In honor of St. Patrick's Day coming up on Friday, I felt the need to put together facts about St. Patrick. My Grandma was English/ Irish, and I remember every year she celebrated St. Patrick's Day. My least favorite part of St. Patty's Day was when she would pinch me if I didn't wear green.
St Patrick was born into a prosperous family in Northern England or Southern Scotland in about 385AD. He was assembly named at birth, Maewyn Succat. When Maewyn was 16, he was kidnapped by raiders who took him to Ireland and was a slave for six years.
It is believed, that during the time he was captured he became a Christian. At some point, he escaped to France and studied in a monastery, before returning to Ireland to convert pagans to Christianity.
He then took the Christian/Roman name of Patricius, which was later known as Patrick. Patrick was notably chosen to be the second bishop to Ireland and set up monasteries, churches, and schools. His extraordinary missionary work in Ireland continued for 30 years.
One legion states that he baptized hundreds of people on a single day, and to have used a three-leaf clover–the famous shamrock–to describe the Holy Trinity.
The very first St. Patrick’s Day parade didn't take place Ireland, it took place in the United States. In 1762, Irish soldiers serving in the English military marched through New York City. As years went on, the parades became a display of unity and strength for persecuted Irish-American immigrants. The celebration went global in 1995 when the Irish government began a massive campaign on St. Patrick’s Day showcasing Ireland’s many charms to the rest of the world.
He relinquished life on March 17 and was made a saint by the local church. The year of his death is contested, but it is thought to be around 461AD.
How neat right? If you have more fun facts to add to St. Patrick's Day, leave comments below.
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