Patrick - Missionary to Ireland

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Patrick was only 16 years old when he saw a fleet of 50 longboats heading for the shore. As the Roman Legions had long since departed Britain, Patrick’s home town was vulnerable to attack. As the Irish raiders leapt from their boats onto the pebbled beach, sounding their war-horns, the population fled in terror. The attackers looted and burned the village and carried away captives, including young Patrick. - See more at: http://reformationsa.org/index.php/history/52-stpatrick#sthash.kC1QKs0w.dpuf

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  • Slemish Mountain
  • Patrick’s grave
  • Hill of Tara
  • View from Croagh Patrick
  • View from Croagh Patrick
  • Commemorative stone on Slemish Mountainreads:“This stone commemorates Saint Patrick, who according to legend tended herds as a boy on the lower slopes of Slemish Mountain”
  • Commemorative stone on Slemish Mountainreads:“This stone commemorates Saint Patrick, who according to legend tended herds as a boy on the lower slopes of Slemish Mountain”
  • The Chapel on top of Croagh Patrick Mountain
  • Celtic cross
  • View from Croagh Patrick
  • Slemish Mountain
  • Slemish mountain
  • Croagh Patrick
  • Patrick - Missionary to Ireland

    1. 1. By Dr. Peter Hammond
    2. 2. By Dr. Peter Hammond
    3. 3. Patrick was only 16 years old when he saw a fleet of 50 longboats heading for the shore.
    4. 4. As the Roman Legions had long since departed Britain, Patrick’s home town was vulnerable to attack.
    5. 5. As the Irish raiders leapt from their boats onto the pebbled beach, sounding their war-horns, the population fled in terror.
    6. 6. The attackers looted and burned the village and carried away captives, including young Patrick.
    7. 7. The year was AD 405. Patrick’s name in Latin was Patricius, meaning “Noble”. He was the son of a Civil Magistrate, but now he had become a slave in Ireland.
    8. 8. Patrick was sold to a cruel warrior chief whose stockade in Northern Ireland was surrounded by sharp poles with the heads of his opponents impaled on them.
    9. 9. Patrick was put to work as shepherd to care for his master’s pigs and sheep.
    10. 10. He lived a lonely existence in the nearby hills, enduring long bouts of hunger and thirst, isolated from human company for months at a time.
    11. 11. Patrick witnessed the superstitions of the druid priests who sacrificed prisoners of war to their war gods and newborns to the harvest gods.
    12. 12. Skulls were used as drinking bowls, heads of decapitated enemies were used as footballs.
    13. 13. In this strange place at “the ends of the earth” amongst these fierce people, Patrick remembered the faith of his father and grandfather, and the prayers of his mother and he turned to Christ.
    14. 14. Kneeling on the slopes of the Slemish Mountain, near what is now the town of Ballymena, Patrick prayed, sometimes a hundred times a day.
    15. 15. After six years of slavery, Patrick was led of the Lord to escape and run nearly 200 miles….
    16. 16. to a coastal port where he was able to persuade a captain to take him along with a shipment of Irish wolfhounds.
    17. 17. A storm blew them off course to land on the coast of Gaul (France). Attacks by vandals had devastated the area and there was no food to be found in the, once fertile, area.
    18. 18. Here Patrick was able to repay the kindness of the ship captain by praying for the Lord’s provision and seeing a herd of pigs appear.
    19. 19. Patrick received a Macedonian call. In a vision, an Irishman named Victoricius presented him letters entitled “The Voice of the Irish”: “We appeal to you, holy servant boy, to come and walk among us again.”
    20. 20. Patrick was “pierced to my very heart” and he returned to the land where he had suffered as a slave many years before.
    21. 21. Patrick was over 40 years old when he arrived in AD 432 as a missionary to Ireland.
    22. 22. He faced fierce opposition from the Druids. Patrick survived numerous attempts on his life and confronted the idolatry, immorality, slavery and human sacrifices of the savage tribes.
    23. 23. “Daily I expect murder, fraud or captivity, but I fear none of these things because of the promises of Heaven. I have cast myself into the hands of God Almighty who rules everywhere.”
    24. 24. Patrick delighted in taking risks for the Gospel. “I must take this decision disregarding risks involved and make known the gifts of God and His everlasting consolation.
    25. 25. Neither must I fear any such risk in faithfully preaching God’s Name boldly in every place, so that even after my death, a spiritual legacy may be left for my brethren and my children.”
    26. 26. At Tara, Patrick challenged the Druids to a contest. The Druids invoked demons and brought a dark fog over the land. Patrick prayed and suddenly the fog cleared and the sun shone brightly. The king ordered 27 chariots to go and seize Patrick.
    27. 27. He prayed aloud: “May God come up to scatter His enemies and may those who hate Him flee from His face.” The charioteers fell dead.
    28. 28. Patrick rebuked the king: “If you do not believe now, you will die on the spot for the wrath of God descends on your head.” The king fell on his knees before the missionary and pledged his realm to Christ. Many turned to Christ on that day.
    29. 29. One of Patrick’s writings was a letter excommunicating a tyrant Coroticus who had carried off some of Patrick’s converts into slavery. Within his lifetime Patrick ended the slave trade in Ireland.
    30. 30. The legend that Patrick drove all the snakes out of Ireland has to do with his spiritual warfare in driving the demons from the land.
    31. 31. The famous Lorica “Patrick’s Breastplate” prayer of protection expresses Patrick’s confidence in God to protect him from “every fierce, merciless force that may come upon my body and soul, incantations of false prophets, black laws of paganism, deceit of idolatry, spells of druids…”
    32. 32. Patrick was one of the first great missionaries who brought the Gospel beyond the boundaries of the old Roman Civilisation. Patrick’s missionary strategy was to concentrate on converting the tribal kings.
    33. 33. As the kings converted, they gave their sons to Patrick to be trained to be missionaries.
    34. 34. From kingdom to kingdom, Patrick converted pagans, built churches, trained disciples, ordained deacons and ministers and built mission stations. Patrick provided pastors with written doctrinal standards with which to teach their people.
    35. 35. For 30 years Patrick evangelised Ireland, converting many chiefs and kings, establishing over 300 congregations and baptising 120,000 people.
    36. 36. Patrick became an inspiring example for Celtic Christians. His life of continuous prayer, his love for the Scriptures, his love of God’s Creation
    37. 37. and missionary vision inspired many hundreds of Celts to take the Gospel to Scotland, England and throughout the continent of Europe.
    38. 38. Although Patrick is commonly called Saint, he described himself as a sinner.
    39. 39. Although Patrick is the Patron Saint of the Irish, he was not actually born in Ireland, but in England.
    40. 40. It may also surprise people to know that Patrick was never canonized by the Roman Catholic church, but has been considered the Patron Saint of Ireland as a result of popular devotion and long-standing tradition.
    41. 41. On the last Sunday of every July, up to 30,000 pilgrims pass Saint Patrick’s statue and climb to the top of Croagh Patrick, commemorating Patrick’s 40 day fast on that 2,710 foot summit.
    42. 42. The greatest legacy of Patrick was the tremendous spiritual movement he launched in Ireland and his followers who sent out missionaries to evangelise not only the rest of the British Isles, but much of the continent of Europe.
    43. 43. Dr. Peter Hammond Reformation Society P.O. Box 74 Newlands, 7725 Cape Town, South Africa Tel: (021) 689-4480 Fax: (021) 685-5884 Email: info@ReformationSA.org Website: www.ReformationSA.org
    44. 44. “Whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ.” Philippians 3:7 BE THOU MY VISION
    45. 45. 1. Be Thou my vision, O Lord of my heart, Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art, Thou my best thought, by day or by night Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light.
    46. 46. 2. Be Thou my Wisdom, and thou my true Word, I ever with Thee and Thou with me Lord; Thou my Great Father, I Thy true son; Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one.
    47. 47. 3. Be Thou my battleshield, sword for my fight, Be Thou my dignity, Thou my delight; Thou my soul’s Shelter, Thou my High Tower; Raise Thou me heavenward, O Power of my power.
    48. 48. 4. Riches I heed not, nor man’s empty praise, Thou mine inheritance, now and always; Thou and Thou only, first in my heart, High King of Heaven, My treasure Thou art.
    49. 49. 5. High King of Heaven, my Victory won, May I reach Heaven’s joy’s, O bright Heaven’s Sun! Heart of my own heart, whatever befall, Still be my vision, O Ruler of all.

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