St. Patrick: The Irish Legend
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On March 17th, Fox Family TV will broadcast the premiere of the feature film "St. Patrick: The Irish Legend," starring Malcolm McDowell, Alan Bates, Susannah York and patrick Bergin. This is the film depicting the life of this Irish hero. Filmed entirely in Ireland.
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The conflict there is pretty dramatic, at least it appears more dramatic than it might otherwise appear to those who know the argument is largely about the date for Easter, and how the clergy cuts their hair.
It has a nice denoument, with the bishop who had once heard Patrick's confession and then revealed the embarrassing details to Wilfrid, who used it to accuse him of heresy, ends up being forgiven, and joining the little colony for Christ on the island, and the film ends with the little band continuing their mission.
Oh, in the beginning, Patrick puts his staff down in the sand, upon his arrival, and snakes crawl out of the earth and into the sea. This is fictional, there have been no snakes in Ireland since the ice age. Vikings, Normans, Scots under Edward Bruce, and Oliver Cromwell, but no snakes.
From his abduction as a teenager and enslavement by Irish marauders to his conversion on the solitary windswept hills Ireland while tending his master's sheep, Saint Patrick is a shining example of what God can do in the life of a single soul. Through his intense and mystical prayer life, Saint Patrick is instructed on how to escape his captors to return home to England. Upon his return to England, Saint Patrick perceives in a vision the "Voice of the Irish" and is instructed to return to preach the Gospel to those who once held him captive. It is many more years before the Saint is able to return to Ireland, but in a serious of miraculous events he is called back to Ireland to shepherd a pagan people to God.
Although, no doubt, there is some fancy to the legends portrayed, I do believe that there may be more than a little truth in them. Saint Patrick: The Irish Legend is a powerful and moving story that is well worth viewing.