St. Patrick’s Day

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Griffin Brumbelow, Writer

What is St. Patrick’s Day? St. Patrick’s Day, or The Feast of St. Patrick, is a Christian holiday originating in Ireland to commemorate the Arrival of Christendom to Ireland. The history of the holiday begins with St. Patrick, a Fifth Century Romano-British Christian missionary and Bishop of Ireland. When he was 16 he was kidnapped by Irish pirates where he worked as a slave for 6 years. During those 6 years he converted to Christianity. 

 

Later, he escaped his pagan Irish masters and returned back to Britain and became a cleric. He then received a vision from God telling him to go back to Ireland and preach the Gospel to them ,and so he went back to Ireland and converted the Irish to Christendom. He became the Bishop of Ireland and then died on March 17th. He is venerated as a Saint in all branches of the Church but mainly in the Catholic, Orthodox, Lutheran, and Anglican Churches. He is also the Patron Saint of Ireland. 

 

St. Patrick’s Day commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, and celebrates the heritage and culture of the Irish in general. Today, St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations generally involve public parades and festivals, céilís, and the wearing of green attire or shamrocks. How do you plan to celebrate this year?