Convertere ad Dominum Deum tuum

Will the baptized of Ireland shut their eyes to the light set ablaze by Saint Patrick? Will the baptized of Ireland stop up their ears to the truth of the Gospel that he preached? Will the baptized of Ireland turn their backs to the burning and pierced Heart that once ruled over every hearth? Is […]

Adze-head

Ticfa táilcend tar muir meircenn: a bratt tollcend, a chrand cromchend: a mías inairthiur a tigi: fris[g]erat a múinter huili, ‘Amen, amen.’ Ticfat tailcind, conutsat ruama, noifit cella, ceoltigi béndacha ben[n]chopuir ili: fla[i]th himbachla. Two years or three years before Patrick’s arrival, this is what they used to prophesy:– Adzehead1 will come over a furious […]

Seven Years Before the Day of Doom

Seachd bliadhna roimh ’n bhràth, Thig muir air Eirinn ré aon tràth, ’S thar Ile ghuirm ghlais, Ach snàmhaidh I Choluim Chléirich! Seven years before that awful day, When time shall be no more, A dreadful deluge shall o’ersweep Hibernia’s mossy shore. The green-clad Isla, too, shall sink; While, with the great and good, Columba’s happier isle […]

In Four Things Like Unto Moses

In quatuor rebus similis fuit Moysi Patricius: I. Primo, anguelum de rubo audivit: II. quadraginta diebus et quadraginta noctibus ieiunavit: III. quia annos centum viginti peregit in vita praesenti: IIII. ubi sunt ossa eius nemo novit. Duo hostes duodecim diebus corpus Sancti Patricii contenderunt et noctem inter se duodecim diebus non viderunt, sed diem semper et in […]

“St. Quhalme”

The three names [SS. Patrick, Brigid, and Columba] have remained since that time inseparably united in the dauntless heart and fervent tenacious memory of the Irish people. It is to Columba that the oppressed and impoverished Irish seem to have appealed with the greatest confidence in the first English conquest in the twelfth century. The […]

Our Royall Prerogative

INSTRUCTIONS FROM HIS SACRED MAJESTY TO THE ARCHBISHOPS AND BISHOPS OF SCOTLAND. CHARLES REX. That you advert that the Proclamation authorizing their Service Book derogate nothing from our Royall prerogative. That in the Kalendar you keep such Catholick Saints as are in the English; that you pester it not with too many; but such as […]

Relics of Patrick

The relics of Patrick were enshrined sixty years after his death by Columcille. Three precious reliquaries were found in the tomb, sc. the Cup, the Angel’s Gospel, and the Bell of the Will. The angel directed Columcille to divide the three reliquaries thus: the Cup to Down, the Bell of the Will to Armagh, the […]

Except Ye Taste of Death

It appears that King Laoghaire had two daughters, named Ethne the fair, and Fedelm the ruddy. He had sent them, for what reason is not explained, to his relatives in Connaught, and placed them under the care of two Druids or magi, named Mael and Caplit. Patrick was at Crochan, or Cruachan, the royal cemetery […]

Receiving Authority There

St. Patrick poured forth to God the following prayer: ‘O Lord Jesus Christ, lead me, I beseech thee, to the seat of the holy Roman Church, that, receiving authority there to preach with confidence Thy sacred truths, the Irish nation may, through my ministry, be gathered to the fold of Christ.’ And soon after, being about […]

Annales Cambriae

447 ‡ Days as dark as night.‡ 453 Easter altered on the Lord’s Day by Pope Leo, Bishop of Rome. 454 St. Brigid is born. 457 St. Patrick goes to the Lord. 458 St. David is born in the thirtieth year after Patrick left Menevia. 468 The death of Bishop Benignus. 501 Bishop Ebur rests […]

The Voice of the Irish

And after a few years I was again in Britain with my parents [kinsfolk], and they welcomed me as a son, and asked me, in faith, that after the great tribulations I had endured I should not go anywhere else away from them. And, of course, there, in a vision of the night, I saw […]