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Why We Celebrate Saint Patrick's Day


Saint Patrick's Day (March 17th), is an Irish holiday honoring

Saint Patrick, the missionary credited with converting the Irish to

Christianity (in the A.D. 400's).


Saint Patrick was not actually Irish. Historical sources report

that he was born around 373 A.D. in either Scotland, near the town

of Dumbarton or in Roman Britain.


His Father was named Calpurnius, a Roman-British army officer.

The Romans left Britain in 410 A.D..


Saint Patrick's real name is believed to be Maewyn Succat.

He was called "Patrick", or "Patricus", after he became a priest.


He was kidnapped at the age of 16 by pirates and sold into

slavery in Ireland (A true story).


During his 6-year captivity, while working as a Shepherd, he began to have

religious dreams, and found strength in his faith.


He finally escaped, after having a dream, given to him from God,

telling him how to escape and where he could find a getaway ship.


He went to France, where he became a Priest and later a Bishop,

(which cannot be proven). He studied there for twelve years.


When he was about 60 years old, St. Patrick travelled to Ireland to

spread the Christian word.


It's said that Patrick had an unusually

winning personality, and that helped him bring people to Christianity.


Saint Patrick used the shamrock, which resembles a three-leafed clover,

as a metaphor to explain the concept of the Trinity (Father, Son, Holy Spirit).

{The Shamrock has one Stem and Three Leaves,

representing the entire Trintiy.

The three leaves are each a representative of

Father (God), Son (Jesus) and Holy Spirit.}


Saint Patrick spent twenty to thirty years in Ireland,

spreading and sharing the Word of God and Christianity.


By the end of the 7th century, Patrick had become a legendary

figure, and the legends have continued to grow since then.


One of the more prominent legends, reflects that

Saint Patrick had put the curse of God

on venomous snakes in Ireland. 

And he drove all the snakes into the sea where they drowned.


Yes, some of this may be legend, but Saint Patrick was a Real Man

who brought Christianity to Ireland.


He died on March 17th, in the year 461 A.D.,

which is why we set that date to Celebrate Saint Patrick's Day!


The first Saint Patrick's Day America celebrated, was in Boston, 1737.



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