Saint Patrick

St Patrick, kidnapped
St Patrick kidnapped into slavery

“He who forms the mountains, who creates the wind, and who reveals His thoughts to mankind, who turns dawn to darkness, and treads on the heights of the earth– the LORD God Almighty is His name.” –Amos 4:13

Saint Patrick of Ireland

Saint Patrick Icon

As a young boy, Patrick was kidnapped by brutal pirates and carried away to Ireland where he was sold as a slave.  For the next six years he was a shepherd in Northern Ireland.  This is where he learned to pray. “In a single day I would say as many as a hundred prayers, and at night only slightly fewer.” The Confession of St. Patrick.

“I arise today

in a mighty strength

calling upon the Trinity,

believing in the Three Persons

saying they are One

thanking my creator.”

In the experience of slavery and exile, the young boy  discovered God . In the midst of this terrible alienation brought on  by his exile from family and country, Patrick experienced a deep abiding connection that enabled him to feel strengthened by God.

St. Patrick baptizing the Irish
St. Patrick baptizing the Irish drawing by Christine Hales

He is a legend in Irish history and spirituality.  Patrick’s story of being kidnapped by Irish pirates eventually gave rise to a remarkable inner transformation that led him  eventually to return to Ireland, serving the Irish people by bringing God’s love to them.

Like St. Francis, Patrick chose a lifestyle of poverty, preferring to single-mindedly focus on the Divine connection within.  “For I know full well that poverty and adversity suit me better than riches and delights.”

Saint Patrick Icon

One often sees Icons of St. Patrick holding a shamrock, an illustration of how he used the humble clover leaf to illustrate the Trinity- three in one- to the largely pagan population Ireland.  Pre-Christian Ireland was where God sent Patrick.  His spiritual story is told in “The Confession of St. Patrick”, along with many Scriptural references that relate to his experiences.

Patrick was born in Britain about  385, and began his mission  in Ireland during the early 400’s.He became fluent in the Irish dialect during his period of slavery, and despite much hostility and danger, he was very effective in bringing the Gospel to Ireland.

Saint Patrick founded many churches and monasteries across Ireland.

Saint Patrick Icon
Saint Patrick Icon

Holy Bishop Patrick,

Faithful shepherd of Christ’s royal flock,

You filled Ireland with the radiance of the Gospel:

 The mighty strength of the Trinity!

Now that you stand before the Savior,

Pray that He may preserve us in faith and love!

Icon notes for March:

The American Association of Iconographers now has a Facebook Page which you are welcome to join.  The rules of the page are that postings may be submitted by any member and the content needs to be of interest and benefit to Iconographers.

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Blessings and Prayers,

Christine Hales

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Saint Patrick’s Day

Hello Iconographers:

The winner of the Saint Patrick competition was Starr Regan Diurcio who sent in the prayer ” The Deer’s Cry”. According to Lady Augusta Gregory, Patrick made this hymn one time when he was going to preach the Faith at Teamhuir, and his enemies lay in hiding to make an attack on him as he passed. But as he himself and his servant Benen went by, all they could see passing was a wild deer and a fawn. And the Deer’s Cry is the name of this hymn this patrick
The Deer’s Cry:
I bind myself today to a strong strength, to a calling the Trinity. I believe in a threeness with confession a oneness in the Creator of the World.

I bind myself today to the strength of Christ’s birth and his baptism;to the strength of his crucifixion and burial;to the strength of his resurrection with his ascension.

In stability of earth, in steadfastness of rock, I bind myself today to God’s strength to copilot me;
God’spower to uphold me;God’s wisdom to guide me;God’s eye to look before me; God’s ear to hear me;
God’s way to lie before me,
God’s shield to protect me,
From all who shall wish me ill,
Afar and anear,
Alone and in a multitude.

Against every cruel merciless power that may oppose my body and soul
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 when I lie down,
Christ when I sit down,
Christ when I arise,
Christ to shield me,
Christ in the heart of every one who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of every one who speaks of me.

Amen and Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

Just one more thing to mention here is the Icon writing workshop of Russian Iconographer Philip Davydov

Which I think will be excellent. Let me know if you’re thinking of going!


The registration is open.
Course schedule: 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Monday 30th of March – Friday 3rd of April 2015

Location: Holy Trinity Church Parish hall,
Saint Mary’s City, MD, USA

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Housing possibilities: see the bottom of the page.

Payment options:
To reserve a space, you can pay full cost of the workshop – $480, or $100 as a non refundable deposit, using the button below. The rest $480 can be paid by Paypal, check or cash upon arrival.

Only for the US residents now, we open a possibility for check deposits. In case, if you wish to make the registration payment by check, please, make it payable to Filipp Davydov and mail to our very good friend Fr. John Ball: St. Mary’s Parish, 47477 Trinity Church Road, St. Mary’s City, MD 20686

Registration payments will be refunded in full if the workshop is canceled due to lack of participation. Space is limited, so sign up today! Students will be accepted on a first-come first-served basis.

Blessings and  prayers,