March 17- Saint Patrick, Bishop—Optional Memorial

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Mar 12 2024 • 11 mins

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March 17: Saint Patrick, Bishop—Optional Memorial

c. 387–c. 460 or 493 (Actual dates are uncertain)
Patron Saint of Ireland
Invoked against snake bites
Pre-Congregation canonization
Liturgical Color: Purple (Lenten Weekday)

I, Patrick, a sinner, a most simple countryman, the least of all the faithful and most contemptible to many…was taken captive. I was at that time about sixteen years of age. I did not, indeed, know the true God; and I was taken into captivity in Ireland with many thousands of people…And there the Lord opened my mind to an awareness of my unbelief, in order that, even so late, I might remember my transgressions and turn with all my heart to the Lord my God… ~Confession of Saint Patrick

Saint Patrick, you were captured and made a slave. God used that captivity to change your heart and draw you to Himself. Once converted, you chose to become a holy slave of Christ, bringing His saving message to a hostile and pagan land. Please pray for me, that I may imitate your conversion and place myself at the service of the will of God. Saint Patrick, pray for me. Jesus, I trust in You.

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