The prayer of Saint Patrick, the birth of Ireland

c. 1460:
Clonmacnoise Cathedral, north doorway. Here the Saint is flanked by saints Dominic and Francis, all identified by an inscription on the cornice above. Patrick’s association with these two European saints is a reflection of the increased influence of the mendicant orders on Irish diocesan affairs. (source)

“My name is Patrick. I am a sinner, a simple country person, and the least of all believers.”

So begins the Confession, one of only two extant writings we have of the patron saint of Ireland, the former slave. Unlike the well-known Lorica, or “Deer’s Cry” (also known as the “Breastplate of Saint Patrick”), which was…