Saint Patrick (with Shamrock)
St Patrick was born in England; it was then the west coast of Romano- Britain.
Calpurnius, his father, was a Roman citizen who was a deacon. His mother, Consessa, gave him a Roman name, Patricius. His modern Irish Gaelic name is Pádraig. He is affectionally called ‘St Paddy’ too!
With his father being a Christian deacon, Patricius was brought up in the faith.
When he was in his teens, while his parents were away, a group of Irish raiders ransacked his family estate. Patricius together with the servants were abducted and taken to Ireland by the raiders.
Patrick became a slave in Ireland; his master was kind, thus Patricius served him well for six long years.
At that time, Ireland was not a predominately a Christian country. Many still had pagan beliefs and worshipped the sun etc. The Druids, an ancient celtic priesthood practised rites involving the oak tree and the mistletoe and there could have even been human sacrifices.
His religious fervour started in Ireland. In a dream, he heard a voice telling him that it was time for him to leave and go back to England. This, he took seriously and plotted his escape.
He came across a trading vessel and he was hired as a crew. For three days they sailed until they landed in an unknown country. They then travelled on foot for almost a month. Their provisions were gone. The people in the party, whom Patrick said were heathen, taunted him to ask his God for food. Patrick calmly told them “Nothing is impossible to the Lord my God. Turn to him truly, that he may send you food in your path this day till ye are filled, for he has plenty in all places.”
Soon after, a drove of pigs appeared before them, the hungry crewmen slaughtered enough pigs to satiate their hunger. It was believed that the unnamed country was France and that they were in the Bordeaux region.
When Patrick arrived back in Britain, he was greeted warmly.
He studied at a monestary and was ordained in 417.
Patrick never forgot Ireland. He had a series of dreams encouraging and urging him to go back.
It was after he became a bishop that he finally answered the call of Ireland.
There was a legend of St Patrick that he drove all the snakes into the sea, thus Ireland was for many years snake-free. Apparently this is more a symbolism of converting the pagans into Christianity.
St Patrick did not bring Christianity to Ireland; there were already pockets of Christians in Ireland. What St Patrick did was celebrate, inspire, organise and expand Christianity in Ireland.
St. Patrick’s Birthday.
Says he, “Boys, don’t be fighting for eight or for nine;
Don’t be always dividing—but sometimes combine;
Combine eight with nine, and seventeen is the mark,
So let that be his birthday.” “Amen,” says the clerk.
So they all got blind drunk—which completed their bliss,
And we keep up the practice from that day to this!
The shamrock is the name given to the young sprigs of clover trefoil. It is known as a symbol of Ireland. According to legend St Patrick used it as a metaphor for the Christian Trinity
Did you know?
The Chicago River is dyed green annually to celebrate St Patrick’s Day.
St Patricks Day Chicago, The river is dyed green
St Patrick. stain glass window in St Benin’s Church, Kilbennan
“ST Patrick Payer
This day I call to me:
God’s strength to direct me,
God’s power to sustain me,
God’s wisdom to guide me,
God’s vision to light me,
God’s ear to my hearing,
God’s word to my speaking,
God’s hand to uphold me,
God’s pathway before me,
God’s shield to protect me…
Christ beside me, Christ before me,
Christ behind me. Christ within me,
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ to the right of me, Christ to the left of me,
Christ in my lying, my sitting, my rising,
Christ in the heart of all who know me,
Christ on the tongue of all who meet me,
Christ in the eye of all who see me,
Christ in the ear of all who hear me.
For my shield, this day, I call:
a mighty power:
the Holy Trinity!
in the making of all – through love …”
St Patrick died on March 17 about 457 or 461 the exact date is unknown. It became the feast day and celebration of St Patrick.
There was no formal canonization process in the Church during its first millennium. In the early years of the Church the title saint was bestowed first upon martyrs, and then upon individuals recognized by tradition as being exceptionally holy during their lifetimes.
To these days, many celebrations and street parades are held in many places to commemorate St Patrick
Ireland of course, Great Britain(well he was English by birth!) US – New York, Chicago etc., that have strong Irish connections through immigration.
The White (with some green!) House Washington DC celebrates St Patrick’s Day
Peter’s favourite colour is green and I like the emerald green which Ireland has it’s ‘national’ colour
London’s St Patrick’s Day Parade involves marching bands, floats, street theatre and more. All 32 Irish counties are represented, dressed in their traditional county colours. Other parade participants include members of London’s Irish community and other Londoners. The parade begins at Green Park at 12pm and will proceed through central London to Trafalgar Square. The event finishes at 6pm. Set to be one of London’s liveliest celebrations of the year, over 100,000 people attended last year’s event.
Trafalgar Square will host the festival programme of live Irish music and dance on the main performance stage, showcasing the best of Irish music and dance from traditional to contemporary.
The London Eye lit up in green for St Patricks Day
St Patrick’s Day celebration, near Trafalgar Square, London
A drop of the black nectar!
I dare say that during the day many glasses full of Guinness, Magners, and Jameson’s whiskey will go bottoms up 😉
Don’t see too many little green leprechauns 🙂
Enjoy the craic!