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Who was the man named Saint Patrick?

By Catholic Online
3/15/2016 (3 years ago)
Catholic Online (https://www.catholic.org)

Patron saint of Ireland remembered every March 17

Saint Patrick - remembered with parades, the wearing of green and feasts throughout the world wherever there are people of Irish descent, or wish to be -- was the patron saint and national apostle of Ireland who is credited with bringing Christianity to the country.

Saint Patrick not the first to bring Christianity to Ireland, but it is Patrick who is said to have encountered the Druids at Tara and abolished their pagan rites.

Saint Patrick not the first to bring Christianity to Ireland, but it is Patrick who is said to have encountered the Druids at Tara and abolished their pagan rites.

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By Catholic Online
Catholic Online (https://www.catholic.org)
3/15/2016 (3 years ago)

Published in Christian Saints & Heroes

Keywords: Saint Patricks, Ireland, holiday, sainthood


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Saint Patrick described himself as a "most humble-minded man, pouring forth a continuous paean of thanks to his Maker for having chosen him as the instrument whereby multitudes who had worshipped idols and unclean things had become the people of God."

As to the question of "Why is the Shamrock the National Flower of Ireland?" It is because St. Patrick used it to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagans. Saint Patrick is believed to have been born in the late fourth century.

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Saint Patrick is forever known for driving the snakes from Ireland. It is true that there are no snakes in Ireland, but there probably never have been - the island was separated from the rest of the continent at the end of the Ice Age. As in many old pagan religions, serpent symbols were common and often worshipped. Driving the snakes from Ireland is more than likely an analogy of putting an end to such a pagan practice.

Saint Patrick not the first to bring Christianity to Ireland, but it is Patrick who is said to have encountered the Druids at Tara and brought an end to their pagan rites by winning them to the true faith. The story holds that he was used to bring conversion to the warrior chiefs and princes, baptizing them and thousands of their subjects in the "Holy Wells" that still bear this name.

There are conflicting reports of his death. One says that Patrick died at Saul, Downpatrick, Ireland, on March 17, 460 A.D. His jawbone was preserved in a silver shrine and was often requested in times of childbirth, epileptic fits and as a preservative against the "evil eye."

Another account says that St. Patrick ended his days at Glastonbury, England and was buried there. The Chapel of St. Patrick still exists as part of Glastonbury Abbey. Countless Catholic places of worship all around the world are named after St. Patrick, including cathedrals in New York and Dublin city.

While Saint Patrick's Day has come to be associated with everything Irish, anything green and gold, shamrocks and luck, it is most important to those who celebrate its intended meaning. St. Patrick's Day is a traditional day for spiritual renewal and offering prayers for missionaries worldwide.

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