ST. PATRICK'S DAY
Patrick is the Patron Saint of Ireland and is known for having spread Christianity in Ireland. He was born
about 373 A.D. but not in Ireland!
He was actually born in
either Scotland or Roman England to relatively wealthy parents.
Around the age of sixteen, his parents'
estate found itself under attack from Irish raiders who took Patrick prisoner
and transported him to Ireland where he spent about six years in enslaved,
working as a shepherd. It was during this time captivity that he became a devout
Christian and perhaps, began to dream of converting the Irish pagans to
Patrick escaped back to Britain having "heard the voice of
God telling him it was time to leave Ireland" and shortly after his return
to Britain he
took up religious training, which lasted over fifteen years.
Some time after he
was ordained as a priest, he was sent back to Ireland to spread the word of
Christianity. He apparently used the shamrock as a symbol to explain
the concept of the Trinity (Father, Son, Holy Spirit).
believed to have died on 17th March some time around 460 AD.
is one the the most widely celebrated Saint's days the world over on March 17th. Why not try
some of the traditional recipes below and join the hundreds of thousands in the
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