After celebrating St. Patrick’s Day yesterday and having fun, have you ever wondered who Saint Patrick is and why he is celebrated? He is the guiding and protecting saint of Ireland, but ironically, he wasn’t Irish. So if you are intrigued and want to know more, then you came to the right place. According to the Irish American Heritage Museum director, Elizabeth Stack, in New York, St. Patrick went from being a poor soul sold to slavery to becoming accredited with bringing the Christian religion to Ireland. According to Elizabeth Stack, he had a dream where he saw the Irish people crying for him and asking him for help. Therefore, he returned to Ireland and brought Christianity with him. He is the one responsible for converting pagans and the Celts to Christianity in Ireland.
The Celebration of Saint Patrick’s Day
It is celebrated on March 17th, the day on which he is assumed to have died. The holiday began as a religious celebration with similar ideals, but now it is more of a symbol of Irish pride. Until around forty years ago, the celebration was a spiritual and a very traditional one, and a very solemn time across the Irish lands. It was so religious that even the bars remained closed for business. However, things indeed changed these days, as the popularity for using fun symbols, wearing green, and using shamrocks have increased greatly during the celebration of St. Patrick’s Day.
The celebration of St. Patrick’s Day on March 17th also happens to fall during the Christian Lent holiday, which is a forty-day period that is full of fasting and prayers. Christians in Ireland would go to church in the morning, and then they would hit the bars and celebrate wildly in the afternoon. The Catholic holiday for St. Patrick has been celebrated since the eighth century in Ireland. Much to everyone’s surprise, the earliest record of a parade during St. Patrick’s Day took place in Florida and not in Ireland, which happened back in 1601. Back in the day, it was still a Spanish Colony.
Who Exactly Was Saint Patrick?
Saint Patrick is a British citizen who was born in 386. At the age of 16, he got sold into slavery after being captured by pirates. He spent endless days and nights in the fields praying while tending the sheep. That steady routine of prayer is the reason behind reshaping the remaining of his life. Six years later, he heard God’s voice in his dreams, which directed him to a boat that took him home. He made his way and escaped to France in the year 408 and finally made his way to Ireland.
Saint Patrick is the person responsible for bringing Christianity to Ireland. He wrote 2 books, Letter to Coroticus, a book where he urged the British people to stop mistreating the Irish Christians. The second book was Confessio, which serves as his autobiography from a spiritual perspective.