Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Saint Patrick (b. 387 – d. 461) was born in Roman Britain. When he was fourteen or so, he was captured by Irish pirates during a raiding party. He was taken to Ireland which, at the time was a land of Druids and pagans, where he was sold into slavery.

When he was 20, he escaped after having a dream from God in which he was told to leave Ireland by going to the coast. There he found some sailors who took him back to Britain, where he was reunited with his family.

After studying and becoming a priest, he returned to Ireland on March 25, 433. For 40 years, he preached and eventually converted all of Ireland to the Christian faith. He often used shamrocks (not four leafed clovers) to explain the Holy Trinity. He is well known for having composed this prayer.

The Breastplate of St. Patrick

Christ be within me, Christ behind me, Christ before me.

Christ beside me, Christ to win me, Christ to comfort and restore me.

Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ inquired, Christ in danger,

Christ in hearts of all that love me, Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.

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5 responses to “Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

  1. chrissythehyphenated

    St. Patrick’s love and devotion to the Irish people has extra meaning in this time when people who have never been slaves demand reparations from people who have never owned slaves.

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    • red

      Ouch, but so very true. Yet, it’s a great vote sucker scam.

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      • chrissythehyphenated

        From what I’ve read, the LAST thing the “leaders” of the Black Victim community (e.g., Jesse Jackson) want is for Blacks to actually succeed. Cuz then they’d be out of a job. I read the same thing in … I think if was “Son of Hamas” … that the Palestinians were within inches of a real settlement years ago, but what’s his face (I haven’t had my caffeine yet!) sabotaged it for his own benefit.

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  2. red

    I had a strange thing happen today. Went shopping, and spotted cabbage and bought some. Saw corned beef and thought about taking some streaks and curing them, then bought a piece, instead. Went to the checkout, and the lady smiled and said, Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! I blinked and said, It is? Funny how that worked out. We were planning Chinese beef and broccoli for supper. 🙂 Instinct, maybe 🙂

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    • chrissythehyphenated

      LOL Or your guardian angel has a bit of the Old Sod in his past and just wanted to honor the great saint. 🙂

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