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Post  Admin on Wed 16 Mar 2011, 12:51 pm

HISTORY OF ST. PATRICK'S DAY

I. INTRODUCTION

Though primarily an Irish Catholic Holiday, St. Patty's day (as it
is also called) is celebrated in many parts of the world.
Although it's not a national holiday in the United States, many
communities across the country celebrate St. Patrick's Day with
parades, festivals, and "wearing of the green."
In fact, St. Patrick's Day parades are an American invention. The
first parade honoring the day occurred in Boston in 1762. Over the
years, parades and other celebrations on St. Patrick's Day became a
way for Irish immigrants to remember their roots. W
ho was St. Patrick, and what is the meaning behind some well-known
St. Patrick's Day legends? Let's find out.

II. WHO WAS St.PATRICK

Patrick was born in Britain. His father was a wealthly alderman and
a Christian. When Patrick was l6, hwoever, pirates captured him
during a raid and sold him as a slave in Ireland. He served as a
shepherd of an Irish chieftain in Ulster.
Some historians, however, think that he was born in Scotland or
Wales around 370 A.D. and that his given name was Maewyn Succat. His
parents, Calpurnius and Conchessa, were Romans living in Britain.
Patrick (Maewyn) was kidnapped and sold into slavery in Ireland,
where he worked as a shepherd. It was during that time he began to
have religious visions and dreams. In one dream, he was shown a way
to escape from Ireland — by going to the coast and getting on a
ship. After a perilous journey of hundreds of miles, he arrived at
the coast and discovered a ship bound to Britain.

Back in Britain, Maewyn's dreams continued. In his spiritual
autobiography, the Confessio, he told of a dream about a man named
Victoricus, who came to him with letters from Ireland. In this
vision, Maewyn writes:

"...as I read the beginning of the letter I thought that at the
same moment I heard their voice...and this did they cry out as with
one mouth: 'We ask thee, boy, come and walk among us once more.'

Although these visions moved him, Maewyn didn't feel himself worthy
of returning to Ireland in his non-believer state. So, he journeyed
to France where he entered a monastery and began studying for the
priesthood. At this time he changed his name to Patrick
(meaning "father of his people" in Latin).

During his captivity, Patrick dedicated himself to religion. He
escaped after six years of slavery and returned to his home in
Britain. As a result of his experiences in Ireland, Patrick became
driven by the idea of converting the Irish to Christianity. So he
studied in the monastery of Lerins, off an island in France and
studied under St Germanus a French bishop. Patrick was a dedicated
Christian man.

It was only after finding his true spiritual self that Patrick felt
he could answer the call to return to Ireland to "care and labour
for the salvation of others." He returned as a bishop around 432
A.D., traveled throughout Ireland spreading the word of God, and
built churches and schools.

Patrick finially got the chance and served as a missionary in
Northern and western Ireland. Patrick is said to have founded more
then 300 churches and baptized more than 120,000 persons. An
interesting legend is that Patrick used a three leaf "shamrock" to
illustrate the idea of the Trinity. Many believe the shamrock became
the traditional symbol of Ireland as a result of this legend.
Patrick's humility, engaging personality, and knowledge of the
social structure in Ireland helped his mission succeed. Eventually
he made his headquarters at Armagh (in present-day Northern
Ireland). By the time of his death on March 17 between 461 A.D. and
490 A.D., Ireland was almost entirely Christian. St. Patrick is
Ireland's patron saint.

III. CELEBERATING IN IRELAND

In Ireland, St. Patrick's Day is both a national and religious
holiday. Stores and offices are closed, but restaurants remain open.
Many people attend church and offer special prayers. The holiday
falls during Lent, a period when eating meat is forbidden, but the
ban is lifted on St. Patrick's Day and families enjoy special meals
with traditional Irish food.

Since 1995 the Irish government sanctioned festivals and other
events on St. Patrick's Day as a way to increase tourism and show
off Ireland to the rest of the world.

The official St. Patrick's Festival site has live video footage of
the festival from Dublin Castle, as well as a complete guide to the
events, parades, and fairs occurring in and around Dublin over the
four-day celebration. The highlight will be a fireworks display on
Saturday March 16, which typically attracts 500,000 people to Dublin
city center.

IV. THE LEGENDS

There are numerous legends surrounding the life of St. Patrick. Here
are some of the more familiar ones:

It is believed that in 441 A.D., St. Patrick fasted and prayed for
40 days at the summit of Croagh Patrick ("the Reek") in County Mayo.
During this time, as blackbirds assaulted him, St. Patrick continued
to pray and ring a bell as a proclamation of his faith. In answer to
his prayers, an angel appeared to tell him that the Irish people
would retain their Christian faith for all time. Today, more than
100,000 pilgrims visit the Reek annually to follow in St. Patrick's
footsteps. Traditionally, pilgrims ascend the rocky trail barefoot.

One myth is while atop the mountain that St. Patrick drove all the
snakes in Ireland to the sea. Historians generally agree that this
myth serves as a metaphor for St. Patrick's good works. Since snakes
are a common pagan symbol — and are not found in Ireland — this tale
symbolizes St. Patrick's driving paganism out of Ireland.

Some believed that St. Patrick explained the concept of the Trinity
in Christianity using a shamrock he found growing at his feet. More
likely, the three-part leaf was worn by the people of Ireland as a
symbol of the cross. It is assumed, however, that St. Patrick knew
about the significance of the shamrock in other religious and pagan
traditions, and may have incorporated it into his explanations and
teachings.

V. THE SHAMROCK

The green shamrock (trefoil or seamair Óg) is the national symbol of
Ireland, but this member of the legume family may be white, red, or
yellow. The Druids, ancestors of the modern Irish people, believed
in the holiness of the trefoil because of a sacred symbol formed by
its three leaves. The number three figures prominently in other
religions, too. To Christians its leaves form a cross and serve to
represent the Trinity. It was thought that followers of St. Patrick
wore a shamrock on his feast day.
Legend also has it that snakes avoid trefoil, and that it is a
remedy for snake and scorpion bites.

A traditional blessing:
For each petal on the shamrock
This brings a wish your way
Good health, good luck, and happiness
For today and every day.

VI. FOUR-LEAF CLOVER

Find a four-leaf clover: The Druids believed that a four-leaf clover
could help in spotting witches or other demons. Some modern-day
spiritualists claim that a four-leaf clover releases energy and
helps one's judgment. Yet others feel that finding a four-leaf
clover brings good fortune, not just on St. Patrick's Day.
Normally, the clover plant produces the familiar "segmented" leaf
with three parts. However, botanists believe that if a young clover
leaf is damaged or exposed to certain chemicals, then it produces a
four-leaf clover.

VII. WEARING OF THE GREEN

This color represents Ireland (the "Emerald Isle"), the shamrock,
and spring. It is as closely associated with St. Patrick's Day as
red is with Valentine's Day. Many schoolchildren and others — Irish
or not — wear green on St. Patrick's Day.

VIII. KISS THE BLARNEY STONE

This famous stone is set in one of the walls in the tower of the
Blarney Castle. It's thought that an old woman cast a spell on the
stone as a reward to the king for saving someone from drowning.
Under the spell, the king spoke eloquently. According to legend,
kissing the Blarney Stone brings the kisser "persuasive eloquence"
("blarney").

Because of the stone's location, it's no easy feat to kiss it. One
must bend over backwards and hold onto a metal bar.

IX. THE LEPRECHAUNS

A Wee Bit about Leprechauns Fairies fill Irish folklore. These make-
believe creatures can assume various human or animal forms. They
love music and may even lead humans astray with their pipe playing
and singing. Irish fairies fall into two main groups: sociable and
solitary. Perhaps the best known of the solitary fairies are the
leprechauns. (Fantasy.... .. non-existent)

Leprechauns have the distinction of being the most solitary of the
solitaries, avoiding contact with humans, other fairies, and even
other leprechauns! These two-foot tall, unfriendly, gruff men (there
are no female leprechauns) prefer to pass their time making shoes
for other fairies. They usually wear a green coat, a green hat, and
a shoemaker's apron. (Of course, this is all fantasy..... )

Due to their thrifty nature, they are trusted to guard fairy
treasures and hide their pots of gold very carefully. But rainbows
and the sound of a shoemaker's hammer provide humans with clues as
to the whereabouts of a leprechaun and his hidden treasure.
According to legend, if you catch a leprechaun, you can force him to
tell you where he hides his treasure. But there's a "catch": if you
look away from him for even a second — and he will try to trick you
into doing so — he'll disappear, taking his treasure with him!
Beannachtai na feile Padraig
Happy St. Patrick's Day
Theresa Q. Pavone,A.TH, B.TH

Phillippians 4:13 "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me." KJV

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St Patrick's Day is held on 17 March each year, believed to be the anniversary of the saint's death. Originally a Briton he was enslaved in his youth in Ireland but despite escaping he later returned to Ireland to spread Christianity in the 5th century. According to legend, he banished snakes from the island and used a shamrock to teach the concept of the Holy Trinity.
Happy St. Patricks Day ICEL
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May God keep you in the palms of his hand.
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Sydney Opera House is one of several global landmarks lit green for St Patrick's Day. Photograph: By Ryan Pierse/Getty Images
Several of the world's landmarks are turning green for St Patrick's Day today, the annual celebration of all hues of Irishness.
The Sydney Opera House, London Eye, Toronto's CN Tower and New York's Empire State building will be lit by green floodlights as part of a marketing push by Tourism Ireland.
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The Chicago River is dyed green each year for the St. Patrick's Day celebration, shown here in 2008

Back in Ireland, Dublin's flagship parade started at 12pm in Parnell Square, led by soccer legend Packie Bonner. Around 650,000 people are expected to line the 3km (2-mile) route. This year it takes the theme The Extraordinary World - a nod to Ireland's increasing multiculturalism as well as the past two centuries' global spread of the Irish.
New York's St Patrick's Day parade is the world's largest, and attracts 150,000 official marchers along 5th Ave, 44th-45th St. The parades originally started in the US but have since become part of Paddy's Day celebrations everywhere.
This year Ireland is pushing itself especially hard as a tourist destination as the country faces its worst recession since the Great Depression, with double-digit unemployment and net emigration for the first time in 15 years.
St Patrick's Day is Ireland's first major tourist event of the year, packing hotels and pubs with visitors seeking an all-night party. Ireland's weeklong festival gets bigger each year, with more than 100 parades today in cities, towns and villages across the country.
Virtually the entire Irish government left the country this week to greet foreign leaders and corporate kingpins in 23 countries in hopes of rekindling the investment wave that fuelled Ireland's Celtic Tiger boom of 1994-2007.
Prime Minister Brian Cowen was meeting US President Barack Obama at the White House, continuing Ireland's tradition of annual access to perhaps the most powerful man on earth.
President Mary McAleese, Ireland's ceremonial head of state who stayed at home to preside over the Dublin parade and her own St Patrick's garden party, said the Irish had powerful allies in politics and business backed by 70 million people of Irish descent, half of them Americans.
"We are lucky to have such a large global family. It has proved itself to be a very precious and important resource in every generation," she said.

It is good to see the tradition kept alive and sharing with one another
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The History of St Patrick's Day

St. Patrick was not a leprechaun but actually a missionary.
To learn more about this special occasion links provided below.

http://www.history.com/content/stpatricksday/history-of-the-holiday

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29730222/
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