Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you!
We’ve been ministering in Canada, doing some meetings in Victoria and Vancouver, and have been blessed to be experiencing the Holy Spirit moving powerfully! It is always such a huge blessing to experience the Lord pour out His presence in such a way!!
Well, a little Irish history here for St Patrick's day: The Irish city of Dublin was actually named by the Vikings who during their invasions called it Dubhlind meaning “black pool” due to that dark-looking water with all the peat moss runoff in it. The Romans had avoided going north to Ireland in their day and had labeled Ireland Hybernia, which means “land of endless winter.” Well, it does rain an awful lot, so they weren't that far off! Anyways, Ireland didn't have the defenses built by Roman infrastructure of the past like many other parts of Europe, and it made it more vulnerable to invasion.
The British Isles’ history is quite intertwined with the Vikings. The Vikings’ first invasions began in Lindisfarne, aka Holy Island, which was an outpost of Celtic monks in Northumberland, in AD 793, and thus began the Viking age. The Vikings soon after began to invade Ireland.
Some of the Celtic monks were being taken captive back to Scandinavia. As the Scriptures say: “The weakness of God is greater than man’s strength.” (1 Cor 1: 25) Like their great spiritual ancestor Patrick, however, they relied on God in their position of weakness and eventually spiritually overcame their captors by leading many of the Vikings to Christ in a land few missionaries dared to go. As captives amongst the dreaded Norsemen, they overcame in their weakness by relying on the power of the Holy Spirit.
We have a few videos on these topics, including:
The Real St. Patrick Page on our website
Check them out and Happy St Patrick's Day to you!