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The faith of St Patrick

2008 March 14
by Tim V-B

St Patrick’s day is almost here.  Unlike so many early saints, we actually know a fair bit about Patrick – there are two surviving letters of his.  For a brief overview of his life, see the Wikipedia entry.  Although he probably didn’t drive the snakes out of Ireland, he was a great missionary with a real faith in Christ.  Go read his ‘Declaration‘ in which he writes about his life and faith as he defends himself against various charges.  Here’s an extract, which could be a creed he wrote himself; he is (basically) explaining why he was a missionary:

Here I cannot be silent … Because there is no other God, nor ever was, nor will be, than God the Father unbegotten, without beginning, from whom is all beginning, the Lord of the universe, as we have been taught; and His son Jesus Christ, whom we declare to have always been with the Father, spiritually and ineffably begotten by the Father before the beginning of the world, before all beginning; and by Him are made all things visible and invisible. He was made man, and, having defeated death, was received into heaven by the Father; and He hath given Him all power over all names in heaven, on earth, and under the earth, and every tongue shall confess to Him that Jesus Christ is Lord and God, in whom we believe, and whose advent we expect soon to be, judge of the living and of the dead, who will render to every man according to his deeds; and He has poured forth upon us abundantly the Holy Spirit, the gift and pledge of immortality, who makes those who believe and obey sons of God and joint heirs with Christ; and Him do we confess and adore, one God in the Trinity of the Holy Name.

Amen and Amen!

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