St Patrick the Bishop of Armagh and Enlightener of Ireland


Troparion — Tone 3

Holy Bishop Patrick, / Faithful shepherd of Christ’s royal flock, / You filled Ireland with the radiance of the Gospel: / The mighty strength of the Trinity! / Now that you stand before the Savior, / Pray that He may preserve us in faith and love!

Kontakion — Tone 4

From slavery you escaped to freedom in Christ’s service: / He sent you to deliver Ireland from the devil’s bondage. / You planted the Word of the Gospel in pagan hearts. / In your journeys and hardships you rivaled the Apostle Paul! / Having received the reward for your labors in heaven, / Never cease to pray for the flock you have gathered on earth, / Holy bishop Patrick!

Writing from the Katehon think tank, Alexander Dugin on the Christianization of Ireland:

In the fifth period of the Gaels era, the Irishmen underlined the Saint Patrick era, who Christianized Ireland in the 5th century. Before him, the chronicle spoke of bishop Palladius, who came to Ireland in 431, sent by Rome, but his image was traditionally merged with Saint Patrick.

The Celts didn’t regard the Christianization as a radical and revolution identity change, as the peculiarity of the Irish Christianity and Celts Church, in general, compared to many other European societies, wasn’t strictly opposite to the local pre-Christian myth, but included it mildly and smoothly in their spiritual culture. Thus, many Druids and mythological characters were Christianized, and the Christian saints and disciples turned into the new version of the Druids. Irish Christianity is a unique example of the harmonized integration of pre-Christian traditions into a new religion.

Saint Patrick was a Catholic Briton who became the main figure of Christianity’s extension. Together with Saint Columba and Saint Brigit, he is the one of Ireland's patron saints and the founder of the Irish Church. Sometimes Saint Patrick is called the “apostle of Ireland”. When he was young, Irish pirates kidnapped him, so he had to spend many years in Ireland. Upon coming back to Britain, he became a priest and went again to Ireland as a missionary. According to the old tradition, Saint Germanus of Auxerre consecrated a bishop.

Saint Patrick, at the time, was a stranger for Irish society as he was a Briton, promoted a new religion, and refused to integrate into current society. His sermon attracted many people, including noble and rich persons. He was consecrating priests, building churches, and expanding Christianity heartily. For the Irish people, the creation of nunneries was unusual, but Saint Patrick was able to Christianize many (sometimes quite influential) women; the hagiographers noted the popularity of his sermon of Christ amongst the women. At the same time, his opponents were the Druids, who regarded the new religion as the threat to their faith...

I arise today
Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity,
Through belief in the Threeness,
Through confession of the Oneness
of the Creator of creation.

I arise today
Through the strength of Christ's birth with His baptism,
Through the strength of His crucifixion with His burial,
Through the strength of His resurrection with His ascension,
Through the strength of His descent for the judgment of doom.

I arise today
Through the strength of the love of cherubim,
In the obedience of angels,
In the service of archangels,
In the hope of resurrection to meet with reward,
In the prayers of patriarchs,
In the predictions of prophets,
In the preaching of apostles,
In the faith of confessors,
In the innocence of holy virgins,
In the deeds of righteous men.

I arise today, through
The strength of heaven,
The light of the sun,
The radiance of the moon,
The splendor of fire,
The speed of lightning,
The swiftness of wind,
The depth of the sea,
The stability of the earth,
The firmness of rock.

I arise today, through
God's strength to pilot me,
God's might to uphold me,
God's wisdom to guide me,
God's eye to look before me,
God's ear to hear me,
God's word to speak for me,
God's hand to guard me,
God's shield to protect me,
God's host to save me
From snares of devils,
From temptation of vices,
From everyone who shall wish me ill,
afar and near.

I summon today
All these powers between me and those evils,
Against every cruel and merciless power
that may oppose my body and soul,
Against incantations of false prophets,
Against black laws of pagandom,
Against false laws of heretics,
Against craft of idolatry,
Against spells of witches and smiths and wizards,
Against every knowledge that corrupts man's body and soul;
Christ to shield me today
Against poison, against burning,
Against drowning, against wounding,
So that there may come to me an abundance of reward.

Christ with me,
Christ before me,
Christ behind me,
Christ in me,
Christ beneath me,
Christ above me,
Christ on my right,
Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down,
Christ when I sit down,
Christ when I arise,
Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.

I arise today
Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity,
Through belief in the Threeness,
Through confession of the Oneness
of the Creator of creation.