23 April - St. George's Day.
St, George is the patron saint of England - and Aragon, Catalunya, Georgia, Gozo, Portugal and Romania. For different reasons, he is revered by Christians, Jews and Muslims and is it ironic that in this country today so little notice is taken of our patron.
Direct evidence of George's life is sketchy, but the Christian view is that his parents were Christians, of the Roman nobility and Greek heritage. George followed the customary course of a young Roman noble by joining the Roman Army. He was promoted to Tribune and stationed as part of the Imperial Guard at Nicomedia.
Diocletian then issued an edict that all Christian soldiers were to be degraded and required to sacrifice to Roman gods. George then freed his slaves, distributed his wealth to the poor and avowed hinself a Christian to the Emperor. Diocletian did not want to lose his Tribune and offered various inducements to George to change his faith. George refused to do so, was arrested and executed by decapitation.
George was never dressed in medieval plate armour, slaying a dragon with a lance. The "dragon" which George slew was Diocletian's view that Christians could be persuaded to renounce their faith by inducements or coercion. Christians today still face these same challenges.
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 one of the church officers.