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Patrick of Ireland

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==Works attributed to Patrick==
<sup>[[#External Links links and Sources|1]]</sup> Saint Patrick wrote this semi-autobiography as a labor for God, explaining the story of his life to inspire others to believe and turn their lives to God. Additionally, he wished to address concerns his fellow clergy had about his holding the office of bishop.
<sup>[[#External Links links and Sources|2]]</sup> Saint Patrick wrote this letter to the soldiers of King Coroticus to chastize them for capturing Christians of Patrick's flock as slaves.
===Explanation of the Trinity===
Saint Patrick is most often recognized for likening the [[Trinity]] to a shamrock, illustrating that the shamrock has three parts, and yet is one; in a similar way, the Trinity has three persons, and is still one God. (cf. the [[OCA]]'s icon<sup>[[#External Links links and Sources|3]]</sup>)
===Lorica of Saint Patrick===
<sup>[[#External Links links and Sources|4]]</sup> ''Lorica'' means ''breastplate'' in Latin. The story of this prayer is that Patrick and his followers used this most beautiful prayer to protect themselves from the people who wanted to kill them as they travelled across Ireland. It is also called the ''Deer's Cry'' (''Fáed Fíada'') because their enemies saw, not men, but deer. It may not have been written by Patrick, but is considered to reflect his theological focus on the Trinity.
:I arise today
==Works about Patrick==
*Muirchu's ''Life of Saint Patrick'', written c. 683 (two centuries after Patrick's death), is the oldest existing, known work about Saint Patrick.<sup>[[#External Links links and Sources|5]]</sup>

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