PATRICK: A HEART AFIRE, I
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Theme: Hero of the Faith
Episode Number: 394
Writer: Matt Sommer & Paul McCusker
Album: # 31: Days to Remember
Last Air Date: 11/02/2004
Original Air Date: 3/7/98
Jared arrives at Whit's End wearing a green sweater in honor of St. Patrick's Day, but is not sure why the green has significance, so Whit offers to tell him the story of St. Patrick.
In flashback, the drama describes the early life of Patrick, a rebellious young Englishman. Irish raiders destroy Patrick's village and take him captive to Ireland. On the boat to Ireland, Patrick tells Julius, the baker's son, that he believes the destruction of his home is due to his disobedience toward his father.
King Nial, under the influence of Lochru, a Druid priest, takes slaves from the British captives as workers and human sacrifices. At the slave auction, Patrick is chosen as a human sacrifice, but on the way to the temple Patrick is taken into slavery by Michlu, a landowner, as payment for a debt. The six years that Patrick serves as a shepherd for Michlu prove to be a turning point as he grows closer and closer to God. He has a vision telling him to return to England. When Michlu refuses to grant him his freedom, he escapes and takes passage on a vessel bound first for France, then to England.
Continued in part 2...