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Muirchú's Life of Patrick (Author: Muirchú maccu Machtheni)

Chapter 8


I 9 (8). (1) On receiving the news of the death in Britain of holy Palladius—the disciples of Palladius, Augustine, Benedict, and others, on their way home had reported his decease at Ebmoria—Patrick and


those who were with him made a detour and went to an admirable man and great bishop named Amathorex, who was living in a place not far away, (2) and there holy Patrick, knowing what was to happen to him, had the episcopal grade conferred on him by the holy bishop Amathorex; (3) also Auxilius, Iserninus and others (were ordained to) lower grades on the same day as holy Patrick was consecrated. (4) They received blessings, performed everything according to custom, and—as if it were done specially, and aptly so, for Patrick—they sang the verse of the Psalmist: ‘Thou art a priest for ever in the succession of Melchisedech.’ The venerable traveller, then, in the name of the Holy Trinity, boarded a ship that was ready for him, arrived in Britain, and then, avoiding all delay that was not required by the ordinary conditions of travel—for nobody seeks the Lord with sloth—speedily and with a favourable wind sailed across our sea.