February 2 - The Presentation of Christ in the Temple
Jesus was taken to the Temple in Jerusalem by Mary and Joseph forty days after His birth to complete Mary's ritual purification after childbirth and to present Him to God, as was normal in Judaism.
Upon bringing Jesus into the temple, they encountered Simeon, who had been promised that he should not see death before he had seen the Lord's Christ. Simeon then uttered the prayer that would become known as the Nunc Dimittis, which prophesied the redemption of the world by Jesus:
“Lord, now let your servant depart in peace, according to your word; for my eyes have seen your salvation which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to your people Israel.”
Simeon then prophesied to Mary: "Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is spoken against (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), that thoughts out of many hearts may be revealed."
The elderly prophetess Anna was also in the Temple, and offered prayers and praise to God for Jesus, and spoke to everyone there of His importance to redemption in Jerusalem
Today Jesus is still the way to redemption for all who seek Him.
Major Parish Church status requires St. Patrick's PCC to consider, together with the congregation, the Patrington community, and other consultees and bodies how best to conserve the magnifcent and internationally-known architectural gem, dedicated to God and St. Patrick, which stands at the heart of our village - St. Patrick's Church. The PCC agreed on 29 January to begin work on compiling a Conservation Management Plan, as recommended by the Church Buildings Council. More of this later!
St. Patrick's Day is on 17 March, which this year is on a Sunday. It may be some 1,558 years since Patrick's death, but this year we have something special to celebrate - the woodcarving next to the path from the car park to the north porch, which will be dedicated on his day. We are making it a special weekend, with the Gift Day being held in the Market Place on the morning of Saturday 16 March, followed by a ceilidh in the church Saturday evening (7.00 for 7.30, tickets £8.00) with a special service at 10.30 on Sunday. More information to follow.
Welcome to St. Patrick's.
The church is open daily from around 9am to 5pm, or until dusk if earlier.
Access for ambulatory visitors from the car park on High Street is up the steps between the handrails and direct to the north porch. Wheelchair users' access is through the gap in the east wall of the car park, through the lychgate and again to the north porch. There is a ramp for wheelchairs just inside the porch to help negotiate the entry step.
Entry to the church from Church Lane, to the south of the church, is via the kissing gates and the paths leading to the north of the church. These routes are not accessible to wheelchair users. There are some areas of the churchyard cordoned off for safety reasons pending attention from the Patrington Parish Council, who are responsible for churchyard maintenance.
If you are interested in exploring our beautiful church but do not wish to participate in a church service, we respectfully suggest you avoid service times (shown in the calendar).
If you would like to organise a group visit, please contact the PCC Secretary in advance, so that clashes with other visits or activities are avoided. We advise that a group visit covering the whole of the church will take a minimum of two hours, three hours if a tower tour is included.