The saints of the Church, our fellow heirs of eternal life, serve but a humble purpose—to point us to the Saint, the Holy One, our Lord Jesus Christ. In Celebrating the Saints, a new book coming soon from Concordia Publishing House, Rev. William Weedon provides historical sketches and devotional writings in step with the liturgical calendar, revealing the Church’s saints not as great exceptions, but as great examples of our heavenly Father’s faithfulness. Read below an excerpt from Celebrating the Saints, in commemoration of St. Patrick, missionary to Ireland.
Who was St. Patrick?
He is one of the best-known of the missionary saints. Born to a Christian family in Britain around the year AD 389 he was captured as a teenager by raiders, taken to Ireland, and force to serve as a herdsman. After six years, he escaped and found his way to a monastery community in France. Ordained a bishop, it is believed that Patrick made his way back to Ireland in the summer of 433, and there spent the rest of his long life spreading the Gospel and organizing Christian communities. He strongly defended the doctrine of the Holy Trinity in a time when it was not popular to do so.
I bind unto myself today
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.
—St. Patrick’s Breastplate (see also LSB 604)
From Treasury of Daily Prayer, pages 1284–85 © 2008 Concordia Publishing House. All rights reserved.