Story of Saint Patrick

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: fun culture note.

This year Saint Patrick’s Day will be on March 17. (Silly me… I make it sound like that’s special, but it’s that day, every year!) Before I share with you our list of St Patrick’s Day crafts, let me share a bit about his life.

 

Was Saint Patrick even Irish?

Well, according to History.com, Saint Patrick was actually born in Britain!! At the age of 16, he was captured by Irish raiders and transported across the sea to Ireland. After spending six years in captivity, Patrick escaped, traveled back to Britain, and trained to become a priest. Once his training was complete, he returned to Ireland "to minister to Christians already living in Ireland and to begin to convert the Irish."

Did St. Patrick rid Ireland of snakes?

Sorry, but no. It is true that there are no snakes in Ireland these days, but there never were any. National Geographic explains that because Ireland is surrounded by chilly waters, there is no way snakes could migrate there in the first place. National Geographic speculates that the snakes could be symbolic of the "pagan ways" that St. Patrick drove out of Ireland.

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Did Patrick use Clovers while Preaching?

Legend says that he did. Catholic.org writes that Patrick used a three-leafed shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity to the locals. However, other sites call this story just a myth. And, by the way, a bit of trivia regarding four leaf clovers. They are indeed rare, but they aren’t exactly one in a million. It is estimated that there is one four leaf clover for every 10,000 three-leaf ones.

 

 

Patrick’s lasting Legacy

According to author Thomas Cahill,Saint Patrick may have been the first person in recorded history to speak out against slavery. In an interview with American Catholic, Cahill remarks: "The papacy did not condemn slavery as immoral until the end of the 19th century, but here is Patrick in the fifth century seeing it for what it is. I think that shows enormous insight and courage and a tremendous ‘fellow feeling’—the ability to suffer with other people, and to understand what other people’s suffering is like."

 

Saint Patrick s Day

Let’s hail St Patrick for bringing us both some joy and enlightenment.

 

 

 

St Patrick’s Day Crafts

Pranching Leprechaun

Handmade Lucky Shamrock Stamp

Vintage St. Patricks Day Greeting Card ~ Printable

Shamrock Cookies

St Patricks Day Gift bags ~  Printables

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Other St Patrick’s Day Craft ideas, clip art & coloring pages


Comments

  1. Hi Rose! Thanks so much for stopping by (at both of my blogs) and following through the Linky hop. I’m here, quite happily following back! I’ve actually had a couple of Reiki sessions for my back, but it was a few years ago now and I hadn’t thought about giving it a shot to help with the symptoms of “mentalpause”. Great idea! Thanks for the tip!

    I love the St. Paddy’s day crafts and projects that you shared. I was always told that it is true that St. Patrick used the shamrock to teach about the Holy Trinity, but then again, I also grew up with a mother and grandmother who believed in just about every Irish superstition that ever existed! LOL

    Thanks again for stopping by. Hope to see you around often!
    ~Mary @ Spilled On The Kitchen Table and
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  2. Nina Smith says:

    I just wanted to remark on the message given in this article, ” St Patrick’s day is on March 17th this year,”
    ST PATRICK’S DAY IS ALWAYS ON MARCH 17, IT NEVER VARIES.

  3. Fine Craft Guild says:

    Oh yes, Nina. HOW RIGHT YOU ARE… I better reword it a bit, don’t I?!

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