A brief history: When Patrick was 16, he was captured from his home in Great Britain and taken as a slave to Ireland. He was there 6 years before returning to his home in Great Britain. His conversion to Christ began while he was a slave. He later returned to Ireland to preach the Gospel. He was marvelously used by God in this ministry and baptized thousands. He also ordained many as clergymen. He died on March 17.
Almost 12 percent of Americans claim Irish ancestry and over 80 million worldwide claim an ancestral connection to the “auld sod.”…Legend has it that if you are wearing the color green, the quintessentially Irish, fairy-like creatures called leprechauns won’t be able to see you. And if they can’t see you, they can’t pinch you.
Patrick was very eloquent in his prayers and his preaching. A good example is titled ST. PATRICK’S BREASTPLATE: “Christ be with me…Christ before me…Christ behind me…Christ in me…Christ beneath me…Christ above me…Christ on my right…Christ on my left…Christ where I lie…Christ where I sit…Christ where I arise…Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me…Christ in the mouth of every man who speaks to me…Christ in every eye that sees me…Christ in every ear that hears me…Salvation is of the Lord.”
It is obvious that St. Patrick was a ardent believer in and follower of Christ.
I close with two of his benedictions: “May God give you…for every storm, a rainbow, For every tear, a smile, For every care, a promise, And a blessing in each trial…For every problem life sends, a faithful friend to share, For every sigh, a sweet song…And an answer to each prayer.”
“May the road rise to meet you. May the wind always be at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face, and rains fall soft on your fields. And until we meet again, May God hold you in the palm of His hand.”