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St. Patrick Quick Fire Overview

by Admin · July 19, 2011

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

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