St Patrick, an Orthodox saint as well

As St Patrick’s day comes around again, some might be surprised to know that the patron saint of Ireland is also an Orthodox saint, who is celebrated in the Greek and Russian churches.

St Patrick lived long before Rome split from Constantinople and two different churches, the Catholic and Orthodox, were formed. That is why he is considered to be a saint of the Orthodox church too.

The Russian Orthodox church has just decided to dedicate March 30t to  celebrating St Patrick.

St Patrick or Ο Άγιος Πατρίκιος in Greek appears in local icons without a shamrock, whose three leaves symbolize the Holy Trinity.


The difference between a three leaf shamrock, the national symbol of Ireland,  and a four leaf clover, has escaped Donald Trump, who put the clover on his green St Patrick’s day MAGA hat.

A popular prayer attributed to St Patrick and invoking the Trinity  is…

I arise today
through the strength of Heaven:
light of Sun,
brilliance of Moon,
splendour of Fire,
speed of Lightning,
swiftness of Wind,
depth of Sea,
stability of Earth,
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 way to lie before me,
God’s shield to protect me,
God’s host to secure me:

against snares of devils,
against temptations of vices,
against inclinations of nature,
against everyone who shall wish me ill,
afar and anear, alone and in a crowd.

I summon today all these powers between me (and these evils):
against every cruel and merciless power that may oppose my body and my soul,
against incantations of false prophets,
against black laws of heathenry,
against false laws of heretics,
against craft of idolatry,
against spells of witches and smiths and wizards,
against every knowledge that endangers man’s body and soul.

Christ to protect me today
against poison,
against burning,
against drowning,
 against wounding,
so that there may come 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 in breadth,
Christ in length,
Christ in height,
Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of every man 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.
Salvation is of the Lord.
Salvation is of the Lord.
Salvation is of Christ.

May Thy Salvation, O Lord, be ever with us.

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