St. Patrick II

Lead: Sometime after the year 431, a priest named Patrick began one of the most successful exercises in religious history.

 Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

 Content: The priest known to us today as Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, spent six years in Ireland as a boy after Irish raiders kidnapped him in Britain and then sold him into slavery. He escaped from Ireland and eventually returned to his native Britain where he received a rather primitive monastic education and became a priest.

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St. Patrick I

Lead: In the waning years of the Roman Empire, a young boy from Britain was kidnapped and enslaved in Ireland – an event that would change the course of religious history.

 Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

 Content: One of the world’s most successful Christian missionaries was born about 389, probably in southwestern Britain. His name was Patrick, and his father was a prominent landowner and community leader. He was brought up in a Christian environment, but not one noted for its piety. It was a time of great stress and historical transition. The Roman Empire, which for centuries had provided political, commercial and military cohesion for western Europe, was disintegrating.

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