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9 years ago  ::  Jan 07, 2009 - 10:24AM #1
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Hey Marty,

This answer is a long time in coming, but here it is.  I posted this particular item way back when dinosaurs still roamed the earth, and at the time, you asked my source. I still don't know the source where I found this particular translation, but I do know the context of it now, and I have seen other, more formal translations on different sites relating to St. Patrick. This particular "creed" (if you will allow the use of the term) is traditionally given as the response Patrick gave to the pagan priestess, Ethne, and her sister when they inquired about the nature of St. Patrick's God:

St. Patrick's Creed:

Our God, God of all mankind,

God of heaven and earth, sea and rivers,

God of sun and moon, of all the stars,

God of high mountains and low valleys,

God over heaven and in heaven and under heaven.

He has a dwelling

In heaven and earth and sea

And in all things that are in them,

He inspires all,

He quickens all,

He is over all,

He supports all.

He makes the light of the sun to shine.

The light of the night and the stars he surrounds,

And he has made wells in the dry earth,

Placed dry islands in the sea,

And stars for the service

Of the greater lights.

He has a Son

Co-eternal with himself, like unto himself;

The Son is not younger than the Father,

Nor the Father older than the Son.

And the Holy Spirit

Breathes in them;

Not separate are the Father

And the son and the Holy Spirit.


There you go. It's the best answer I can give at this point.

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9 years ago  ::  Jan 09, 2009 - 7:19AM #2
Posts: 237
Dia annseo isteach!
God to all here!

Hey David,

Thanks for the response!  Ummmm.....  The dinosaurs I remember!  What was the question that this answered?

I do recall a story of Patrick being asked by two sisters about his beliefs but I thought they were daughters of a local king.  I do like this response but, like many sayings attributed to him, this one sounds a bit more like something added to his 'vita' by a later author.  I've no problem with the creed or theology of it but it seems too well 'formed' to be from Patrick!

Thanks for bringing it up but now I'll have to go find what we had been talking about!!

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