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Shamrocks and St. Patrick's Day

Original post made by Irish Connected on Mar 16, 2007

To add to the festivities of St. Patrick's Day being celebrated by almost everyone, I thought I would share the story of St. Patrick.

Patrick was an English boy who was kidnapped and taken to Ireland as a slave back in the 6th century (or thereabouts). Some years later he escaped and went back to England where he was educated. Since he had grown to love the country and people of Ireland he went back there as a missionary to teach the pagan Irish about Christianity. As he tried to teach the difficult concept of the Holy Trinity to the people he used an easily available tool to teach about the three Gods in one Godhead. He picked up a shamrock which grows everywhere in Ireland and shows the three leaves making one leaf on the plant as a visible tool to teach the people which they could readily understand. This symbol of a shamrock is now used as a symbol of St. Patrick, but his original use was the shamrock as a symbol of the Holy Trinity.

As well as converting Ireland to Christianity, St. Patrick is also remembered as removing all snakes from Ireland and is now of course the Patron Saint of the country.

Comments (1)

Posted by JustMe, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Mar 16, 2007 at 4:24 pm

That description is true, but it does not begin to relate the effects of what St. Patric did. The ramifications of his story reached and shaped the whole world.

Read How the Irish Saved Civilization by Thomas Cahill for a better idea of the events he put in motion.


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