Happy St. Patrick’s Day (A St. Patrick’s Day Quiz) – March 17, 2013
What do historians believe was the birth nationality of St. Patrick?
A. British extraction
C. French extraction
D. Irish (Hibernian extraction)
Historians reference a genuine document written in Latin by St. Patrick for the correct answer. In a document called Confessions, St. Patrick provided information regarding his humble beginnings.
“He begins his Confession: ‘I, Patrick, a sinner, the rudest and the least of all the faithful, and the most contemptible with the multitude (Ego Patricius, peccator, rusticissimus et minimus omnium fidelium et contemptibilissimus apud plurimos, or, according to another reading, contemptibilis sum apud plurimos), had for my father Calpornus (or Calphurnius), a deacon (diaconum, or diaconem), the son of Potitus (al. Photius), a presbyter (filium quondam Potiti presbyteri), who lived in the village of Bannavem (or Banaven) of Tabernia; for he had a cottage in the neighborhood where I was captured. I was then about sixteen years old; but I was ignorant of the true God, and was led away into captivity to Hibernia.” Bannavem of Tabernia is perhaps Banavie in Lochaber in Scotland (McLauchlan); others fix the place of his birth in Kilpatrick (i.e. the cell or church of Patrick), near Dunbarton on the Clyde (Ussher, Butler, Maclear); others, somewhere in Britain, and thus explain his epithet “Brito” or “Briton” (Joceline and Skene); still others seek it in Armoric Gaul, in Boulogne (from Bononia), and derive Brito from Brittany (Lanigan, Moore, Killen, De Vinné).” Quoted from Volume 4, Chapter II, Paragraph 14, HISTORY OF THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH, by Philip Schaff.
Thus, if you answered D.you are incorrect. The most famous and celebrated Irishman was not born Irish, but as some might say, “He became Irish as quick as he could.”
So, you too can be Irish today.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!!!!!!