Who is really St. Patrick?

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Let’s have a little history to define who the man was that now is considered a saint and has a holiday named in his honor. Maewyn, or St. Patrick as we know him, was a self-proclaimed pagan until he was 16. The village where he lived, was raided and he was sold into slavery at 16 by a group of Irish marauders roving about carrying out violent acts and taking their plunder by force.

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While he was a captive, he became closer to God. Six years after his slavery, he escaped and went to Gaul, where he studied in a monastery for 12 years. During this time, Maewyn felts his true calling was to convert pagans to Christianity. He wanted to return to Ireland, but his bishops appointed him to St. Palladious. Finally, after 2 more years, Palladious transferred to Scotland and Patrick, adopting his Christian name earlier, was then appointed the 2ND Bishop of Ireland.

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Patrick set up monasteries, school and churches throughout Ireland which aided him in his conversion of the Irish country to Christianity. He was very successful at winning converts, and this angered the Celtic Druids who tried numerous times to arrest him.

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His mission lasted for 30 years in Ireland. After he retired to County Down, he died March 17. Because of the immense work and conversions this day has been commemorated as St. Patrick’s Day. There is much unsubstantiated folklore that surrounds him and that has been passed down through history. One traditional icon is the three-leafed shamrock, which St. Patrick used to explain the Trinity. He used it to represent, how God the Father, The Son and the Holy Spirit would all exist as separate beings yet be a part of the same entity. His followers adopted a custom of wearing a shamrock on his birthday or feast day. The St. Patrick’s day custom came to America in 1737, celebrated publicly in Boston.  Luck o’ the Irish, A green shamrock, originated from a song that the Irish people sang as a symbol of their support of efforts to free their country.

Origins suggest that Green was considered to be an ‘unlucky’ color by mothers who were afraid for their children to be identified as rebellious by wearing green, thus identifying with those who supported the effort to free their country.

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