SSP: The Writings of Patrick


Pursuing Veritas

This post is part of an ongoing series on the Scriptures of Saint Patrick of Ireland.

The Book of Armagh The Book of Armagh

As Patrick’s literary output constitutes the “earliest surviving documents written in Ireland”, the importance of these documents can hardly be understated.[1] However, many of the writings traditionally associated with Patrick have been deemed inauthentic. The three Dicta Patricii (Sayings of Patrick) are generally viewed as later historical misattributions—though Hanson argues at least one is authentic.[2] There are also a variety of synodal documents (Synodus I S Patricii and Synodus II S Patricii) and poems attributed to Patrick (Hymn of St. Secundinus, “Breastplate of St. Patrick”, and Hymn of Fiacc, in Irish Genair Patraic), these also now understood as likely not originating from the Irish saint.[3]

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