Thursday, March 17, 2011

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Are you wearing green? Do you know why you're wearing green? Any idea why you see shamrocks everywhere on St. Patrick's Day? I did a bit of research to find out.

St. Patrick’s Day is the celebration of the anniversary of Patrick, the son of an of Roman-British army officer Calpurnius. He was born in either Scotland or Roman England with the name Maewyn Succat. He was sold into slavery by pirates who kidnapped him.

After a dream of seeing God, he escaped to Britain then went to France where he joined a monastery. He trained for 12 years then became a bishop. After dreaming that he was called to Ireland to share the news about God, he went with the Pope’s blessing and managed to convert quite a few of the Irish—many of them Pagans.

Patrick was arrested a few times, but he always managed to escape. He set up monasteries and schools throughout Ireland. Legends claim that St. Patrick used a 3-leaf shamrock to show the Trinity of Christianity.


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