Ah, it’s Saint Patrick’s Day and the day we paint nearly everything we eat, drink and wear the color green and join with our friends partying it up in style just like Saint Patrick did, back in the day.
Well, that’s not exactly what happened but hey, drink up, party like it’s 1999 and have fun because you know what, it is okay.
But as you paint your world green and enjoy all the festivities of the day, don’t forget the history of Saint Patrick or this Feast of Saint Patrick to which we celebrate.
Saint Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland. He was a Christian missionary given credited with converting Ireland to Christianity in the AD 400s. So many legends surround his life that the truth is not easily found.
St Patrick was not actually Irish. His exact birthplace and date is not known. However it is believed he was born around 375AD in Scotland. His parents were Calpurnius and Conchessa, were Romans living in Britain in charge of the colonies.
His real name is believed to be Maewyn Succat and he took on the name Patrick upon becoming a priest.
As a teen he was kidnapped by pirates and sold into slavery in Ireland to herd and tend sheep on Slemish mountain, Co Antrim.
During his six-year captivity, he became fluent in the Irish language, he turned to God in prayer. He escaped after having a dream sent from God in which he was told to leave Ireland by going to the coast where he would find a ship waiting to sail to Britain.
He is believed to have met up with his parents in Wales before travelling to France where he became a priest and later a bishop.
Patrick was sent another dream in which the people of Ireland were calling out to him to come and walk among them once more.
He was set the task of teaching Christianity to the Irish. He travelled throughout Ireland, preaching the Gospel and converting many. He and his disciples preached and converted thousands and began building churches all over the country.
Patrick preached and converted all over Ireland for 40 years. The date cited for when Ireland was converted to Christianity is 432.
There is much debate over when and where he died. It is believed he died on 17 March, 460 at Saul, Downpatrick. That is why Saint Patrick’s day is celebrated on March 17th. Some people suggest he was also born on 17 March.
Wikipedia says Saint Patrick’s Day, or the Feast of Saint Patrick (Irish: Lá Fhéile Pádraig, “the Day of the Festival of Patrick”), is a cultural and religious celebration held on 17 March, the traditional death date of Saint Patrick (c. AD 385–461), the foremost patron saint of Ireland.
It says Saint Patrick’s Day was made an official Christian feast day in the early 17th century and is observed by the Catholic Church, the Anglican Communion (especially the Church of Ireland), the Eastern Orthodox Church, and the Lutheran Church. The day commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, and celebrates the heritage and culture of the Irish in general. Celebrations generally involve public parades and festivals, cèilidhs, and the wearing of green attire or shamrocks.Christians who belong to liturgical denominations also attend church services and historically the Lenten restrictions on eating and drinking alcohol were lifted for the day.
So on this day, remember that as you slide down the banister of life, may the splinters never point in the wrong direction. May your day also come with these additional old Irish Toasts and Blessings.
- May you see your children’s children.
- May you be poor in misfortunes and rich in blessings.
- May you know nothing but happiness from this day forward.
- God grant you to be happy as the flowers in May.
- If God sends you down a stony path, may he give you strong shoes.
- May you get the reward in Heaven that’s been denied you for your goodness here on earth.
- Health and long life to you.
- That the ten toes of your feet might always steer you clear of misfortune.
- May you live as long as you want and never want as long as you live.
- May you be an hour in Heaven before the Devil knows your dead.
- That the doctor might never earn a pound out of you.
- May the saddest day of your future be no worse than the happiest day of your past.
- May the smile of the lord light you to glory.
- That the sons of your sons may smile up in your face.
- May the Lord keep you in His hand and never close His fist too tight.
- May good fortune be yours, may your joys never end.
- May your bed be made in Heaven.
- That the frost might never afflict your spuds.
- May the light of heaven shine on your grave.
- God be on your road every way you go.
- Bless your little Irish heart and every other Irish part.
- God’s fresh blessings be about you.
- That the dust of your carriage wheels may blind the eyes of your foes.
- Bless those minding cattle,
And those minding sheep,
And those fishing the sea
While the rest of us sleep.
- May God and His Holy Mother take the harm of the year away from you.
- May the roof above us never fall in, and may the friends gathered below it never fall out.
- Wishin’ you a pot o’ gold, and all the joy your heart can hold.
- That money may fly in the doors to you if it be for your own soul’s good.
- That the Devine Infant will light the road before you every night and day.
- May you live to be a hundred years, with one extra year to repent!
- The Almighty shower down blessings on your head, day and night.
- May the pitcher be filled with wine instead of water the next time you call to the house.
- May the road rise up to you.
- May your neighbors respect you,
Trouble neglect you,
The angels protect you,
And heaven accept you.
- May your hearth be warm, your holiday’s grand and your heart held gently in the Good Lord’s Hand.
- The belt of Christ about you on your going out and your coming in.
- May your blessings outnumber the shamrocks that grow, and may trouble avoid you wherever you go.
- May the friendships you make, be those which endure; and all of your grey clouds, be small ones for sure.