Posts tagged St. Patrick
The Grave Of A Saint

 Today we focused on St. Patrick the patron saint of Ireland. Patrick is credited with almost singlehandedly bringing the country of Ireland to Christ. Captured by Irish slave traders and brought to Ireland he worked as a sheepherder where the solitude strengthened his faith (he says in his confession that he prayed more than 100 times a day). One day during his prayer he feels the urge from God to run away, so without any sort of plan or help he runs to a port city, finds a ship, and gets home. Once he Gets home he doesn't forget the faith that got him through slavery instead he becomes an ordained priest. But Patrick has not forgotten Ireland and throughout his schooling he feels a calling to return to the pagan nation. So he spends the rest of his life serving the people of Ireland and nearly converts the entire island.

 

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ST. PATRICK At Downpatrick

Yesterday was all about Mr. St Patrick himself. The day started off with a lesson from Billy Stevenson, he gave us a brief history lesson on what St Patrick's life was all about. After class we headed out to Saul Church, the dirt church St Patrick established in Ireland. It is gorgeous! It's placed right in the middle of beautiful Irish countryside. I was in awe. We went in and a sang a few worship songs, that was my favorite part! It was incredible to be able to worship in the first church in Ireland, but even more incredible that we are worshipping the exact same God as they did thousands of years ago! After the church we headed to St Patrick Centre, and Downpatrick Cathedral. At these places we saw the gravesite of St Patrick, and had the chance to walk through his life of ministry in the St Patrick Centre! I have never studied St Patrick before, so I really enjoyed getting the whole rundown of who he was and what his life was all about! (Emily Smith)

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