Friday, March 15, 2013
St Patrick the Bishop of Armagh and Enlightener of Ireland
St Patrick the Bishop of Armagh and Enlightener of Ireland - Commemorated March 17 (source)
Slemish, where St. Patrick lived as a slave in his youth (source)
St. Patrick the Enlightener of Ireland (source)
St. Patrick, using the shamrock to teach about the Holy Trinity (source)
The purported grave site of St. Patrick (along with Sts. Columba and Brigid, according to tradition, whose Holy Relics were purportedly moved there in the 12th century in fulfilment of a prophecy) in Downpatrick (source)
Doxastikon of the Praises in the Plagal of the Fourth Tone (amateur translation)
Thus says the Hierarch Patrick to the Orthodox Christians who dwell on the isle of Ireland, on this island where he preached Christ: Do not fear, little flock, for you go forth through the snares of evil beliefs and you dwell among wolves who divide the flock. For behold, I am with you, who in you sowed the seed of piety and delivered the people from the delusion of the druids. Only live rightly according to the Gospel, and gather in the faith as one soul, and do not be frightened by anything that you may suffer, and I will ceaselessly pray on behalf of you, entreating for us for the remission of sins and the great mercy.
Note: Taken from the full Orthodox service to St. Patrick (in Greek), which is available here.
St. Patrick of Ireland (source)