St. Patrick was born in the late fourth century on the coast of England into a Christian family. At the young age of seventeen he was trapped by sea marauders and taken to Ireland where he remained a slave for six years until his escape. Patrick returned to his homeland and family, only to travel back to Ireland by papal commission and preach to the Celts the Good News of Jesus Christ. Soon, he became Archbishop of Armagh.
A beloved patron of the Irish people, Patrick is known for his generosity, courage and forgiving spirit. He is credited as the primary missionary who brought Christianity to the people of Ireland.
In this icon are present the symbols of a bishop’s staff and a snake. Legend holds that by Patrick’s authority the snakes were driven out of Ireland, a symbol of his power over evil. Patrick is pictured in his liturgical vestments, holding in his hand a clover which he used to teach about the Most Holy Trinity.
(This narrative is printed on the back of Note Cards. A copy is included with each plaque, poster and photo.)
From the Lorica of St. Patrick
Christ shield me today ...
So that there may come to me abundance of reward,
Christ 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 when I lie down, Christ when I sit down,
Christ when I arise,
Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me, Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.
I arise today
Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity,
Through a belief in the threeness,
Through a confession of the oneness
Of the Creator of Creation. Amen.
(This prayer is printed on the back of Prayer Cards only.)
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