We are all Irish on St Patrick’s Day. This Sunday is for wearing of the green, they say.
Thought it would be fun to read a little about St. Patrick and share some trivia/ quotes.
Who was St. Patrick?
He was born in Britain near the end of the 4th century. March 17 is the believed date of his death in 460.
When he was 16, Patrick was taken prisoner by a group of Irish raiders who were attacking his family’s estate. They transported him to Ireland where he spent six years in captivity. While in captivity he became a Christian.
He escaped and returned to Britain where he had a vision where an angel told him to return to Ireland as a missionary. Fifteen years later, after training then ordination as a priest, he went back to Ireland.
Since Patrick knew the Irish traditions and beliefs, he incorporated them into his lessons about Christianity. For example he used the shamrock to explain the Trinity to the people.
St Patrick Trivia
Patrick couldn’t have driven the snakes out of Ireland because there were never any snakes there to begin with.
Patrick isn’t really a Saint with a capital S, having never been officially canonized by Rome.
The color originally associated with St. Patrick was blue; green became associated during the 19th century.
St. Patrick Quotes
“Christ be with me, Christ within me,
Christ behind me, Christ before me,
Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort and restore me,
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of all that love me,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.”
“God, my God, omnipotent King, I humbly adore thee. Thou art King of kings, Lord of lords.
Thou art the Judge of every age.
Thou art the Redeemer of souls.
Thou art the Liberator of those who believe.
Thou art the Hope of those who toil.
Thou art the Comforter of those in sorrow.
Thou art the Way to those who wander.
Thou art Master to the nations.
Thou art the Creator of all creatures.
Thou art the Lover of all good.
Thou art the Prince of all virtues.
Thou art the joy of all Thy saints.
Thou art life perpetual.
Thou art joy in truth.
Thou art the exultation in the eternal fatherland.
Thou art the Light of light.
Thou art the Fountain of holiness.
Thou art the glory of God the Father in the height.
Thou art Savior of the world.
Thou art the plenitude of the Holy Spirit.
Thou sittest at the right hand of God the Father on the throne, reigning for ever.”
And a Few Fun St. Patrick Day Sayings
What do you get when you cross poison ivy with a four-leaf clover? A rash of good luck. ~Author Unknown
Never iron a four-leaf clover, because you don’t want to press your luck. ~Author Unknown
May the blessing of God’s soft rain be on you,
Falling gently on your head, refreshing your soul
With the sweetness of little flowers newly blooming.
May the strength of the winds of Heaven bless you,
Carrying the rain to wash your spirit clean
Sparkling after in the sunlight.
May the blessing of God’s earth be on you,
And as you walk the roads,
May you always have a kind word for those you meet.
May you all have a blessed St. Patrick’s Day!