St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick, as a teen was enslaved by the Druids in Ireland. Every day and night of the six years he was there, Patrick sent hundreds of prayers to God for salvation. One night he heard God’s voice tell him of a ship that would take him to his home and family.  He left to find the ship and was reunited with  his parents. Years later he dreamed the people of Ireland were calling him to come back. He traveled there again as a missionary, avoiding the Druids who still wished to enslave him. While in Ireland for many years, he taught God’s word to the people, baptized many of his followers and ordained priests to carry on the Christian work. He used the shamrock to help them visualize the Holy Trinity.  St. Patrick died March 17, 493 and became the Patron Saint of Ireland. 

Whether you celebrate March 17th as a liturgical or non-liturgical holiday, do celebrate the beauty of Ireland, being Irish, or simply celebrate all the good in your life with those you love. Eat, drink hearty and show some wearin’ of the green!

A well-known Irish Prayer:

May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
The rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of his hand.

May God be with you and bless you:
May you see your children’s children.
May you be poor in misfortune,
Rich in blessings.
May you know nothing but happiness
From this day forward.

May the road rise up to meet you
May the wind be always at your back
May the warm rays of sun fall upon your home
And may the hand of a friend always be near.

May green be the grass you walk on,
May blue be the skies above you,
May pure be the joys that surround you,
May true be the hearts that love you.

May all have a safe and happy St. Patrick’s Day.



2 thoughts on “St. Patrick’s Day

  1. and a Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you…I loved Ireland when I was there for a weeks vacation a few yrs ago…breathtaking country, fun, fun, fun

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