From the onset, St. Patrick tells us that he arises “through the strength of heaven.” “God’s might to uphold me, God’s wisdom to guide me … God’s word to speak for me … God’s shield to protect me … afar and anear, alone or in a multitude.”
“A wish that every day for you will be happy from the start and may you always have good luck and a song within your heart.” “May your blessings outnumber the shamrocks that grow. And may trouble avoid you wherever you go.” For the whole world is Irish on the Seventeenth o’ March !
St . Patrick , (flourished 5th century, Britain and Ireland; feast day March 17), patron saint and national apostle of Ireland, credited with bringing Christianity to Ireland and probably responsible in part for the Christianization of the Picts and Anglo-Saxons.
invocation of the virtues of the natural world: the sun, fire, lightning, wind, etc. invocation of various aspects of God – his wisdom, his eye, his ear, his hand, etc. lists of the things against which protection is required, including false prophets, heathens, heretics, witches and wizards (druids)
“May joy and peace surround you, contentment latch your door, and happiness be with you now and bless you evermore!” “May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind always be at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face, and rains fall soft upon your fields.
May the sun shine warm upon your face; the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand. “May the wind be always at your back.”
Common good luck charms include a horseshoe, a four-leafed clover, a sprig of heather and a rabbit’s foot. This St . Patrick’s Day , it’s good to remember that you don’t have to be Irish to be lucky .
“Don’t break your shin on a stool that is not in your way.” “Give away all you like, but keep your bills and your temper.” “It’s no use carrying an umbrella if your shoes are leaking.” “ Leprechauns , castles, good luck and laughter.
Legend has it that the good luck of the shamrock began when it was a revered pagan symbol, with the missionary Patrick later using its three leaves to explain the Holy Trinity (whether he actually did so is up for debate). Today, however, the shamrock remains a secular token of good fortune.
Patrick was never formally canonised, having lived prior to the current laws of the Catholic Church in these matters. Nevertheless, he is venerated as a Saint in the Catholic Church and in the Eastern Orthodox Church, where he is regarded as equal-to-the-apostles and Enlightener of Ireland.
He arrived in Ireland in 433 and began preaching the Gospel, converting many thousands of Irish and building churches around the country. After 40 years of living in poverty, teaching, traveling and working tirelessly, Patrick died on March 17, 461 in Saul, where he had built his first church.
” There are no snakes in Ireland for the simple reason they couldn’t get there because the climate wasn’t favorable for them to be there ,” he said. Ireland’s only native reptile, the species must have arrived within the last 10,000 years, according to Monaghan.
What gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit did St . Patrick have , and how did he display them: One of his biggest gifts was courage, because he helped and cured others in need of his help. And also he had a lot of courage to change others point of view about who they believe in.
There were already Christians in Ireland upon Patrick’s arrival and Christian communities were well established. Patrick did not so much bring Christianity to the island as popularize it and, according to legend, he began with a flourish which has become one of the best known tales concerning him.
1 : a Roman cuirass of leather or metal. 2 [New Latin, from Latin] : a hard protective case or shell (as of a rotifer)