St. Patrick’s Day 2018
St. Patrick’s Day is a global celebration in Irish culture commemorated on 17th of March annually. It particularly remembers St. Patrick, one of Ireland’s patron saints, who ministered Christianity in Ireland during the fifth century and was born Roman British.
St. Patrick lived in the fifth century as the evangelist of Ireland was kidnapped into slavery by a band of pirates and brought to Ireland at the age of 16. He was said to be dreaming of reaching out to meet the eternal spirit (God) after coming across brutal people while his span of slavery. The succeeding escape took him back to his family and then he joined a Church. He later returned to Ireland and brought Christianity to its people and also joined a monastery and started working in the north and west side of the country. He said that his span of slavery took him closer to God through his prayers.
Following Patrick’s demise is believed to have been on March 17, 461. The most well-known legend, he described the Holy Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) using the three leaves of a native Irish clover, the shamrock. The day of remembrance has been a public holiday since 1903 in Ireland and some other parts of the world as well.
Who is the patron saint of Ireland?
The patron Irish saint is St Patrick, a 5th-century Christian missionary, and Bishop in Ireland. St. Patrick is also considered as the Irish Apostle and is the foremost patron saint of the nation, along with two other saints Columba and Brigit of Kildare. The approach of a patron St. is derived from Eastern Orthodoxy and Roman Catholicism also concerning that a saint is seen as a supernal advocate of values say craft, place, nation, and family, among distinct things. Saints are considered to transform the transcendental and can defend their charges. Saint Patrick is also celebrated in the Old Catholic Church and the Anglican Communion as well.
Chroniclers and historians cannot be certain of the accurate dates of St. Patrick’s life and exact whereabouts. He is believed to be subsisted in the second half of the fifth century also the first archbishop of Armagh and Primate of Ireland. Also considered to be the originator of Christianity in Ireland.
A festival to mark the greatness of a culture/religion, St. Patrick’s Day gives us all the possible reasons to celebrate it. If nothing then least the hope of better future and lives with a lot of positivity and strength.
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