Top of the morning to you! Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!
A few years ago I ordered an Ancestry.com DNA test. I’m excited to say that I’m 10% Irish. Maybe that’s The origin of my green eyes. When I was a child, we wore green on Saint Patrick’s Day to avoid getting pinched. When I was in college, the local bars around the university had green beer. I’ve never drank green beer, but every year our family eats corned beef and cabbage. I also enjoy the delicious Shamrock Shakes at McDonalds. Do you participate in any traditions?
Have you ever wondered who Saint Patrick was and the origin of the holiday? Saint Patrick was born in Great Britain near Kilpatrick, Scotland in 395 AD. The holiday began as a religious feast day in the 17th century. When he was sixteen years old, he was kidnapped and taken to the mountainous countryside of Ireland. There he was enslaved and forced to tend sheep. After about six years God told him in a dream to flee to the coast and find a ship to return home. He was able to escape and after he made it home, he had a second dream. This time the Irish people were begging him to return. Saint Patrick, still a young man, began studying to be a priest. He became a bishop in the Catholic Church. At the age of about 40 he returned to Ireland to spread Christianity. He reportedly baptized 100,000 Irish over time and 12,000 people in one day in an area near Killala. He created new churches. He converted priests and nuns, and he ministered to princes and paupers. He refused money, was placed in chains, beaten and faced execution many times. On March 17, 462 AD Saint Patrick died after nearly 30 years of missionary work. He is buried at Down Cathedral in Downpatrick, County Down, Ireland. He is most known for being the Patron Saint of Ireland and spreading Christianity to Ireland. For the most part he was forgotten for centuries. In the 17th century March 17th became an official feast day for the Catholic Church. Over time March 17th became more secular celebrating Irish culture and ancestry. Boston celebrated the holiday the first time in 1737. New York City enjoyed the first Saint Patrick’s Day parade on March 17, 1762. George Washington created the American holiday in 1780. I’ve heard it reported that every year 40 pounds of dye are used to turn the Chicago River green for Saint Patrick’s Day. In Ireland the holiday is solemn and Holy. I’m particularly fond of Saint Patrick’s prayer.
I wish you a wonderful Saint Patrick’s Day. God bless you.