Thoughts about Saint Patrick’s Day
Wishing you lots of cheer, beer and Irish blessings!
I was checking my memory archived hoping to revive my thoughts about the feast of Saint Patrick. To my surprised there was none, “Nada”. Forced myself to think and did some research…
Let me just be brief…
Feast day of Saint Patrick,
commemoration of the arrival of Christianity in Ireland and, by extension, celebrates the heritage and culture of the Irish in general.
Celebrations generally involve public parades and festivals, céilithe, and the wearing of green attire or shamrocks.
Saint Patrick’s Day, or the Feast of Saint Patrick (Irish: Lá Fhéile Pádraig, lit. ‘the Day of the Festival of Patrick’), is a cultural and religious celebration held on 17 March, the traditional death date of Saint Patrick (c. 385 – c. 461), the foremost patron saint of Ireland.
San Francisco held its parade last Saturday and New York will hold theirs this coming Saturday.
In observance, and to show your civic minded spirit with your Irish friends wearing green and shamrock is a good idea. Too prepare recipe with corned beef…
Why is the leprechaun on St. Patrick Day?
One icon of the Irish holiday is the Leprechaun. The original Irish name for these figures of folklore is “lobaircin,” meaning “small-bodied fellow.” Belief in leprechauns probably stems from Celtic belief in fairies, tiny men and women who could use their magical powers to serve good or evil.
What is a famous quote from Saint Patrick?
Christ beside me,
Christ before me,
Christ behind me, Christ within me,
Christ beneath me, Christ above me.
The Lord is greater than all:
I have said enough.
I have a Creator who knew all things, even before they were made – even me, his poor little child.
Note: What is the story of St. Patrick and the shamrock?
Shamrocks symbolize St. Patrick’s Day because St. Patrick was a Christian missionary who used a clover to explain the Holy Trinity of Christianity, which is God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. He said the three leaves stand for the three beings of God, and the stem shows how they are united into one.