St. Patrick

St. Patrick  was prefigured in the Old Testament by Moses, and certain events surrounding him. These stories come from the Books of Exodus, Numbers and Deuteronomy. For a video that gives the Scriptural and historical references, see the below video at the bottom of this page. Directly below, select the corresponding numbered tabs for a summary of the parallels.

Old Testament

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New Testament

Fasting on a Mountain

Moses fasted 40 days and forty nights on Mount Sinai. He went to the top of the Mountain alone, and came back down to give the 10 commandments to the Israelites.

Shepherd in Exile

Moses fled Egypt and resided in the land of Midian. While he was in exile, he spent his time shepherding the sheep and goats of his father in law, Jethro.

Return to Deliver the People

While he was in Midian, God called Moses to go back into Egypt, where he was sure to face hardship and difficulty, in order to deliver His people from bondage and slavery.

Water Turned to Blood

One of the signs that Moses performed, in order to release the Israelites, was turning the Nile River to blood.

Staff of Miracles

Moses carried his shepherd’s staff with him into Egypt, with which he performed many signs and wonders… in order to release the Israelites from their captivity.

Spoken to in Exile by God

While Moses was in Exile, God spoke to him from the burning bush, and gave him his mission.

Saving People From the Snakes

Moses mounted a bronze serpent on a pole, which saved the Israelites from the danger of the snakes that were plaguing them in the desert.

The Great Father to the People

Moses is the ultimate prophet to the Israelites, and is the giver of God’s commandments and the law. The religion of the Israelites was given to the people by Moses.

Fasting on a Mountain

Patrick climbed Croagh Patrick, in county Mayo, where he fasted for 40 days and 40 nights. Patrick came down and gave the people of Ireland the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the law of the Church.

Shepherd in Exile

St. Patrick was taken as a slave to Ireland. While he was in the land of his exile, he spent his time shepherding sheep as a slave.

Return to Deliver the People

After Patrick escaped his captivity, God called him back into Ireland, where he was sure to face hardship and difficulty, in order to deliver the Irish from the slavery of sin, Satan and death.

Water Turned to Blood

One of the signs that St. Patrick performed, in order to convert the Irish, was turning Lough Derg red with blood, after killing a giant snake at that lake.

Staff of Miracles

St. Patrick carried his bishop’s crozier, which is a shepherd’s staff, with which he performed many signs and wonders… in order to convert the Irish to Christianity.

Spoken to in Exile by God

While St. Patrick was in exile in Ireland as a slave, he experienced God’s presence in a profound way, and converted himself to Christianity. He also her God’s voice telling him to escape.

Saving People From the Snakes

St. Patrick drove all the snakes from Ireland, saving the Irish from the plague of venomous snakes in their land.

The Great Father to the People

St. Patrick is the primary saint of the Irish. He is the founder of Christianity in Ireland. The Catholic Faith of the Irish was given to them by St. Patrick.


Watch the full length video below for Scriptural and historical references, and for the complete context of the parallels displayed above.