What is St. Patrick’s day really about?
Today when we celebrate all things green, pinch our friends and decorate with shamrocks I couln’t help but wonder where the tradition came from. They called this Patrick fellow a Saint for some reason.
Here is what I found out:
Patrick’s was born in Roman Britain in the fourth century, into a wealthy family. His father and grandfather were deacons in the Christian church. At the age of sixteen, he was kidnapped by Irish raiders and taken captive to Ireland as a slave. He endured horrible treatment. He was able to flee from captivity to the coast, where he would board a ship and return to Britain.
Once back in his homeland, he heard the voice of God telling him that he must return to Ireland and help the Irish turn to Christianity. He was more than hesitant to return in fear of becoming captured as a slave again. But he stepped out in faith and returned to Ireland.
Through much opposition, he was able to spread the gospel and worked miracles in Ireland for 40 years.
Irish folklore tells that one of his teaching methods included using the shamrock to explain the Christian doctrine of the Trinity to the Irish people. After devoting most of his life to spreading the gospel, he died on March 17, 461. Becoming the day that we later celebrate St. Patrick’s day! (source)
The phrase “the wearing of the green”, meaning to wear a shamrock on one’s clothing, and living out the gospel.
Enjoy “the wearing of the green today”
Happy St. Patrick’s day!