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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Happy St Patrick's Day!

Ah, St. Paddy's.  The day most people associate with parades and drinking green beer...

 How many of you know there's more to it than that?  Well c'mon, after all it's SAINT Patrick's Day!  In fact until the 1970's Irish law mandated that all pubs be closed on St Patrick's Day.  For those that celebrate the intended meaning of the day it is a day of spiritual renewal and offering prayer for missionaries.
The story of St Patrick ridding Ireland of snakes is just that, a story.  And like many a religious story it has to do with Christianity and paganism.  It is believed that the snakes in this legend were the pagans and that as St Patrick spread the seeds of Christianity in Ireland he thus ridded it of the pagan religions, or snakes.
*Interesting side note, quite a few pagan rituals and customs were incorporated into religious ceremonies, rituals and customs to ease the conversion of the pagans to Christianity.*
As for how clovers became associated with St Patrick's Day, St Patrick used the clover to illustrate the Holy Trinity.

 And now a toast, whether you're having green beer or not:
May your blessings outnumber
the shamrocks that grow
and may trouble avoid you wherever you go

Slainte!! 

*Pictures found with Google Images*

1 comment:

  1. St. Patrick's Day was also originally represented by the color blue, which even your pic of him denotes him wearing (supposedly he did). It was only about 30-40 years ago that the blue was switched to green to represent Ireland to the world.

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