“I, Patrick, a sinner, am the most uncultivated and the least of all the faithful, and am held in contempt by many. Yet, though I am imperfect in many things I wish my brethern to know what manner of man I am, that they may be able to understand the desire of my soul: to render somewhat to the Lord for His so great benefits.
…I was brought captive to Ireland- I was at that time about sixteen years of age and I paid no heed to the living God. I was brought captive with so many thousands of persons according to our deserts, because we turned away from God and kept not His Commandments, and were not obedient to His priests, who admonished us about our salvation.
I was as a stone lying in a deep mire but He that is mighty came and in His mercy lifted me, and indeed raised me up again and placed me on the top of the wall.
In the land of my captivity I sought Him in earnest- and there I found Him. The love of God and the fear of Him increased more and more, and my faith grew. In a single day I prayed as often as a hundred times, and by night almost as frequently, even while I was in the woods and on the mountain.
…But He knows that exceedingly do I desire to drink of His chalice- yet may it never happen to me from my God that I should ever lose His people…
I beseech whosoever shall have deigned to look at this document, which Patrick, the sinner, unlearned as is manifest, wrote in Ireland.
Let no one ever say that it was I in my ignorance who did whatever little I have done or taught, that is pleasing to God. Let it be most truly believed that it was the gift of God. And this is my confession before I die”.
Most glorious Saint Patrick,
Bishop and Confessor,
chosen by the Almighty to be the Apostle of Ireland,
we, the children of those to whom you preached the Faith of Christ,
never to be renounced,
hail you as the wonderful instrument of God’s mercy
for the obtaining of our eternal salvation.
Most glorious Apostle and Patron of our island,
submit to the Almighty our every temporal and spiritual want,
that through your intercession,
we may be relieved, in all our necessities through life,
and when called from this world to the glory of God,
we may, to your honour,
be found worthy of the faith that is within us,
and of eternal salvation.
Through Christ our Lord.