“The man who raises dead people”- remembering St. Patrick

Saint_Patrick_(window)While many will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with parades and green beer, relatively few know how this missionary bishop to the Emerald Isle worked supernatural signs and wonders as a matter of course.

It’s been said that St. Patrick (c. 389-c. 461) performed a thousand miracles. Legend says he drove the snakes out of Ireland. One thing is for certain. He brought Heaven to an island overrun in pagan darkness and won over a whole people group to Christ.

St. Patrick was known as “The man who raises dead people”–as many as 39 (and a horse!),  of which 33 are mentioned in this one place (bold-text added):

“For the blind and the lame, the deaf and the dumb, the palsied, the lunatic, the leprous, the epileptic, all who labored under any disease, did he in the Name of the Holy Trinity restore unto the power of their limbs and unto entire health; and in these good deeds was he daily practiced. Thirty and three dead men, some of whom had been many years buried, did this great reviver raise from the dead, as above we have more fully recorded.” (“The Life and Acts of St. Patrick” translated from the original Latin of Jocelin, Cistercian monk of Furnes of the 12th century, by Edmund L. Swift, Esq., Dublin, 1809.)

Okay, let’s make sure we understand this. Patrick not only healed the sick and lame, he raised 33 dead people back to life, including some who had been buried for years. I’ll drink to that!

Here’s one account of two women being raised from the dead after being buried.

“One day St. Patrick came to a place called Fearta. On the side of the hill two women had buried. Patrick ordered the earth removed; in the Name of Christ, he raised them up. The two proclaimed that their idols were vain and that Christ was the true God. Along with the women, many bystanders were baptized. As the ancient writer observes, Patrick not only revived these two from a double death (both temporal and eternal death), but by this miracle he gave spiritual resurrection to many other souls.”

St. Patrick himself personally attested to these miracles:

“And let those who will, laugh and scorn–I shall not be silent; nor shall I hide the signs and wonders which the Lord has shown me many years before they came to pass, as He knows everything even before the times of the world.”

“The Lord hath given to me, though humble, the power of working miracles among a barbarous people, such as are not recorded to have been worked by the great Apostles; inasmuch as, in the Name of Our Lord Jesus Christ, I have raised from the dead bodies that have been buried many years….”

– Quotes from his  “Letters” (Confessions and Letter to Coroticus)

Here is a remarkable account of how St. Patrick won Dublin to Christ. We see him operating in the prophetic, along with raising the king’s two children from the dead, including Princess Dublina, who the city would be named after (bold-type added):

“When Patrick came to Dublina he prophesied how great that small village would someday become. He also caused a fountain to spring up there. It happened that in the region nearby, the young son of the king lay dead in his chamber. The sorrow over his death was compounded when it was learned that his sister, who had gone to bathe in the neighboring river, had drowned in midstream. Her body was finally found resting on the riverbed, and was laid out beside that of her brother. Tombs were prepared for both according to pagan custom.

At this sorrowful time the rumor spread that Patrick of Ardmachia (Armagh), who in the Name of the Unknown God had raised many that were dead, had arrived in the village.  The king, Alphimus, promised that he, his nobles, and the whole “city” would be baptized into the new faith if his two children were restored.  Patrick, seeing the opportunity for a great gain of souls, raised them both to life.

By the physical resurrection of the prince and princess, the spiritual resurrection of the whole area from the darkness of paganism and idolatry was accomplished. And the temporary resurrection of bodies (that is, until they died again) gave a promise of eternal life in Heaven and of the resurrection of the body on Judgment Day.

After the raising of this royal brother and sister, churches were built and tributes appointed to Patrick as their patron, that is, as the first Archbishop (or Bishop) of Ardmachia. It is reputedly from the revived Princess Dublina that the present great city of Dublin got its name.”

All these stories and many more can be read in an article here.

Patrick’s supernatural evangelism of Ireland reminds me of Paul’s statement to the Corinthian church (bold-type added):

“And my speech and my preaching were not
with persuasive words of human wisdom,
but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power,
that your faith should not be
in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.” (1 Cor.2:4-5 NKJV)

As we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, may his life be an inspiration for us to stop being “average Christians” and start being “normal Christians.”  After all, Jesus said we will do what He did and even greater works (John 14:12).

Beannachtaí na Féile Páraic oraibh!
(“St. Patrick’s Day blessings upon you!” in Gaelic)



About Mel Wild

God's favorite (and so are you), a son and a father, happily married to the same beautiful woman for 42 years. We have three incredible adult children. My passion is pursuing the Father's heart in Christ and giving it away to others. My favorite pastime is being iconoclastic and trailblazing the depths of God's grace. I'm also senior pastor of Cornerstone Church in Wisconsin.
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23 Responses to “The man who raises dead people”- remembering St. Patrick

  1. Kathleen says:

    Reblogged this on Coming2Him and commented:
    Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us…(Hebrews 12:1)
    Would like to share this from Mel Wild. What an awesome reminder in Whose power we live and breath and have our being!

  2. Reblogged this on Kingdom Wings and commented:
    “Since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses…” (Hebrews 12:1) This is what came to mind after reading this wonderful post by Mel Wild. These accounts of Saint Patrick inspire and challenge us to “look to Jesus the founder and perfecter of our faith”; they empower us as we look forward to our time with His children in India! May you be blessed as well as you enjoy what Mel shares.

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  4. Mel!

    Man I Love your perspectives!

    Powerful witness!

    This just confirmed how I got bamboozled into thinking I couldn’t raise our mother from the grave who had been dead since 1996. I’m living in the understanding ALL things are possible. Even someone who has been dead for hundreds of years! Right!
    Great post though!

    In Love!


    • Mel Wild says:

      Thanks JJ. Much appreciated. St. Nicholas (yes, Santa Clause!) was said to have raised three children who were actually cut up and put in a barrel. He did this to prove that a tavern owner had killed them. It’s a gruesome story but it shows the extent of God’s power through those who believe. All kinds of stories like this in church history. A lot of these unusual miracles were done to bring people to faith. Like in the New Testament, the gospel was “show and tell.” Nowadays, we try to argue them into the Kingdom. All tell and no show.

      If we could disconnect ourselves from our rational Western paradigm we’re immersed in–one that didn’t even believe in germs until the late 1800’s because they couldn’t be seen–and start believing God like these early believers did, we might see more of these kinds of unusual miracles.

  5. Linda Gardiner says:

    I love this. I have never been one to get excited about celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, but now I am! This is awesome. I declare that the truth of these wonderful, rich examples of the legacy of Catholic Saints be revealed in a fresh new way to the Catholics today. May the truth of the power of our Lord unite us into one body declaring the goodness of God!

    • Mel Wild says:

      Amen, Linda. We all (Universal Catholic church) have such a rich heritage. These saints should be an inspiration of what faith and courage can do, even in the darkest parts of the world. And love is an important part in this. Patrick, though Welsh, really loved the Irish people. He was a fifth century example of God’s furious love!

      I’m so excited that we are beginning to awaken and recapture the heart of the Father who wants His kids to be free, bringing heaven to earth wherever we go. Blessings.

  6. Cindy Powell says:

    Ooh this is SO good, Mel!! What a great way to TRULY celebrate St. Patrick’s legacy! I knew some of this, but learned some new things 😃 I went to Ireland a few years back (I am half Irish – all year, lol) and really grew to appreciate his legacy in a very tangible way while I was there. What an amazing testimony! Thanks for sharing😃

    • Mel Wild says:

      Awesome, Cindy. Maureen and I so want to go sometime. We’re both half-Irish too (I’m also Welsh, English and German). What a beautiful part of the world that has gone through so much pain and suffering. But that’s how precious stones are made, through pressure and stress–no wonder it’s the Emerald Isle! Éirinn go brách! 🙂

  7. Elizabeth LaChance says:

    I lost my angel daughter to cancer last month. After many all over the country saw visions of her healing and had words from the Lord that it was not sickness unto death , she passed. I cannot believe God would go back on his world. Can people be raised from the creamted form, after all they will be in the end for those who were burned up in fires and explosions?? A mom with strong faith, Elizabeth

    • Mel Wild says:

      Very sorry to hear about your daughter, Elizabeth. I hate cancer!

      Not sure why she wasn’t healed after so many had visions for her healing. There are a lot of factors involved that prevent God’s will. In fact, His will is for no one to suffer from cancer, but we live in a fallen world where it’s prevalent.

      It’s possible for her to be raised from the dead from any state. It doesn’t matter in what state their physical body is in. St. Patrick raised people who were dead for years. But remember, this is an unusual miracle. And you also need to ask the Lord what’s best for her. She’s with Him now. If you really feel He wants you to pray for her to return to life, go for it! Either way, I pray the peace of God will flood your heart with His love. Blessings.

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  9. Raheela Amjad says:

    hi i am from Pakistan a christian girl and really i am speechless about st Patrick Raising from dead miracles by Power Of God just awesome actually before 26 days i lost my younger brother shakeel amjad as on 4 may 2017 on road accident he was just 22 years old he was chief by profession and even every one like him very much but we lost him well he was not ready to die i mean it is suddenly death he believe and love Jesus christ he want but not baptist i have strong believe that God bring him back to life with marcy on us and him so my brother must come back to life on earth and live with us as he was living happily, with Power and will of God amen because my whole family very sad and special my mother and father, i am his elder sister so please reply me and pray to God. again i have very strong faith in name of Father,and of Son,and of Holy spirit. nothing is impossible for God hallelujah.

    • Mel Wild says:

      I’m so sorry to hear about your brother, Raheela. I will definitely pray for you and your family, and for a miracle! You’re right, nothing is impossible with God!
      Blessings to you.

      • Raheela Amjad says:

        Thanks for reply and please communicate me that you are my inspiration for finding more faith on God because i leave world and chose God i serve my self only for God. i love God a lot. my email jameelamjad368@yahoo.com please.

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  11. daniel says:

    Hey Mel, I mentioned ya and this post in my latest episode on Sozo Talk Radio. Would love to have you as a guest and plug your book. When are ya free?

  12. Kunle bright says:

    Thanks to you Melwild for this post.
    I truly enjoyed the story of St Patrick, he is really a man of God. I believe in what Jesus Christ said that, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.” I pray that the Holy Spirit of God rest upon us to do signs wonders that the unbelievers can be transformed in Jesus name (Amen).

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  14. ijomah Emeka says:

    I am thrilled hearing the wonderful miracle done by saint Patrick.Sir I have ulcer for years in my stomach and bladder that happened as a result of accidents and also I was diagonised of hepatitis too.please sir I need your assistance in prayer and am convinced that God can heal me through your chain prayer intervention.

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