The true history of Patrick of Ireland, part 1


Here is a help to better understand Patrick, our brother in Christ, who is so often misrepresented and misunderstood. It is his own thoughts and words…

From the


And give him no rest, till he establish, and till he make Jerusalem a praise in the earth.—Isaiah 62.7.

Patrick’s Confession.

As Written by the Apostle of Ireland,

Composed about the year A.D. 455,

And Translated by D. De Vinné. Editor’s Introduction.

The following personal confession of a Christian saint, from many ages ago, is offered for the consideration and edification of all readers.  Although there may be an occasional item in which the modern Christian may find cause for disapproval, yet it is presented here for far more than its historical significance.  It is the personal experience of an authentic saint and servant of the Lord Jesus Christ.  It is a testimony to Christ’s gracious work in the lives of individuals, and mighty power to bring light into the darkness of a hopeless nation.  It is also a record of the Apostolic ministry as it was carried out into the fifth century since the time of our Lord, and advanced in fulfilment of The Great Commission.  Within the short time of his ministry, 365 “bishops” were ordained in Ireland, and as many churches gathered under their care.  What has happened since is a matter of history, and, as with that of many other nations, presents man’s great incompetence to finish well or use thankfully that which the Lord has begun.  But his work is not yet done, and what was easy to him long ago is well within the bounds of his ability at the present day.  Pray.  And give him no rest. Isaiah 62.7.

As with most documents uploaded to, except those of an official character, the title of ‘Saint’ is omitted from our edition of the translation.  In this case, the translator himself informs us in his publication that the early Irish made no use of this term as a prefix or title.  It may also be noted that occasional corrections to Mr. De Vinné’s text have been made, usually in brackets.  Alternate translations, available on the internet, were used for this purpose.



AMONG the early Christians, a Confessor was one who, at the risk of his life, had openly avowed his belief in Christ, and his continued adhesion to Him.  In this sense, the word Confession seems to have been used in the time of Patrick.  Some have regarded his Confession as an autobiography; but while it contains several biographical notices, it is not properly such.  It is not a consecutive narrative; it is nearly destitute of dates and places; and it wholly omits some of the most important transactions of his life.  It is properly a written acknowledgment of the special providences of God, which he had experienced in connection with the establishment of Christianity in Ireland.  It must be viewed in this light, to be adequately comprehended…


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