Patrick

Learn the history and meaning of the name Patrick.

Meaning:  Noble-man; Honorable; Chivalrous

The first most-noted Patrick was the Saint, whose day is observed around the world. He was kidnapped and sent to Ireland as a slave. And during this time of servitude he became a devout Christian. After six years – he escaped and was reunited with his family.

In the 5th century, Patrick returned to Ireland to serve as a missionary. The area had come out of the Dark Age and towns were mostly rural and dispersed. The political climate, unstable. War over territory was common.

Patrick was among the first saints to bring Christianity to the area. He pursued the countryside. And prepared each day with a prayer that has since become part of hymnal music.

THE BREASTPLATE (excerpt):

I arise today, through
The strength of heaven…

The light of the sun,
The radiance of the moon,
The splendor of fire,
The speed of lightning,
The swiftness of wind,
The depth of the sea,
The stability of the earth,
The firmness of rock.

I arise today, through
God’s strength to pilot me,

God’s shield to protect me…

St. Patrick’s Prayer (full version)

Other versions of the prayer exist, including the I Bind Unto Myself Today hymn.

Patrick impacted a nation and (eventually) the world. His ministry continued more than two decades and he is considered one of Ireland’s greatest heroes.

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