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)
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.
“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 !
Patrick , patron saint of Ireland. Born in Roman Britain in the late 4th century, he was kidnapped at the age of 16 and taken to Ireland as a slave. He escaped but returned about 432 to convert the Irish to Christianity. By the time of his death on March 17, 461, he had established monasteries, churches, and schools.
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.
May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face; the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again, Originally written in the Irish language, the prayer – the author is unknown – has three main images, namely wind, sun, and rain.
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.
Patrick’s Prayer . May the Strength of God pilot us. May the Hand of God protect us.
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 .
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.
On March 17, Irish and Irish Americans commemorate the death, as legend has it, of Patrick , the patron saint of Ireland, who died on March 17, around 492. But mainly, people today honor Irish heritage and its rich culture and traditions. Cities all over the U.S. celebrate with parades and festivities.
St . Patrick’s Day observes of the death of St . Patrick , the patron saint of Ireland. The holiday has evolved into a celebration of Irish culture with parades, special foods, music, dancing, drinking and a whole lot of green.
It is NOT a good idea to wear orange on St . Patrick’s day . The green represents the Catholics, orange represents the Protestants, white represents the “peace” between the groups. Orange is the color of the Protestants, and Protestants don’t celebrate the saints.
According to Irish folklore, leprechauns were cranky tricksters who you wouldn’t want to mess with. They live alone and pass the time by mending the shoes of Irish fairies. The Americanized, good-natured leprechaun soon became a symbol of St . Patrick’s Day and Ireland in general.