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Saint Patrick’s Day has become a BIG party day—a day for parades and celebrations, a day of eating Irish food and drinking green beer and Irish Whiskey. It’s a day of wearing green and pinching those who don’t. And it’s a day of being Irish—even if you aren’t.

But this is not what the patron saint of Ireland would have expected his day to be.  Nor is it what he would have wanted (Read What Would St. Patrick Think About His Day?).

Saint Patrick (385-461) was more about surviving than he was about celebrating. He was more about comforting the soul than pleasing the flesh. And St. Patrick’s life exemplified Christ’s provision of hope and strength, especially in surviving persecution and oppression.

Before He Was “Saint Patrick”

Little is known about Saint Patrick before the time of his preaching in Ireland.  We know he was a British native and was around 16 years old when he was captured by pirates in the late 4th century and enslaved for six years in Ireland.  During his enslavement, Patrick came to Christ and committed himself to serve Him.  After escaping from his captors, he returned to Britain.  A few years later, Patrick had a vision in which he felt called to return to Ireland and preach the gospel.  The rest is history (Read more about the man, Saint Patrick, here: Happy Saint Patrick’s Day)

The Valley of Christian Growth

Saint Patrick was freed from six years of enslavement and persecution, a deep and dark valley of suffering,  but he did not allow his experience to define him or make him a bitter man. Instead, we can determine from his writings that his love for Jesus and the peace he found in the Lord’s presence formed a theology of hope — a theology that prepared him for his life’s mission of sharing the saving grace of Jesus.  

Had Saint Patrick not spent those six years in a valley of suffering, would his testimony have been as powerful and fruitful? We don’t know. But we do know that even before he was freed from slavery, Jesus Christ freed him from the bondage of sin. He experienced a rebirth that made him a new man and compelled him to serve the Lord and one day evangelize the country where he had been enslaved.

Celebrate & Consume OR Commemorate & Commune?

Saint Patrick would not want his legacy to be a celebration of Irish heritage and culture. Nor would he want it to be a riotous party of consumption of food and alcohol. 

Saint Patrick would want his day to be a time of commemoration — a time of quiet repose to reflect upon the great mercy and grace of God. A time to remember God’s goodness, His kindness, and His faithfulness, not only in saving us but also in comforting us in any valley of suffering and strengthing us in any trial or tribulation.  

Finally, the message of Saint Patrick is a reminder that we can commune with our Creator.  

St. Patrick’s Prayer

A poem, or prayer by St. Patrick, has survived the test of time and remains popular today. Read the entire poem, known as “St. Patrick’s Breastplate,”  here). In the closing stanzas, St. Patrick beautifully articulated the all-encompassing presence of Jesus, our communion with Him, and what our commitment and response to Him should be.  

The Bible says that Jesus is with us always, by the power of His Holy Spirit (Col 1:27).  And Jesus promises that He will never leave or forsake us (Heb 13:5b).  Do you remember those things every day?  Pray the words of St. Patrick and press these words upon your heart.

Christ be with me, Christ within me,
Christ behind me, Christ before me,
Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort and restore me,
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of all that love me,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.

I bind unto myself the Name, The strong Name of the Trinity,
By invocation of the same, The Three in One and One in Three.
By Whom all nature hath creation, Eternal Father, Spirit, Word:
Praise to the Lord of my salvation, Salvation is of Christ the Lord.

Read the entire poem, known as St. Patrick’s Breastplate

Let Saint Patrick’s Day be a day of communion with Christ. He is with us always.
Are you always “with” Him?  Find your rest in His presence and rejoice in your salvation.
Take one minute to refocus and know that the Lord is with you always (Mat 28:20b)

Take a lesson from this saint of old.  Share the saving grace of Jesus with others.


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