Are you looking over a three-leaf clover, that you overlooked before?

As people go about their day today celebrating St Patrick of Ireland by the wearing of the green, let us pause a moment and remember that Patricus was actually Welsh.

St Patrick was an educated Welsh boy from a good Romano-Briton family that practiced Christianity. His father was a deacon, his grandfather a priest. The Christian church had married priests then.

Patrick was kidnapped by the pagan Irish, from his home in Wales, and sold as a slave. Eventually he escaped back to his home in Roman-controlled Wales.

After some years, he had a vision that he should return to Ireland and try to Christianize the pagan Irish and help the numerous Brito-Roman Christians that had, like himself, been kidnapped by the pagan Irish and sold as slaves to masters there.

These are his actual words:

“I saw a man coming, as it were from Ireland. His name was Victoricus, and he carried many letters, and he gave me one of them. I read the heading: “The Voice of the Irish. As I began the letter, I imagined in that moment that I heard the voice of those very people who were near the wood of Foclut, which is beside the western sea—and they cried out, as with one voice: “We appeal to you, holy servant boy, to come and walk among us.”

Today, as you honor St Patrick, and the great contributions of Celtic Christians, remember it all began with a humble Welshman who was willing to return to the cruel country of his captivity to minister to slaves.

Published in: on March 17, 2011 at 8:30 AM  Leave a Comment  
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