Icon of St. Patrick, Enlightener of Ireland - 20th. c - (1PA60)

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St. Patrick the Wonderworker, Apostle & Enlightener of Ireland (+March 17, 460)

Commemorated March 17

St. Patrick was born in Roman Britain. The date of his birth cannot be fixed. Calpurnius, his father, was a decurion and deacon, his grandfather Potitus a priest, from Banna Venta Berniae (now England). Patrick, however, was not an active believer. At the age of sixteen, he was captured by a group of Irish pirates who took him to Ireland where he was enslaved and held captive for six years. The time he spent in captivity was critical to his spiritual development. St. Patrick writes that the Lord had mercy on him and afforded him the opportunity to be forgiven of his sins and converted to Christianity. While in captivity, he worked as a shepherd and strengthened his relationship with God through prayer, eventually leading him to convert to Christianity. 

After six years of captivity, St. Patrick heard a voice telling him that he would soon go home and that his ship was ready. Running from his master, he travelled to a port, two hundred miles away where he found a ship and persuaded the captain to take him.  After various adventures, he returned home to his family, now in his early twenties. After returning home to Britain, Patrick continued to study Christianity.

Patrick recounts that he had a vision a few years after returning home: “I saw a man coming, as it were from Ireland. His name was Victoricus, and he carried many letters, and he gave me one of them. I read the heading: ‘The Voice of the Irish’. As I began the letter, I imagined in that moment that I heard the voice of those very people who were near the wood of Foclut, which is beside the western sea—and they cried out, as with one voice: "We appeal to you, holy servant boy, to come and walk among us." 

He studied in Europe  at Auxerre, but is thought to have visited the Marmoutier Abbey, Toursand to have received the tonsureat Lérins Abbey. St. Germanus of Auxerre, a bishop of the Western Church, ordained him to the priesthood.

Acting on his vision, St. Patrick returned to Ireland as a Christian missionary. He baptised thousands of people and ordained priests to lead the new Christian communities. He converted wealthy women, some of whom became nuns. He also dealt with the sons of kings, converting them too.

Legend credits St. Patrick with teaching the Irish about the doctrine of the Holy Trinityby showing people the shamrock, a three-leafed plant, using it to illustrate the Christian teaching of three persons in one God.The shamrockhas since become a central symbol for St. Patrick's Day.

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  • 5
    Absolutely beautiful

    Posted by Christine on 4th Jan 2024

    I was very excited when I received the icon. It is of great quality and I can tell there is care when it is created. I really recommend Uncut Mountain for your icon needs.

  • 5
    St. Patrick of Ireland

    Posted by Mary-Carol on 19th Jan 2023

    Great gift to a newly Chrismated Orthodox Christian who took the name of Patrick!

  • 5
    It was Great

    Posted by Emily Charles on 9th Sep 2022

    Thank you Luke!

  • 5
    St. Patrick, Enlightener of Ireland

    Posted by Patricia R Vander Wall on 22nd Oct 2020

    Absolutely beautiful craftsmanship. The wood this icon is mounted on is high quality and of an excellent cut.

  • 5
    Another great icon

    Posted by Stuart Palmer on 7th May 2020

    This is my third purchase from Uncut Mountain Supply and once again the icon is flawless! I now have Saint Patrick and Saint Andrew representing Ireland and Scotland, my heritage. Just beautiful icons and an amazing company.

  • 5
    Wonderful Icon

    Posted by Thaddeus Patrick on 6th Sep 2019

    My patron, and a unique but beautiful icon of him. Good quality.

  • 5
    Very Pleased

    Posted by Jeffrey S Otto on 22nd Apr 2019

    Full stature icons are not as common as other styles, so this one caught my eye right away. I'd been looking for an icon of St. Patrick but was waiting to find one that was "different." I'm very pleased with this purchase and look forward to enjoying it for years to come.

  • 5
    Best icon of my Patron Saint

    Posted by Connor Ward on 15th Apr 2019

    This is by far my favorite I've come across of St. Patrick so far. The wait for it to arrive was a bit unbearable, but it was worth it in the end!

  • 5
    Beautiful icon

    Posted by Unknown on 1st Dec 2016

    I bought the icon of St Patrick for my daughter who lives in Florida and had a large black snake on her enclosed patio. As St Patrick drove the snakes out of Ireland, I pray he will protect my daughter and her family. As with everything I've purchased, it is a beautiful icon of excellent quality. I highly recommend Uncut Mountain to anyone who is looking for icons for themselves or as gifts.