St. Patrick Quick Fire Overview
The patron saint of Ireland, St. Patrick’s day is celebrated everywhere their is an Irish community worldwide. And why not? The following is a quick fire overview of St. Patrick that’s sure to impress all your friends on the big day:
- St. Patrick didn’t actually drive all the snakes out of Ireland, the country is still full of bishops, politicians and bankers.
- St. Patrick was born in Britain near the end of the fourth century to wealthy parents.
- At the age of 16 he was kidnapped by Irish raiders and brought back to Ireland where he remained in captivity for 6 years.
- He spent most of his time in isolation shepherding sheep. Usually hungery, lonely and scared, he turned to religion for comfort, and began hearing God’s voice.
- With instruction from God, he escaped his captors and returned to Britian.
- Safely home, an angel tells him to return to Ireland to convert the pagans to Christianity.
- After fifteen years study, Patrick is ordained a priest and returns to Ireland as a missionary.
- Patrick dedicates the rest of his life to converting the Irish to Christianity.
- Patrick is belived to have died on 17th of March around 460 A.D.
- Every year on 17th March the Irish have a party to celebrate St. Patrick’s day, even the non-religious among us!
Now you know pretty much all you need to know to tell friend and foe alike the origins of St. Patrick’s Day. For those who would like a little more details see this page The History Of St. Patrick