30 years Patrick travelled all over Ireland. He did not marry but lived celibate for freedom to minister. Priests were allowed to marry in these times (12th century celibacy became mandatory).
Monasteries started in late 500's so Patrick was not in this era either.
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Legends:
Legend 1 - Was never actually canonized a saint, as there was no system for it, nor a Catholic church in this era. (Details here). He is however rightly commonly recognised as the patron saint of Ireland.
Legend 2: Snakes eradicated by St. Patrick. There were according to archaeology no snakes ever in Ireland post the last Ice Age, so none to eradicate.
Legend 3: Trinity was explained, the unity of "three in one" or trinity by the clover or shamrock ☘️
 common in Ireland. No evidence to contrary. 
Patricus had several writings with some of his life story revealed, written during his ministry. Two are  surviving even today.
His deep love for the Irish, learning Gaelic as a slave, his Christian home were all part of God's plan to equip him as a missionary.
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Today in the 21st century we also need to know the Lord Jesus personally, to pray and offer our lives for Him to use.
He died around 471 AD (exact date not known), and legend says he is buried in Co. Donegal. But Patrick is not there, for his soul and spirit are in heaven with the Lord he loved.
(Absent from the body, present with the Lord  - see full passage HERE 2 Cor. 5:6- 8) 
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God is good, all the time!
How God blessed the Irish and Ireland by His faithful servant Patricus.
It challenges us afresh to do as Patricus did, believe as he believed and follow on!
I pray this has blessed you.
If it blesses you, please kindly bless me in return with a comment.
Prayer hugs, Shaz in Oz. X

8 comments:

Betsy said...

I had read much of this before but found it interesting to read many more details I hadn’t known. Oh, to have the faith he did and be willing to sacrifice all for our Lord and Savior. Thank you for taking the time to share this with us dear Shaz.
Blessings,
Betsy

kiwimeskreations said...

Well written my precious sister
Blessings
Maxine

Kathryn Frantz said...

Thank you, Blessings to you.

loz said...

Thanks for the info on St Patrick Shaz. I have never heard his story before but my father always told me he rid Ireland of snakes, now I know he was telling a Tall story....Loz

MiamiKel said...

What a wonderful and inspirational piece you've written here! I love the history behind this and the wonderful picture :) Having Irish heritage, it's always a day we enjoy!

Felix the Crafty Cat said...

Thanks for this interesting story, you are so knowledgeable. Have a lovely week. Sending you big hugs, Angela xXx

LilArtsyWoman said...

Great information and enjoyable to read.

Conniecrafter said...

very interesting post I did not know all of this about him :)

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