thousands of videos and articles
The True Story of the Patron Saint of Ireland

Moira Brown shares the story of Saint Patrick and the rich Christian history behind the holiday that is anticipated and celebrated my many! 

March 17: Saint Patrick's Day, Feast Day of St. Patrick, Patron Saint of Ireland

Born in Roman Britain in the late 4th century, he was kidnapped at the age of 16 and taken to Ireland as a slave. He escaped but returned about 432 to convert the Irish to Christianity. By the time of his death on March 17, 461, he had established monasteries, churches, and schools. Many legends grew up around him-for example, that he drove the snakes out of Ireland and used the shamrock to explain the Trinity.

Saint Patrick's Day was made an official feast day in the early seventeenth century and is observed by the Catholic Church, the Anglican Communion (especially the Church of Ireland), the Eastern Orthodox Church and Lutheran Church. For Christians, the day commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. However, it has also become a celebration of Irishness and Irish culture in general.

Today, the celebrations generally involve public parades and festivals and wearing of green attire or shamrocks.Christians also attend church services and the Lenten restrictions on eating and drinking alcohol are lifted for the day.

comments powered by Disqus
Share This
Related Content
Related Verse
God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.
- James1:12 NLT
Related Prayer
Dear God, sometimes my "testing" season seems so long. Please give me courage to endure until the end. Help me not to bail! You said you would bless me for hanging in there - I will not give up on you or your promises. You are with me and will see me through this trial.