Yep, it’s St. Patty’s Day again but what is this all about?
Who was St Patrick and why do we celebrate?
Although he was not born Irish, he has become an important part of the Irish heritage.
St. Patrick’s Day is a global celebration of Irish culture around March 17. And it remembers St. Patrick, as one of Ireland’s patron saints, who ministered Christianity in Ireland during the fifth century.
The meaning of St. Patrick’s Day
Saint Patrick’s Day, or the Feast of Saint Patrick = Irish: Lá Fhéile Pádraig,. Or in other words “the Day of the Festival of Patrick”, is a cultural and religious celebration held on 17 March, the traditional death date of Saint Patrick ( c. AD 385–461).
Why Is St. Patrick So Famous?
Saint Patrick was a Bishop of Ireland. And the story tells that Patrick banishes all snakes from Ireland.
The absence of snakes in Ireland gave rise to the legend that they had all been banished by Saint Patrick chasing them into the sea after they attacked him during a 40-day fast he was undertaking on top of a hill.
Why is the color green used for Saint Patrick’s Day?
Facts behind Happy Saint Patrick’s Day
Saint Patrick (Latin: Patricius; Irish: Pádraig [ˈpˠaːd̪ˠɾˠəɟ]; Welsh: Padrig) was a fifth-century Romano-British Christian missionary and bishop in Ireland.
Known as the “Apostle of Ireland”, he is the primary patron saint of Ireland, along with saints Brigit of Kildare and Columba.
He is also venerated in the Anglican Communion, the Old Catholic Church and in the Eastern Orthodox Church as equal-to-the-apostles and Enlightener of Ireland.
The dates of Patrick’s life cannot be fixed with certainty. However, there is broad agreement that he was active as a missionary in Ireland during the second half of the 5th century.
Early medieval tradition credits him with being the first bishop of Armagh and Primate of Ireland.
Further they regard him as the founder of Christianity in Ireland.
Because he converted a society practicing a form of Celtic polytheism.
He has been generally so regarded ever since, despite evidence of some earlier Christian presence in Ireland.
According to the “Confessio of Patrick” (book with his confessions).
When he was about 16, he was captured by Irish pirates from his home in Britain. And taken as a slave to Ireland. There he was looking after animals, I guess like a Sheppard.
Patrick stayed & lived there for six years before he escaped. He then returned to his family.
It was after he became a cleric, that he returned to northern and western Ireland.
Later in his life, he served as a bishop. However, there is only very little information about the places where he worked.
Around the seventh century, he had already come to be revered as the patron saint of Ireland.
St. Patrick’s Day is observed on 17 March
This is actually supposed to be the date of his death. It is celebrated inside and outside Ireland as a religious and cultural holiday. In the dioceses of Ireland, it is both a solemnity and a holy day of obligation; it is also a celebration of Ireland itself.
Well I hope that gave you at least a rough understanding of why we celebrate St. Patrick’s.
Enjoy it and be save
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