This is the American Holiday in which everyone wears green and parties!
Here is what it says on History.com:
St. Patrick's Day is celebrated on March 17, the saint's religious feast day and the anniversary of his death in the fifth century. The Irish have observed this day as a religious holiday for over 1,000 years. On St. Patrick's Day, which falls during the Christian season of Lent, Irish families would traditionally attend church in the morning and celebrate in the afternoon. Lenten prohibitions against the consumption of meat were waived and people would dance, drink and feast--on the traditional meal of Irish bacon and cabbage.
A Religious Holiday??
Hard to see that with all the parades and parties!!
So first---Who is St. Patrick?
According to Catholic.org,
He was born to roman parents in 5th century Great Britain and when he was about 14 was kidnapped and sold into slavery in Ireland to herd and tend sheep.
Ireland at this time was the land of druids and pagans, but Patrick was a Christian.
While being held captive he would pray to God, and he wrote these words:
"The love of God and his fear grew in me more and more, as did the faith, and my soul was rosed, so that, in a single day, I have said as many as a hundred prayers and in the night, nearly the same." "I prayed in the woods and on the mountain, even before dawn. I felt no hurt from the snow or ice or rain."
When he was 20 God spoke to him in a dream telling him to escape by the Coast, which he did and he returned to Great Britain.
Back home he studied to become a priest, and then later became a bishop.
He would dream that the people of Ireland calling to him: "We beg you, holy youth, to come and walk among us once more."
He returned to Ireland and preached and converted many entire kingdoms to Christianity. He preached for 40 years and performed many miracles. He lived in poverty and suffered greatly and he died March 17, 461.
There are many legends surrounding St. Patrick, such as how he used the shamrock's three leaves to explain the Holy Trinity.
So it is interesting....how this annual Christian celebration is today, rarely recognized for its Christian roots.
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