“We will rise in the brightness of the sun”:  Patrick and hope at the edge of the world

If I have ever imitated anything good for the sake of my God whom I love, I ask that he grant me to be able to shed my blood with these converts and captives – even were I to lack a grave for burial, or my dead body were to be miserably torn apart limb from limb by dogs or wild beasts, or were the birds of heaven to devour it.  

I declare with certainty that if this were to happen, I would have gained both my soul and my body. There is no doubt whatever that we will rise on the appointed day in the brightness of the sun, that is, in the glory of Christ Jesus our redeemer.  We shall be like children of the living God and co-heirs of Christ.  We are children of God and heirs also: heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ and to be fashioned in his image, since it is from him and through him and in him that we are to reign. 

The sun which we see rising for us each day at his command, that sun will never reign nor will its splendour continue forever; and all those who adore that sun will come to a bad, miserable penalty.  We, however, believe in and adore the true sun, that is, Christ, who will never perish.  Nor will they perish who do his will but they will abide forever just as Christ will abide.

The world is passing away; but the one who does the will of God abides forever. He lives with God the Father almighty and with the Holy Spirit before the ages began, and now, and for all the ages of ages. Amen.

Patrick’s Confessio 59-60.

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