St. Patrick's Day

What is St. Patrick's Day:

The traditional Irish holiday, Saint Patrick's Day is celebrated each year on March 17th. The day is celebrated in memory of St. Patrick, the Patron Saint of Ireland. It is believe that he died in the 5th century on March 17 AD 461, which is the day St. Patrick's Day is commemorated each year.

History of St. Patrick's Day:

St. Patrick spent thirty years building and setting up ministries and places of worship all around Ireland. St Patrick is credited with bringing christianity to Ireland. Most of what is known about him comes from his two works; the Confessio, a spiritual autobiography, and his Epistola, a denunciation of British mistreatment of Irish christians.
Saint Patrick described himself as a 'most humble-minded man', pouring forth a continuous paean of thanks to his Maker for having chosen him as the instrument whereby multitudes who had worshipped idols and unclean things had become the people of God.

On St. Patrick's Day:

The day is generally characterised by the attendance of church services, wearing of green attire (especially shamrocks),and the lifting of Lenten, Restrictions on eating and drinking alcohol, which is often proscribed during the rest of the season. Big cities and small towns alike celebrate with parades, "wearing of the green," music and songs, Irish food and drink, and activities for kids such as crafts, coloring and games.

Celebrations Around the World:

Saint Patrick's Day has come to be associated with everything Irish: anything green and gold, shamrocks and luck. Most importantly, to those who celebrate its intended meaning, St. Patrick's Day is a traditional day for spiritual renewal and offering prayers for missionaries worldwide. Green coloue is association with Saint Patrick's Day.

Green ribbons and shamrocks were worn in celebration of St. Patrick's Day as early as the 17th century. Saint Patrick is said to have used the shamrock, a three-leaved plant, to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagan Irish, and the wearing and display of shamrocks and shamrock-inspired designs have become a ubiquitous feature of the day. The three leaves representing the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, with the stem representing the Godhead.


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