St. Patrick’s Day

March 17, 2011
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It is easy to make light of St. Patrick’s Day.

For some it has become a day for parades, corned beef and cabbage – some turnip, too, and for everything green and for Leprechauns, and for others, it is also a day for a few pints or a drink or two.

St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, was born in Scotland.

He was ordained a Bishop. Somehow, by the middle half of the 5th Century, he was revered as the Patron Saint of Ireland.

He ministered in North Ireland from 428 onward.

He preached the Gospel throughout Ireland.

Even kings were said to have converted to Christianity upon hearing him preach.

He died on March 17, 461.

He used the Shamrock to teach the Trinity.

He was a humble, Pious, gentle man and we celebrate his life on St. Patrick’s Day.

It is altogether a day for fun.

Enjoy it.