A modern stained glass depiction of Saint Patrick, Cathedral of Christ the Light, Oakland, California
|Venerated in||Catholic Church
Eastern Catholic Churches
Eastern Orthodox Church
|Major shrine||Armagh, Northern Ireland
Glastonbury Abbey, England
|Feast||17 March (Saint Patrick’s Day)|
|Patronage||Ireland, Nigeria, Montserrat, Archdiocese of New York, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark, Boston, Rolla, Missouri, LoÃza, Puerto Rico, Murcia (Spain), Clann Giolla PhÃ¡draig, engineers, paralegals, Archdiocese of Melbourne; invoked against snakes, sins|
Before I was humiliated I was like a stone that lies in deep mud, and he who is mighty came and in his compassion raised me up and exalted me very high and placed me on the top of the wall.
No one should ever say that it was my ignorance if I did or showed forth anything however small according to God's good pleasure; but let this be your conclusion and let it so be thought, that – as is the perfect truth – it was the gift of God.
That which I have set out in Latin is not my words but the words of God and of apostles and prophets, who of course have never lied. He who believes shall be saved, but he who does not believe shall be damned. God has spoken.
If I have any worth, it is to live my life for God so as to teach these peoples; even though some of them still look down on me.
The Lord opened the understanding of my unbelieving heart, so that I should recall my sins.
If I be worthy, I live for my God to teach the heathen, even though they may despise me.
Christ beside me, Christ before me, Christ behind me, Christ within me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me.
I am Patrick, a sinner, most uncultivated and least of all the faithful and despised in the eyes of many.