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Sunday, March 17, 2013
Happy St. Patrick's Day
ST. PATRICK'S DAY
This is my husband's favorite
holiday....no shopping....no presents....no travel....no cooking huge meals...he
says all you need to do is eat corned beef brisket with cabbage and drink green
beer! For weeks he can be heard reciting Irish limericks...."I'm an Irishman,
I'm an Irishman and I'm full of Irish booze....If you don't like my Irish song,
I'll throw up on your shoes!" He is full of limericks!!
The History of St. Patrick's
St. Patrick's Day, celebrated
every year on March 17, is a holiday honoring Saint Patrick, the missionary
credited with converting the Irish to Christianity in the A.D. 400s. Saint
Patrick's real name was Maewyn Succat. For his first 16 years, Maewyn lived a
normal life as the son of a wealthy landowner and magistrate in
At 16, Maewyn was captured and
sold into slavery by a group of pirates who raided his village. After six years
of herding sheep, Maewyn escaped, went to France and became a priest, adopting
the name Patrick.
During his training, Patrick
discovered that his calling was to convert Irish pagans to Christianity. He
returned to Ireland, established monasteries across the country, set up schools
and churches, and converted many with his winning personality. Patrick carried
on a very successful mission for thirty years. When he died on March 17, that
day was commemorated as St. Patrick's Day.
Originally a Catholic holy
day, St. Patrick's Day has evolved into more of a secular holiday. In America,
in fact, St. Patrick's Day is basically a time when everyone becomes Irish,
wears green and goes out to party.
This is the cute guy I put out
on the top of my file cabinet at work.
Fun Facts...Did you
That green is associated with
St. Patrick's Day because it's the color of spring?
That the shamrock is a
traditional symbol because Saint Patrick used the three-leafed shamrock to
represent how the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit could exist as separate
elements in the same entity?
That the first St. Patrick's
Day in America was celebrated in Boston in 1737?
That the following things on
St. Patrick's Day will bring you good luck? Finding a four-leaf clover, wearing
green and kissing the Blarney Stone.