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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

St. Patrick...

(Saint Patrick's Cathedral, on 5th Avenue in N.Y.C.)

It has been said that everybody is Irish on St. Patrick's Day.
(Personally, I'm ¼ Irish all year 'round)

Just about everyone has heard of St. Patrick, but how many know all that much about him? Obviously, he's the patron saint of Ireland, and one doesn't have to be Irish to be aware of that. Interestingly enough he has actually never been officially canonized, however, various Christian churches declare that he is indeed a Saint.

Many stories traditionally associated with St. Patrick are false, passed along during hundreds of years of storytelling.

Some things we do know to be true about him though, based upon a couple of letters that he wrote.

St. Patrick was born in Britain to wealthy parents in the 4th century. When he was around 16 years old, he was captured in Britain by Irish raiders and taken as a slave to Ireland, where he lived for six years before escaping and returning to his family. According to his own writing, a voice (one which he believed to be that of God) spoke to him in a dream and told him that it was time to leave Ireland. After returning to Britain, he said that he'd experienced a second dream, in which an angel told him to return to Ireland as a missionary. Consequently, Patrick began religious training soon afterward. After his ordination as a priest, he was sent to Ireland to minister to Christians already living there...and to begin to convert the Irish.

He is believed to have died on March 17, 460...hence the reason for that being date on which we celebrate St. Patrick's Day, although there is also evidence that he may in fact have died in 493.

By the 8th century he was revered as Ireland's patron saint...


Blogger boberin said...

Fun, informative and interesting tidbits...as always. Very well done sir!

March 17, 2010 9:24 AM  
Blogger Cassandra said...

Happy St. Paddy's Day, Camo :)

March 17, 2010 9:31 AM  
Blogger benning said...

Begorrah! A thirty-three year discrepancy? That calls for a drink!


Good post!

March 17, 2010 9:47 AM  
Blogger Hawkeye® said...

God Bless ya, laddy! (:D)

March 17, 2010 10:01 AM  
Blogger boberin said...

And apparently we wear green (in one version) because leprechauns cannot see green and if they see you they will pinch you.

March 17, 2010 10:06 AM  
Blogger mig said...

And don't forget the snakes. The Druids had snakes tatooed up their arms, and he 'drove the snakes out of Ireland'...

March 17, 2010 10:32 AM  
Blogger angelene said...

Thank you for introducing him. My office people talked about today a lot, especialy a big pray in New York city. Enjoy.

by the way, when you can change a photo of you?

March 17, 2010 11:07 AM  
Blogger Bunny said...

Well done, Jack, and Happy St. Patrick's Day to you, me lad!! I'll probably be throwin' back a "pint" this evenin'...along with a bowl of Guinness Beef Stew. :-)

March 17, 2010 11:30 AM  
Blogger Just call me Shelly said...

Being half Irish and half Swedish creates quite a dilemma within me. You see the Irish hated the Vikings because they came down and stole all their beer.

Reckon that is why my body has all these ailments. Bad blood.

Oh, by the way, St. Olaf came up to Minnesota and rid the state of snow snakes. Though the problem was nearly shipwrecked when the Irish, who stayed in the da big city, became jealous in fear of the Patrick's snake legend was in danger of being one-upped. Anybody can rid the snakes out of green pastures, but a snow bank?

The true storyteller, that is I, will live with the Irish blood year around but there also lives within me a lady Viking that I must hearken too at times also.

Happy St Patty Day one and all.

March 17, 2010 12:49 PM  
Blogger camojack said...

I try. If there are any leprechauns, they'd better not pinch me.

Spoken like a true fellow "Mick". ;-)

I'll drink to that!

Beannacht Lá Fhéile Pádraig
(A blesséd St. Patrick's Day)

So, you're saying the snake story was allegory, then?

Did you tell your "office people" what you had learned about him?

My photo is rather low resolution, huh?

I thought about getting a Guinness, but I have to go work on aircraft. :-(

Ah yes, the dreaded "snow snakes"... :-)

Là Flèile Pàdraig Shona Dhaoibh!
(Happy St. Patrick's Day!!!)

March 17, 2010 9:58 PM  
Blogger Beerme said...

Sorry I was so busy, I missed the party! Happy belated St. Patrick's Day to you, Camo!
Erin go braless...or something like that...

March 19, 2010 10:24 AM  
Blogger camojack said...

I know a couple of Erins, but I don't know if they go braless. However, the story of St. Patrick can be told any day of the year.

Thanks for stopping by...

March 20, 2010 5:23 PM  

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