St. Patrick was Welsh,
- 2010/03/18 00:43:50
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As people go about their day today celebrating Ireland and St Patrick, let us pause a moment and remember the humble Welsh.
St Patrick was an educated Welsh boy from a good Romano-Briton Christian family. His father was a deacon, his grandfather a priest. The church had married priests then.
Patrick was stolen away by the pagan Irish, from his home in Wales, and sold as a slave. Eventually he escaped back to his home in Roman 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 been kidnapped and sold as slaves 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 the humble Welsh