Who Was St. Patrick?
St. Patrick's Day is that one day of the year when everybody is Irish.. .or at least pretends to be. When it comes to St. Patrick's Day history, the US has all kinds of traditions that, frankly, aren't even Irish. And, neither is St. Patrick.
St. Patrick was born in Bannavem Taberniae England around 386 AD and at the age of 16, after an attack on his family’s estate by Irish raiders, was sold into slavery. He was brought to Ireland and worked a lonely life as a shepherd. It was then that he became a devout Christian, embracing his religion for solace. But at the age of 22, after having a vision from a man called Victoricus, he was urged to leave Ireland and return to England.
For 15 years he continued his Christian studies; in a monastery of Le’rins off the coast of France and then in France with Saint Germanius, a French Bishop.
St. Patrick returned to Ireland in his 30’s to preach the Gospel throughout Ireland. There, he converted many people -eventually thousands - and he began building churches across the country.
St. Patrick died on March 17, 461, the day we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.
Fun fact: It’s believed that St. Patrick used the shamrock to teach the holy trinity, but legend says that finding a four-leaf clover on St. Patrick’s Day will bring you luck. Each clover leaf represents something different. First leaf represents hope, second leaf represents faith, third leaf represents love and the fourth leaf represents luck!
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